What happens when a whole host of fairy tale characters go online? Does Cinderella still need the assistance of her Fairy Godmother even when technology can help her go to the ball? With all the wonders that the internet can bring, what can possibly go wrong?
Last year the girls had a book advent calendar – one book to unwrap every day in December until Christmas Day. They loved it so much that I will be doing the same again this year. I have a feeling it may become a tradition. There’s something quite magical about snuggling on the sofa together every night in December and enjoying a Christmassy book together.… Read more
My girls love books – especially ones with bright colourful illustrations, animal characters and stories being told in rhyme. We were recently sent a copy of Harty Hedgehog and his BuZZy Friends, one of the books in the BuZZy Friends series of books, which ticked all of those boxes.
The BuZZy friends books were originally created by Michael Walter to amuse his granddaughter. The stories help to guide children through various experiences that they might encounter, and include the “BuZZy Code” – a rhyme which helps to encourage children to be kind and thoughtful.… Read more
Reading books and Frozen – two things that my girls love. We’ve introduced a few other Disney films to the mix but Frozen has certainly remained the firm favourite (with Toy Story being a close contender for the top spot at times). When I found out that this month’s Book Buddies books from Parragon Books were Frozen and Jungle Book, I knew that I would have two very happy little girls on my hands – and I wasn’t wrong!… Read more
Today sees the launch of Zookeeper Zoe, a clever eye check storybook from Boots Opticians. Zookeeper Zoe tells the story of a little girl who loves animals and wants to be a zookeeper. One day her parents take her to the zoo only to find it is closed as the zookeeper can’t manage the needs of the animals by himself. Can Zoe help out and save the day?… Read more
Is it a storybook? Is it a colouring book? Is it a puzzle book? My Giant Fairy Tale Activity Book, our latest Book Buddy book from Parragon Books, is a combination of all three – featuring four well-known fairy tales, with various activities to help bring the story to life and encourage learning and creativity.… Read more
Trying to keep the girls occupied on cold, grey and rainy January days when going outside is just not inviting can be quite a challenge at times. Books and imaginative play activities are always a good way of keeping them both amused and the Fire Station Activity Book and Playset from Parragon Books seemed like the perfect way to pass some time on a rainy afternoon.… Read more
Both my girls love books and having stories read to them. We have a few personalised books which are amongst Jessica’s favourites – she loves seeing the cartoonised versions of herself in the stories and they are often requested by her at bedtime. The latest book in her collection of personalised books is one from Amazing Pages – the story of Jessica and the Shy Mermaid, which featured a photo of Jessica in the illustrations instead of a cartoon version.… Read more
I love introducing my two girls to collections of books that I enjoyed as a child and The Book People is one of my favourite bookseller sites for finding various collections at affordable prices. We have previously bought the full collections of Mr Men, Little Miss and Beatrix Potter books through their website although there was one classic character from my early childhood that I had yet to fully introduce the girls to – Miffy the rabbit.… Read more
Sitting and reading fairy tales at bedtime is a magical part of childhood. The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen are among those stories which I fondly remember from my own childhood. This month, I was invited to review a collection of these, retold by Mandy Archer, and published by Parragon Books.… Read more