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‘Perfect: A Self-Love Adventure’, created by Suzanne Wylde is a book all about encouraging self-love. Written in rhyme, with a diverse cast of characters in the illustrations, this book contains the highly positive message that every child is perfect the way they are and whatever they may be feeling at the time: they are enough. I liked that throughout the book there’s also an interactive element noted by a ‘Try it with me’ star and helps to integrate breathing exercises and positive affirmations into the story. The Illustrations are clear and vibrant helping to ... View Full Review
‘Brielle’s Birthday Ball’ is a creative and interesting new take on a story that includes actions and movements to encourage young readers to join in with the characters. Created by Once Upon a Dance, the story follows Brielle as she celebrates her birthday. The illustrations in this book are lovely and detailed, and the instructions for the movements for each page are clearly separated from the storyline with a purple background and photos for dancing inspiration, there’s even some separate little songs to sing while doing the actions. I really liked the concept of ... View Full Review
 ‘Outcast Goes to the White House’ by Monty C. Floyd is a short children's book that would be a nice festive read for fans of Toy Story. In the first section ‘Timmy Discovers Outcast Otter’ we see how Outcast Otter gets his name as well as a loving home with Timmy before moving on to the second part and the adventures at the White House. This is a nice and short story, with rhythm in places and easy to understand writing for young readers. The story of Toys that have adventures while their owners aren&... View Full Review
‘Hair’ by L.A. Shaw is an amusing and irreverent children's fiction book. The main character Teddy Wackett as he spots a strange man stealing the hair off dogs in a local park and uncovers a larger, hairier mystery. As the reader we are taken around the town and introduced to the rather eccentric hairdressers and what’s so great about hair and why it’s the focus of this mad-cap story. This book is adventurous, and there’s plenty of action to keep younger readers entertained from the first page to the last. I ... View Full Review
 'Fantastic Fun Facts About Cats' by Russ Franken is aimed at three to six year olds but, quite honestly, the facts range from simple to really obscure so that everyone sharing this book will come away with something new in terms that they can understand, whatever their age. The format of the work matches a short fun fact with a joyfully colourful and diverse illustration of it on the same page. I think my favourite fact is that even a domestic cat can outrun Usain Bolt over a short distance...amazing! There are also some attractive merchandise offers featuring ... View Full Review
The Farm Shop by Devon Avery is a charming picture book in which we meet Kirelle and her best friend Sam, who is a cat, and follow them on their first trip to a farm shop. The illustrations throughout are lovely, quite muted in colour which I think would make this a peaceful story to read with younger children at bedtime. I like the play on words connecting the animals and the products for sale. As an adult I was trying to guess what would be next, so I’m sure that young readers would have just as much ... View Full Review
‘No,No,No!’ is another great picture book by Justine Avery. A book aimed at younger readers to help them learn manners, safety and general good behaviour. With very little text that is repeated throughout the book, the pictures take the lead and allow you to perhaps start a discussion with younger readers about what is happening, problems with the ‘No, No, No!’ behaviour and how best to act. Bright and colourful full-page illustrations will grab the attention of young readers, and the bad behaviour in the picture may horrify and entertain adults reading this with ... View Full Review
'#1 Operation Mailman' is the first in a series of three stories (at present) featuring Pablito Bandito, the fastest chihuahua in the mid west, better known as General Pablo to his 'troops'. Illustrated with black and white line drawings by the author, Tomi Hall, in collaboration with Mar Cholula, this is a crazily funny chapter book for young readers. Living on a farm in Illinois, Pablo and his 12 permanent 'soldiers' run a military-style regime to get all the rescue pups that the farm owners take in into shape for rehoming, with varying degrees of success! Operation mailman is a scheme Pablo ... View Full Review
'Beyond the Forest Floor: Forest Tales' by Joanne McFall is a collection of 13 short stories inspired by nature, folklore and Celtic mythology. The dark and troubling tales are illustrated by Ruth O'Kelly with monochrome line drawings, which add to the brooding atmosphere, so reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm. Like all fairy stories, they  are timeless and designed to appeal to all ages. Also true to tradition, the characters, both human and animal, embark on journeys which transform them, as they discover they possess qualities, strengths and powers to carry out whatever is required of them whilst the forest remains ... View Full Review
'I'm Proud of Who I Am: I Hope You Are Too' is a series of 15 books by Barbara Woster, for young readers of eight to 12 years. They take the format of a one page 'letter' from a young inhabitant of a country, region or state somewhere in the world, in which they describe unique facts about where they live and share their hopes and aspirations for the future.  In Book 5, for example, the areas covered range from Aruba to Wyoming, Japan to Venezuela and each 'letter' is accompanied by an artistic impression of the contributor superimposed on an actual ... View Full Review
When a fascist majority has control of Parliament, certain groups of people are considered illegal, from there we follow a family looking to escape the patrols, finding others in underground hideaways, where they can work to fight back. 'The Fifth’ by Chris Sykes  is a split narrative, focussing on siblings Jenny and Jack, separated early in the book, and their paths as part of rebel forces. The story is set in York, and as a northerner I liked to be able to follow the characters down recognisable streets made unfamiliar in the author’s world. I found ... View Full Review
'Tiny Polly: The story of a brave chicken' is a little book with a big message. Written by Jinan Samman and beautifully illustrated in watercolour by Evgeniya Kozhevnikova, it can be shared with young children but is also simple enough to be tackled by beginner readers on their own.  Polly lives on a farm with other chickens but because of her small size, she is not included in any of their activities. Desperate to be like the others, she tries to make herself grow but to no avail. It takes a serious occurrence when the farmer is away at ... View Full Review
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