Monday, 28 February 2011
Harriet Houdini: Stunt Bunny is back in action, this time as the star of Superpets Live! With visions of posh hotels, meeting adoring fans and performing her famous bunny-backflips in front of live audiences, Harriet can't wait for the tour of Superpets. But evil Miranda wants her opera-singing poodle, Doodle, to be the headline act...whatever it takes. So Harriet's going to need all her Stunt Bunny tricks to make sure she remains the star of the show!
Another adventure with Harriet Houdini aka Stunt Bunny, and this summer holiday she is off on tour with Superpets Live. Accompanied by Susie and Evil Edward (EE), they board the Superpets coach to begin the tour they are faced with their arch enemy, Miranda and Doodles. The tour is filled with paparazzi, perseverance to excel and be the star of the show,fun and backhanded attempts at removing Harriet from the tour. Harriet is a rabbit full of attitude and self confidence.
I thought this book was an excellent read for children aged 5+ to listen to with an adult reading or for the slightly older ones to read to others. It is full of humour and is a great story for youngsters. I think it will make a great present for any youngster this Easter!!
Thank you to Tamsyn and Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy to review.
Thursday, 24 February 2011
This guide provides practical and informative advice about the realities of being a student parent including the two most important considerations: finances and childcare. It dispels myths about typical students, assesses why parents make good students and looks at how teenage pregnancy does not preclude higher education. Advice for dealing with student life while managing parenting responsibilities is included, along with tips for academic success. Written by a former student parent, this book contains information on becoming pregnant while in education, funding and benefits available, childcare, student life, dealing with deadlines and exams and helping your children to understand your studies.
This is a great handbook for student parents of all ages. The book includes advice for parents aged 18 and under or university students, parents returning to education, long distance learners or university students. It includes hints for how teachers and education suppliers can support student parents. Most importantly, the book identifying that both the mother and father need and should be offered support.
There is a whole chapter on parents aged 18 and under and the options available to them and another on pregnancy and parenting at university. There is also a great chapter on money - the benefits and funding available to them while studying. Managing money and debts/overdraft are also covered. The different kinds of childcare, both informal and formal are discussed, with the pros and cons highlighted to allow full choice to be made.
The second half of the book covers other areas which need to be considered - student life , how to combine parenting with education, coping skills (including tackling study stress, staying healthy). All are areas which need to be considered and are covered in a sensitive but factual way.
It details the choices within education and also post graduate study and also gives tips for academic success.
The book finishes with a help list - this contains a huge list of websites and telephone numbers which may be helpful for parents as there are helplines for many situations.
Each chapter finishes with a concise summary and some chapters also includes case studies which both highlight important points made in the chapters.
The book covers issues which when someone is first considering education may not initially be thought of but are important. Continuing education as a parent is a big decision and one which needs to be planned and thought about - working through this handbook will cover most situations and enable an informed decision.I recommend this book to parents or parents to be who are in or would like to be in education - either full or part time. I, myself, am an Open University Student and find it difficult juggling family life with my study and have picked up useful hints from this book and am sure others will find it just as useful.
Thank you to Michael from The School Run forum for sending me this book to review.
First off, confession time - this is the first Jill Mansell book I have ever read, However it will not be the last! As soon as I opened the book and started reading it I was hooked. It was an easy read, with short, easily digested chapters which shouted at me to read, just one more, before bed!
The book centres around Ellie Kendall, a young woman who is having to rebuild her life following the death of her adored husband Jamie. The book is a love story but it, sympathetically, tells the story of how Jamie is still a large part of Ellie's life, she still has conversations with him and values his opinions and thoughts. There are also other people involved in the story, Jamies father, the film star Tony Weston, who looks out for his daughter in law and sets her up in a new home since the house in which the flat she lived in with Jamie has been filled with undesirables. Her house move brings with it a new friend, Roo, a has been pop star called Daisy Deeva, who lives opposite Ellie and is having an affair with a married man. And then there is Ellie's new boss, Zack, a charming man who spots Ellie before she even interviews for the job, having a meal at the Ivy with Tony.
The story, as i previously stated, is a love story, and throughout the book I was shouting ' Just tell him/her' but in fact, the story was perfect and I loved the whole story. I do, however, have one complaint - the story ended too quickly, unless of course, Jill Mansell has ideas for a second book to complete this one!
This is a great book, one perfect for a holiday read and I will definitely be reading more of Jill's books in the future.
Thank you to Headline Publishing for sending me the book to review.
The last Collins Big Cat book I have been sent to review. This one would be great for those who are a daredevil and like the idea of Extreme Sports. It covers a number of sports, including sky diving; rock climbing; mountaineering, snowboarding to name but a few.
The book has lots of great photographs, action shots showing the sports at their best. Each sport has its own section, with a brief description and also training and safety advice.
This book is part of a reading scheme but I am sure it is a book that many children would pick up and read/ look at.
Thank you to Michael at The School Run Forum for sending me the book to review.
Thank you to Michael from The School Run forum for sending me the book to review.
Dylan duckling and his three sisters are off to the pond for their very first swim. "Hold on to the daisy chain then you won't get lost," says Mummy duck. but Dylan has other ideas.
As soon as I saw this book, I was in love with the cover. Dylan is such a cute and cuddly duck and there are lots of beautiful, glittery daisies. Tiger Press have created another gorgeous cover!
The story tells the story of Dylan, along with his sisters, going for their first swim in the pond. Their walk to the pond has lots of highlights, with Dylan going missing many times. The hedgehogs they meet are so cute!! Throughout the book, the glittery daisy chain is on many pages, as Mummy duck has told her ducklings to keep hold of it, however Dylan has other ideas. There is a song throughout the story which the children who are listening to the story will love to sing along to.
A beautiful book which children will love to share with their peers at story time. A great idea for an Easter gift to be kept.
Thank you to Tracey and Tiger Press for sending me this book to review.
Monday, 21 February 2011
This is the second book is my Transworld Crime Caper Challenge and i was looking forward to starting it as soon as it arrived in the post.
This is the first book in a series about Jo Birmingham, mother of two boys and the (ex) wife of her superior officer. There are a number of brutal murders which Jo links, they have a connection and Jo predicts when the next murder will happen, but the rest of the team are unsure. The team appear to not be behind Jo, and there appears to be information that the powers that be within the force do not want to know about.
Jo is a strong woman, and I do like books who have strong female leads and the story was well written, however, I am not sure that I am a fan of Niamh O' Connor books. I absolutely loved Tess Gerritsen and this is a completely different style of book. It is not so fast paced and I did not find myself having to read just one more chapter at night. I was also disappointed by the ending, I felt more was needed.
Having said that, I will be trying another of Niamh O' Connor's books to see if the series gets better (which is often the case with a book series who have a main character, as their writing style grows).
Thank you to Transworld for sending me the book to review.
Saturday, 19 February 2011
I really enjoyed this book. It is filling a gap in the market, a series for girls who like Goblins and Trolls!
This is the first book in a new series which is being released at the end of April 2011.
The book tells the story of Sophie, who on her 10th birthday takes over as the Guardian from her Grandad. She has a twin brother who knows nothing of her role and is suspicious of her secrecy with her Grandad. Sophie is unsure of the new role and is concerned, however when she accidentally lets the Goblins have the key she has to protect the gems from finding their way into Goblin hands.
I would recommend this to girls who want something different to the many fairy and princess books on the market at this present time.
Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me the book to review.
Whatever your age, becoming a mum for the first time brings with it excitement, anxiety and numerous challenges. But how do you cope when, to top it all, you discover you are old enough to be the mother of everyone else in your NCT group? The story of one woman, one new baby, a slipped disc and rather too many wrinkles, "The Secret Diary of a New Mum (Aged 43 1/4)" follows the tale of a midlife mum as she tries to make the transition from experienced TV producer to utterly inexperienced parent. One in five babies is born to a mum over 35, and the number of over 40s giving birth has doubled. The first humorous narrative account of what it's really like to be a midlife mum - whether it's deftly side-stepping any questions about age and baby number two or weeping as younger counterparts ping back into their size ten jeans within thirty seconds of giving birth - this is the thoroughly entertaining, insightful and often hilarious account of what happens as you face up to menopause and new motherhood at the same time.
This is the honest account of pregnancy for the 'older lady'. Full of funny moments, honest feelings and the happiness and worries which every mum goes through in those first few years of a child's life.
The book follows Cari Rosen through her pregnancy and the first two years of her daughter's life.
The book is full of humour and truth and well worth a read.
I would recommend it to mums to be of all age, although it is written by a 'mature' mum, it is all relevant, an honest account of life before and after baby.
Thank you to Michael from The School Run for sending me the book to review.
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Saffron loves the London party and fashion scenes. So she's extra nervous about abandoning it all for six months in the country to Write Her Novel. Of course, she'll miss gorgeous boyfriend Tom but at least his supermodel twin brother will be there to keep her company.
So when does keeping her company cross the line?
Harriet has swapped her country life for a London career and a part time job at a community centre desperately in need of saving. Here she meets Zack . . . but what secrets lurk behind those sexy blue eyes of his?
New lives, new temptations. Have both girls bitten off more than they can chew?
This book is set around Saffron, a London resident who decides she will up sticks and move in with her mother and write a book. She will live there for six months and see what happens, leaving her boyfriend behind in London.
However, after moving to Churchminster, her boyfriend's twin brother returns from America and, following a visit with his brother, decides to rent a vacant house, where he will host a fashion show for charity.
Another principal character in the book is Harriet, the daughter of one of Churchminster's richest residents, who lives and works in London at a magazine but, wanting to give someone back, decides to volunteer at a community centre in an rundown and undesirable area. The centre manager is a nice bloke, rather quiet about his background but following a meal with Aunty Win, another worker in the community centre, Harriet and Zack begin to go out together.
The story continues, with Saffron writing her novel, seeing Tom some weekends, and then being asked to help organise the fashion show as she too also worked for a fashion magazine in London. Working closely with Tom's twin brother leads to complicated feelings and when Tom proposes Saffron notices issues with their relationship. The planning of the fashion show runs into difficulties and it is all hands on to pull it together.
I do not want to spoil the story for readers of the book and so will reveal no more of the story, but there are romps galore and laughter, tears and tantrums to enjoy throughout the book. I found myself shouting out to certain male characters to get their act together and speak out about their feelings etc.
I really enjoyed this book and is as good as, if not better than, the earlier three books in the series and I can not wait to see what Jo Carnegie has in store for the villagers of Churchminster next time.
Thank you to the publishers for sending me this book to review.
When prize-winning pooch Fluffy vanishes from the garden of Beachview B&B it s down to super-sleuth Amy Carter to get her Gran s dog back. As the drama unfolds, the reader is able to join the hunt by downloading podcasts which reveal key clues
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
There are footprints all over the corner shop yard. And something has been nibbling Rollo's little red ball. Could the stinky little creature fast asleep in the little fluffy bird's nest have something to do with it? A story of friendship between very different animals, made even stronger with a trail of sweeties from the Cornershop...
Two, no three, new characters created by Mick Inkpen, the creator of Kipper. Rollo is a cat, Ruff is a rat and there is also LFB, Little Fluffy Bird. The story is classic Inkpen, full of great characters, great story and one which every young child will love. The story is about friendship and helping others, however smelly they may be!
The pages are filled with adorable characters and the words in a clear typeface and which sometimes become part of the picture on the page. In true Inkpen style this is a book which you will read again and again with children and I am sure that this will become another firm favorite with children everywhere.
Thank you to Hodder Children's Books for sending me the book to review.
The book is a beautiful book to share with a child, the pictures telling the story well and the words enabling the story to be told simply.
Haunting and humane, "The Loss Adjustor" speaks of grief, forgiveness and redemption. Caro is a Loss Adjustor, tallying grief for an insurance firm, she finds relief in the fact that the human cost is never itemised in her inventories. The present is two dimensional for her, but history is loaded with colour and scent. Sometimes she tries to force a little perspective with a spare summary of event: Estelle died two weeks after her fifteenth birthday. It was sudden, violent, explicit. Afterwards, Cormac left and never returned. Now she waits for resolution, which comes in the form of an unlikely alliance. Aifric Campbell's second novel is a quiet hymn to childhood, grief and the redeeming power of friendship.
Initially I was unsure about this book but once i 'got into it' I became drawn in. Caro is a loss adjustor for a large insurance company - she is professional and assertive in her professional career but underneath the calm exterior hides a very shy and secretive woman who is unable to open up to anyone. There is a past which she tries to forget but the sudden death of her friend Estelle has scarred her forever. Caro's other childhood friend, Cormac, a rockstar, reappears in her life, Caro is forced to face her past. I really enjoyed reading about Caro's life and also her past, reminiscing about her teenage years. I liked the introduction of Tom, an old man who Caro meets at her annual visit to Estelle's grave - he too has history, is estranged from his son.
I found Campbell's writing style very easy to read and one that I could escape into. This is Campbell's second book and I will be looking up her previous book soon.
Thank you to Serpent's Tail Books for sending me the book to review.
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
We launch The Great Transworld Crime Caper, an opportunity to go back to the beginning and revisit the scene of the original crimes that launched our most experienced villains.
We want you to be the judge, jury and executioner of the titles .
We will have a two week registration period ending the 14th February, Valentine’s Day which will make us repent our sins and feel the love! Pick three books from the list below to read and review on a venue of your choice (Amazon, blog, etc) The challenge will finish on the 31st March whereby we will dust for fingerprints, weigh up our case and post up some of the best (or worst) reviews that we’ve had in.