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A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals – Lucy Ruth Cummins

A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals – Lucy Ruth Cummins

A Hungry Lion

5 Stars (5 / 5)

I have had this book for a while now and It has taught me a very valuable lesson: **ALWAYS READ A BOOK YOURSELF BEFORE READING IT TO YOUR SMALL CHILD!!** I was shopping one day and found this book in dymocks. I don’t know if I was in a hurry or just not paying attention, but I should have thought (FROM THE DARN TITLE MEL!!!) that perhaps this is slightly inappropriate for the little ones. A DWINDLING Assortment of Animals. Sigh.

So as any other somewhat slightly intelligent person can figure out from the cover, there is a lion in this book, and there is a dwindling assortment of animals. As in, there are a lot of animals, and then there are not so many animals. One guess as to where they go…. But there are a few twists and turns to this book, don’t start complaining I’m giving away the story for you… The lion’s dietary preferences do not spoil the story here.

Anyway, there I was sitting with my (then 2 year old) son on the couch reading this book, he was extremely excited about the fact that there was a lion. I on the other hand, was silently regretting my choice of children’s book purchase, and wondering if I could suddenly take it away without a tantrum. HOWEVER, he BLOODY LOVED IT!!!

I’m not sure if he was just at the age where he didn’t really understand that a lion EATS other animals, or if he just didn’t care. He thought it was the funniest book he had ever seen, and proceeded to make me read it to him 5 more times in the next hour.

So a year on, he certainly does understand that lions eat other animals now, but he still loves this book. He enjoys finding and pointing out the animals as I read them out, he loves the twists the book takes, and he LOVES the ending!

The only thing I don’t like about this book is after we read it my son goes around the house yelling “HEY! WHO TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS?!!”.

Would we recommend A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals?

Yes, but only to children who are not sensitive to the food chain and the “cycle of life”!


If you enjoy A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals, you may enjoy:

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Charlie Chick Wants to Play – Ant Parker and Nick Denchfield

Charlie Chick Wants to Play (Charlie Chick Series) – Ant Parker and Nick Denchfield

 

Charlie Chick Wants to Play

5 Stars (5 / 5)

Oh that Charlie Chick! How cute he is! What is it about pull the flap books that toddlers and young children love? I remember back to my childhood, I loved all the Spot and other pull the flap books. Even though I knew what was behind those pieces of cardboard, it still made me so excited to look underneath them. Oh to be young again! I’m afraid I don’t quite get that excitement anymore. Thankfully my son does!

Charlie Chick Wants to Play in this instalment of the Charlie Chick series. However, his ball is missing! “OH NO” my son exclaims! He has to go and find it, and meets some friends along the way.

Even though my son is 3 and a half. He still loves this book. Full of animals, colours, and a fun adventure for little Charlie Chick, he loves reading it. I have found him numerous times reading it to himself (he has memorised most of the words, it’s very cute!), and he always has a lot of fun pulling the flaOliver Charlie Chickps. I am surprised that it has not been destroyed yet.

Would We Recommend “Charlie Chick Wants to Play”?

Yes, its an extremely cute, short and fun read, especially for the very little ones!

Thanks to Pan Macmillan Aus for sending us Charlie Chick Wants to Play. As you can see, it is much loved! Although now has drool stains!

It is available for purchase at Pan Macmillan HERE or check your local bookstore.

About the Authors:

Nick Denchfield is a talented paper engineer who creates fabulously intricate pop-up books. His work is admired for its wit, invention and ingenuity. Nick is the creator of the staggeringly successful series, illustrated by Anne Sharp, which includes DINOSAUR PARK and MAGICAL BEASTS. He lives near Reading with his family.

 

Ant Parker studied Visual Communications at Bath Academy of Art where he learnt about etching, drawing, bookbinding and animation. He then spent ten years doing editorial illustrations as well as making fish in boxes, teaching bookbinding, and gardening before beginning to illustrate children’s books. Ant lives in South London during the week and in Sussex at the weekend.


If you enjoy Charlie Chick Wants to Play, you may enjoy:

It's a Little Baby   The Everywhere Bear   What the ladybird heard on holiday   Dinosaur Roar

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The Everywhere Bear – Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Hobb

The Everywhere Bear – Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb

The Everywhere Bear

5 Stars (5 / 5)

My son and I first enjoyed a book by this pair last year, when my son was obsessed with It’s a Little Baby. So after reading that at least a thousand times, I was delighted when I was sent The Everywhere Bear, even though I knew I would probably know all the words off by heart by the end of the week!

The classroom bear gets to go home with each child and has many exciting adventures. But when one of the children loses him in a puddle, how does The Everywhere Bear find its way back home?

My son is really beginning to appreciate longer, more complex books. His attention span is finally lasting more than 2 minutes, and he really enjoyed this story! Especially since there was an “Ollie” in it! This story is adorable, and the illustrations are beautiful. Oliver loves the colourful characters, and how colourful the bear gets by the end of the story. He loves looking for things in books so was excited to point out where the Everywhere Bear is on every page. I could tell that he found the story quite exciting, exclaiming “OH NO MUMMY!!!” when the bear fell into the ocean. I really love seeing his emotions and reasoning start to shine through when we read together and  “The Everywhere Bear” is one of those books that as we read, shows me that he is really beginning to understand the world around him.

Would we recommend The Everywhere Bear?

Absolutely! It’s a beautiful children’s book with gorgeous illustrations and I’m sure all children will enjoy it!

Big thanks to Pan Macmillan and the authors for sending me a copy of The Everywhere Bear for my son and I to enjoy together.

The Everywhere Bear is available for purchase HERE, or check your local bookstore.

Julia Donaldson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world’s best-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children’s Laureate. Her books include What the Ladybird Heard and What the Ladybird Heard Next, Tyrannosaurus Drip and the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over sixty languages. Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs and her brilliant live children’s shows are always in demand.

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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:

Rebecca Cobb is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most talented names in picture books. Since graduating from Falmouth College of Arts in 2004 she has published a number of well-received books with Macmillan, including the heart-breakingly beautiful Missing Mummy and the critically acclaimed Aunt Amelia.

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If you enjoy The Everywhere Bear, you may enjoy:

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What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday – Julia Donaldson

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday – Julia Donaldson and Illustrated by Lydia Monks

What the ladybird heard on holiday

5 Stars (5 / 5)

Oh wow! What a fantastic book! This is a wonderful bedtime (or daytime) story that my son and I really enjoy!

While on holidays, the ladybird heard that two crooks want to take a monkey from the zoo, and use him to sneak into the palace to steal the crown jewels… How will she stop them?

This book was undeniably delightful! Beautifully illustrated with brilliant colours and fun glittered textures on the page, this hardcover book is too good to get my sons grubby hands all over! It is a very sweet story, and is full of rhymes that my son just loves! He enjoys counting all the animals on the pages, especially the dogs. He also loves searching for the ladybird on each page, even though he remembers where they all are after reading it so many times.

From an adult perspective, it is extremely cute and I don’t have to fake my enjoyment of it! My son is only 3 years old and his attention span is quite limited, but this book manages to keep his attention with its witty rhyming prose and beautiful illustrations. The pages are really thick so not easily able to tear which is really important for kids books, as kids tend to pull on the pages a bit too hard at times.

Would we recommend What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday?

Absolutely! A beautiful book that my 3 year old enjoys, and my newborn loves to look at.

Massive thanks to Pan Macmillan and the author, for sending What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday for my son and I to review.

You can purchase What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday HERE or check out your local bookstore.


If you enjoy What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday, you may enjoy:

It's a Little Baby   Dinosaur Roar   Dinosaur Boo

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Dinosaur Boo The Deinonychus – Jeanne Willis

Dinosaur Boo The Deinonychus (The World of Dinosaur Roar Book #2) – Jeanne Willis

Dinosaur Boo

5 Stars (5 / 5)

As I have mentioned before, my son is a dinosaur freak! He is also crazy about books, so no surprises that this one is extremely popular and well read!

Dinosaur Boo is a mischievous little rascal, scaring the other dinosaurs in the land of Dinosaur Roar! He goes around yelling “Boo!!!” at everyone, until he finally meets his match.

Do we recommend Dinosaur Boo?

Oh yes indeed we do! This is my 3 year old son’s absolute favourite book in the World of Dinosaur Roar series so far. And depending on the day, is his FAVOURITE book! He LOVES to (loudly) yell out “BOO!!” whenever Dinosaur Boo does, and gets extremely upset if I don’t read it to him again, and again and again. I have hidden it from him a few times when we have read it 50 times that day!

I think its absolutely fantastic. The story is really cute and I love the rhyming, and the illustrations are vibrant and colourful. Like the others, it contains a page at the end full of dinosaur facts, this one is on the deinonychus. This series is a great way to introduce dinosaurs to kids, or in our case to learn specific facts about dinosaurs that my son already knows about. Or to dinosaur novice parents, introduce the dinosaur, and it thankfully includes a handy section on how to pronounce it to your child 🙂

Many thanks to the author via Pan Macmillan for a copy of Dinosaur Boo for us to enjoy together, which has already been read at least 100 times! At least!

You can order your copy HERE  at the Pan Macmillan Australia site, or check out your local bookstore.

 


If you enjoy Dinosaur Boo The Deinonychus, you may also enjoy:

Dinosaur Roar   It's a Little Baby

 

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Dinosaur Roar The Tyrannosaurus Rex – Jeanne Willis

Dinosaur Roar The Tyrannosaurus Rex (The World of Dinosaur Roar Book #1)

Dinosaur Roar

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Now, my son loves dinosaurs. Yes, I know a lot of 3 year old kids love dinosaurs. But my son LOVES dinosaurs.

He only wants to wear dinosaur clothes, dinosaur socks, and dinosaur shoes… He takes two toy dinosaurs with him wherever he goes, and goes up to random people saying “This is my tyrannosaurus! This is my spinosaurus!” “Look, this is my allosaurus!”.  He constantly corrects me if I get my dinosaurs wrong, because “Mummy you don’t know dinosaurs, that’s a VELOCIRAPOR!”. He has a giant blue dinosaur skeleton next to his bed that takes up half his bedroom, and only wants to watch dinosaur movies/tv shows. He is dinosaur MAD!

So Pan Macmillan must have had a clairvoyant moment when they sent me this book.

Dinosaur Roar – The tyrannosaurus rex, is part of the Dinosaur Roar series. I guess its like a spin off from the original and much loved (especially in our dinosaur house) classic Dinosaur Roar. Its set in the World Of Dinosaur Roar.

Dinosaur Roar the Tyrannosaurus Rex obviously loves to roar. Loudly. This delightful little book introduces some other characters, Dinosaur Munch, Dinosaur Boo, Dinosaur Squeak and Dinosaur Honk, when Dinosaur Roar interacts with them, or roars at them really. It also has a section at the end with facts about the tyrannosaurus rex.

Did we enjoy Dinosaur Roar – The Tyrannosaurus Rex?

This book is cute and perfect for my 3 year old with its rhyming and beautiful colourful illustrations of the different dinosaurs. My son just adores this book, and this, and the other books we have in the dinosaur boo series, are among the most requested books in his collection. He loves pointing out how the tyrannosaurus rex has sharp teeth and tiny little hands, and calls him the LIZARD KING! He knows almost all of the words off by heart now.

I think this book is really cute. However, the story just doesn’t flow quite as easily as the others in the series, and out of the series it is my least favourite. However it’s not up to me! My son loves it! And that’s all that matters.

Big dinosaur thanks to Pan Macmillan and the author for sending me a copy of Dinosaur Roar – The Tyrannosaurus rex for my son and I to read and enjoy together. And for bringing a HUGE smile to his face!

You can purchase Dinosaur Roar the Tyrannosaurus rex HERE or leading children’s books retailers.


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It's a Little Baby

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It’s a Little Baby – Julia Donaldson

It’s a Little Baby – Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb (Illustrator)

It's a Little Baby

One of the best things about having a book blog is the opportunity to review new children’s books with my son! Oliver has only recently turned 2 years old, and he loves to read! (I wonder where he gets that from..?) We read together numerous times every day and he just loves turning the pages and attempting to mimic the words when I say them.image

It’s a Little Baby is an absolutely delightful lift the flap book with gorgeous illustrations and a cute poem/song that my son just adores!

“Somebody’s hiding. I wonder who. It’s a little baby and he’s waving at you.” The babies do different things on each page under the flap, such as waving or clapping, and the child is asked to mimic the actions of the baby. It is accompanied by a song online that is available through the website or by scanning the QR code on the back cover.

Oliver has so much fun pulling the flap and seeing what the little baby is doing! He constantly yells “BABY” when he pulls the flap to see the baby. He also loves the illustrations of the dog, cat, and other animals that are throughout the pages, and he enjoys pointing, waving and dancing with the babies. He likes the accompanying song and dances and twirls aroimageund the room whenever I play it. It is his go-to book at the moment and is constantly produced whenever I ask him to “grab a book to read”.

From my perspective I think its adorable. The baby illustrations are so cute and I really love seeing how much fun my son has with it. My son is slightly behind in his speech, so I love anything that encourages him to say words and copy actions. This book is now known as the “baby book”!

Would I recommend “It’s a Little Baby”?

Absolutely! I have no doubt that any young child will love this book with the fun rhymes, gorgeous illustrations and fun book flaps revealing cute little babies! The only thing that I don’t like about it is that I have to read it to him at least 20 times a day!

5 Stars (5 / 5)

No hesitation! 5 Stars! Fantastic book!

Many thanks to PanMacmillan Australia for a copy of It’s a Little Baby in exchange for an honest review from Oliver and myself.

Release Date Australia: 23rd February 2016

Release Date UK: 11th February, 2016

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Julia DonaldsonABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world’s best-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children’s Laureate. Her books include What the Ladybird Heard and What the Ladybird Heard Next, Tyrannosaurus Drip and the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over sixty languages. Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs and her brilliant live children’s shows are always in demand.

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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:

Rebecca Cobb is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most talented names in picture books. Since graduating from Falmouth College of Arts in 2004 she has published a number of well-received books with Macmillan, including the heart-breakingly beautiful Missing Mummy and the critically acclaimed Aunt Amelia.

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No Rain Today – Kristen Iten

No Rain Today

No Rain Today

5 Stars (5 / 5)

I love finding books to read with my son. Being 2 years old now, he is beginning to understand and comprehend the meaning of books a lot more, and he just LOVED No Rain Today!

No Rain Today is the story of a little cloud who got very upset because nobody liked his rain. Not the squirrels, or the cats. And even all the little children stay inside because they don’t like it when he rains on them. So he decides to hold in his rain to make everybody happy. But it has some unexpected consequences.

First of all I thought the illustrations in this book were just divine! The cats and the squirrels were especially cute and I think the illustrator David Overholt is extremely talented!

My son absolutely loved the little cloud! I loved watching him react to the illustrations! He was very upset to see when the cloud was upset, and he loved the animals and the little girl! And he was super cute trying to say “Umbrella”.

I really enjoyed the positive message this book conveys! I took it as the importance of being yourself and not holding back, but there are also many other subtle meanings such as the importance and beauty of rain, that playing outside, even in the rain can be a lot of fun, and I am sure that “don’t hold in your rain” can also be a metaphor for “Don’t hold in your pee!” I will be sure to use this as we toilet train!

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely for any toddler, or young child. We had a lot of fun reading this book together!

Many thanks to author Kristen Iten for a copy of this book for my son and I to review!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

As founder of k10conceptions, Kristen works tirelessly to produce high quality children’s literature. As a child she experienced firsthand the wonder that is a parent reading to their child. Now as a mother herself, she has committed to providing unique stories that parents around the globe will use to build lasting family memories of their own.

Kristen started her writing career as a freelance writer. Most of her time was spent writing informativKristen Itene nonfiction content. “That was pretty unfulfilling on a creative level,” she remarked. “There was the satisfaction of a job well done when I would finish a piece, but as a whole, the job became such drudgery that I began to question whether or not I even enjoyed writing.”

She soon realized that she was writing the wrong kind of material. “When I switched over and began to write from the imagination things really began to pop!” Kristen is now a successful author with several children’s books awaiting release. She manages k10conceptions and is working to build a vibrant community on facebook that supports parents in their efforts to find creative and developmental playtime activities for their children.

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