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September 2019 Book of the Month | This lovely book is packed with a whole host of ideas so that parents, with the help of their children, can throw a fabulous party themed around Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much loved Room on the Broom picture book. It’s all there, from invitations to party games and decorations, to tasty food – cauldron sandwiches and ice cream potion anyone? All the ideas are fun but straightforward and well-explained, while extras helpfully include photocopiable and traceable pages. Guaranteed to make the party preparations lots of fun while the two hours party time itself will fly by!
This rollicking, rhyming picture book sees a witch named Windy Bloomers take a pair of pants from a mighty seven-foot man called Dastardly Dan. As a result, Dan is desperate to see the witch again so his pants can be returned. Unfortunately for Dan, after spotting Windy Witch “stuck in a ditch”, she refuses to return them and so an action-packed escapade ensues, with both characters brought to life by amusing facial expressions and an appealingly bold colour palette. Young readers will surely feel a sense of urgency when Windy becomes trapped in a tree, tangled in the pants, and it’s going to take an unusual solution to put things right… The fun rhymes and lively language make this great for reading aloud. It’s a bundle of irreverent action and energy, with a feel-good message about making friends and not taking from others delivered over tea and cake. Talking of which, the chocolate cake recipe at the end of the book is a tasty extra touch! Joanne Owen, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
After the success of Yoga Babies, the best-selling duo Fearne Cotton and Sheena Dempsey are back and this time the babies are hungry! Mealtime is a joyous and often messy occasion and these babies are shown thoroughly enjoying their food. From picnics to birthday parties, cooking and shopping the book carries a positive message about being relaxed and having fun with food. Written in rhyming text and accompanied by detailed and brightly coloured artwork this is a perfect book to share at bedtime, and might help soothe a worried fussy eater!
Children fascinated by TV cookery programmes will learn just what’s involved in being a chef from this book, as well as lots about nutrition, hygiene and even kitchen equipment. The introduction explains that being a chef is not just about making delicious food, though obviously that’s important, but is also about managing a team of cooks, buying the best ingredients and making sure that your restaurant is a success – leadership skills and an understanding of maths and science are all part of that. No wonder then that the book is so varied, full of all sorts of interesting information presented over appealing, colourful pages. Children are invited to observe what’s in their own kitchens, as well as given write-in challenges to complete. There are a couple of simple but tasty recipes to follow too. Fun and informative. ~ Andrea Reece Every country has its own different kinds of food. Download a map of the world featuring some of the most popular dishes across the globe. How many have you tried? One of a number of titles in the Academy series. To go to our special Academy series category click here.
Sue Hendra has an extraordinary ability to connect directly with the very young, and a real skill too for investing the unlikeliest things – vegetables, socks, and now a cake – with proper personality. Cake is really excited to receive a party invitation – he’s never been to a party before and doesn’t know what to expect. Readers of course, even the very littlest, know just what a cake’s role at a birthday party is and while they’ll be giggling at his preparations, they’ll be feeling a growing sense of apprehension too! Fortunately, there’s a twist in the tale and Cake escapes to enjoy more happy returns. The illustrations are eye-catching and bold, and this is a book that will be read and enjoyed time and time again. ~ Andrea Reece
In any Enid Blyton book you can guarantee that at some point there’ll be a lip-smacking description of food. Allega McEvedy takes inspiration from Blyton’s best-loved stories to create recipes for every time of the day: starting with breakfasts that would be enjoyed by the Naughtiest Girl in the School, her book then lists elevenses for the Secret Seven, Famous Five inspired picnics (yes of course ginger beer is included), teatime treats from the Faraway Tree, Secret Island suppers and Malory Towers midnight feasts – heaven! The recipes are excellent and each section begins with an extract from the relevant book. Jolly illustrations by Mark Beech make it even more child friendly. ~ Andrea Reece
This is one of those books that does exactly what it says on the tin: it’s full of recipes for dishes that really will freak out your friends, from ‘cat poo in the litter tray’ to ‘severed fingers’. Disgusting as these dishes sound and look however, they’ll taste very good; they’re all made out of regular, tasty ingredients just cleverly arranged to look like something revolting. Hidden among the recipes however are notes on some of the (to us anyway) bizarre or gruesome foods that are eaten in different parts of the world, e.g. witchetty grubs, fruit bats, fish eyeballs and duck embryos (in the shell). Part cookbook, part information book, this happily puts the yuk into cookery. ~ Andrea Reece
This book explains how almost everything we eat grows from just a small seed - from how a seed sprouts and how fruits grow from flowers by pollination, to how different plants produce vegetables, fruits, leaves, roots and grains. Tropical fruits, cocoa beans and Asian vegetables are covered, as well as rice, wheat, corn, potatoes and more.
July 2017 Debut of the Month Wolfie is no ordinary wolf, he has a secret: Wolfie likes baking. Because everyone knows wolves are meant to be growly, fierce and mean, he keeps his baking a secret, or tries to. But when his new neighbours, a trio of pigs, spot what’s going on they let the world know. Wolfie thinks everyone will laugh at him, or worse, but instead he becomes something of a celebrity, and everyone wants more of his recipes. Sweetly told, and full of good things, this is a gentle story about daring to accept who you are, and has a lovely positive message for all. Wolfie’s scone recipe is pretty yummy too! ~ Andrea Reece
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Young cooks will love first to create and then to feast on delights such as Fox’s Sandwiches, Scrambled Snake and the awesome Gruffalo Cake and. The twenty four recipes are easy to follow and are brought to life by Axel Scheffler’s brilliant and familiar illustrations. Perfect for new cooks – and their parents! ~ Julia Eccleshare Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for September 2016 A Poem for Every Night of the Year compliled by Allie Esiri Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes by Julia Donaldson A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston Beck by Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel by Philippa Pearce and Edith Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntryre
The hot (cool) new cook book for 7 - 14 year old children who love food and want to understand more about where it comes from and how to create amazing real meals. Empowering (and with no rice crispy cakes in sight) the 50 easy-to-follow recipies in this guide will teach basic skills and be the springboard for a live-long love of real food.
Gather your ingredients and get busy in the kitchen creating tasty, healthy meals with your kids. The delicious, healthy meals and nutrition facts are enough to satisfy any hungry young appetite, so reach for your reds, pick up your purples and don't forget to Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows and Purples.
There really are 1000 different foods in this book, attractively illustrated and laid out in colourful pages, inviting children to pore over them to spot foods they know, and those they don’t. It’s all here, from raw ingredients to cooked dishes from around the world, divided into sections such as home-cooked food, the sweet shop (sure to be a favourite), festivals and celebrations, and Indian restaurant. This is a great book to share and talk about with a small child, and a fun way to help them build their vocabulary. ~ Andrea Reece