- Non Fiction
Reviews by Sarah Boor
In a perfect town with tidy streets, And flawless lawns with shiny seats, A pigeon swooped and looped the loop, And left behind a trail of ... poop! Soon the townsfolk are kicking up a stink! "That pigeon should be in a cage!" they shout and stamp, full of rage. Will they ever catch that pesky pigeon?
My little boy hates birds so was a bit unprepared to read this story...however he thought it was very funny particularly the outcome at the end!
Lots of large colourful illustrations and rhyme on each page which makes it slightly easier to read to the children.
Titus is going on a long train journey. Under the watchful eye of the train guard he takes his seat and, until he arrives at his destination where Uncle Henry is waiting to meet him, he doesn't leave it. Or does he? Is it the curly moustache of a fellow passenger that is the impetus for Titus' fisticuff fight with bandits on the train roof? Or the sharp metallic teeth of the guard's ticket-puncher that propels him into a dangerous tunnel encounter with a T-rex? Is it the fact that the train makes a routine stop on a viaduct that sends Titus spinning into a daredevil parachute jump to find a mechanic and fix the stricken engine? Or is it the announcement that 'Boulder City' is the next stop that creates an avalanche of activity where Titus saves the train from a catastrophic collision with falling rocks? Readers will be swept along by these acts of derring-do and will be left wondering whether they really did happen or whether they're all part of the wild parallel universe that is Titus's imagination.
This book was perfect for my little boy (2 1/2) who loves trains! It was wonderful to see the vivid imagination of Titus - very similar to lots of children his age. The book is full of excitement and keeps you in suspense as to what might happen next.
I love the use of onomatopoeia throughout the book as the words just jump of the page for the use of description!
Alfie's Nursery School is right next door to the Big School. Alfie wishes that he could be friends with the most popular big boy, Ian Barger, but Ian never takes any notice of the little kids. One morning, Mum takes Alfie to a Plant Pot Sale. Alfie hasn't been there long when he spots Ian Barger screaming and yelling, "I want my mummy!". Ian grabs Alfie's hand and holds onto him very tightly until his mum returns. Alfie realizes that big boys don't always act so big after all!
An 'Alfie' Classic
My son and I really enjoy reading the stories about Alfie. Quite often we can see whether Alfie is like my little boy as they are very similar.
I love the stories of Alfie as they are very true to life and its lovely to follow Alfie growing up and learning new things.
As in most of my reviews of childrens books, the illustrations are wonderful and very lifelike.
The Wheels on the Bus The wheels on the bus go round and round, Round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round at the zoo. This book is a retelling of the favourite children's rhyme, from the award-winning team. Full description
This is a different take on the traditional Wheels on the bus...of which it confused my little boy at first as we started singing along. This is about going to the zoo on the bus so the words are slightly different.
However its a great book to sing along too and lots of lovely pictures with many different types of animals (skunk, owl,crocodile,meerkat)
A book for all aged children
A very small mouse decided it wanted to have a very big adventure. "I'll go and find the biggest creature in the world," it thought. Along the way it meets many different animals and when at last they find the biggest creature, the little mouse feels a great sense of achievement.
If you love animals then this is the book for you full of wonderful illustrations for children.
This story is wonderful following different animals as they go in seach of the largest animal. The animals are all different too and you wouldnt think of them all being together but its wonderful to see the story unfold.
And if I havent already said it...the pictures are beautiful!!
Don't Do That! Nellie has a pretty nose. It is so pretty that she is given a part in the Christmas play. But then, Nellie picks her nose and learns why grown-ups always tell you not to! Full description
Dont pick your nose!
I loved this book when I was a child so had to share this with my little boy.
Such a funny story with brilliant illustrations. Teaches children what can happen if you pick up bad habits!
A new take on the I-spy game with die-cut holes so little ones can spy the various creatures through the page. Look through the spyhole and use the clues to guess; then turn the page to reveal the animal. Discover colours in I Spy with My Little Eye - and I Spy on the Farm - and learn about counting in I Spy under the Sea - The series also teaches first words and animal facts along the way. These are beautiful gift books that will encourage young readers to interact while teaching them something about the animals too.
After a trip to the library for the first time this was definately my little boys (2 1/2 years old) favourite book.
You have to spy through the hole to see what animal you can find. This book teaches about different animals and also teaches them colours. There are also little facts on each page about the animals so you get to learn more about the animals.
And to add to the adventure...you have your own spy hole at the back on the book to look for more things. It truly is a wonderful book with wonderful illustrations.
What would you do if you were settling down for a quiet bedtime story and you realised that a crocodile had fallen into your storybook and was - not to put too fine a point on it - furious? Would you slam that book shut, cram it in the bookshelf for evermore or would you be brave enough to peek? This very grumpy crocodile has ended up in totally the wrong book, so he proceeds to eat his way out, in this fantastic debut picture book. He tries to escape a storybook that is all wrong for him, but is great fun for the reader! "What is he doing now? He's chewing the pictures! And he's eating the letters too! I think his favourites are O and S."
A Book with a bite...
My little boy Joseph (2 1/2 years old) loved this book. Its very clever how its written beginning with a story of the Ugly Duckling until we realise that a crocodile is trying to eat the story all up.
There are lots of creative ideas when reading this book involving lots of discussion with shaking the books and rocking the book, searching for the crocodile. Loved the hole in the back on the book too where the crocodile had escaped.
Something mysterious is following poor kitty wherever she goes. Whatever can it be?
Beautiful large illustrations
A beautiful short story with wonderful illustrations. Each page is full of colour with a large cat and then a short paragraph telling the story.
I like the repetition in each paragraph to entice children to listen and capture the story more easily. Each page keeps you guessing too as to what is following the cat.
Close your eyes and imagine the world is your oyster... And now imagine never seeing it. Welcome to Harriet Langton's world. All her life she's dreamt of travelling the globe - fate always got in the way. Working as a travel agent, the closest Harri comes to her dream destination of Venice is booking the trip for someone else. But everything changes when travel fanatic Alex drops in. With her boyfriend Rob tied up with work, Harri is persuaded to help Alex in his quest for love. But in her attempts to help, Harri soon discovers that she's alienating those around her. Desperate to leave her life behind, will her dreams finally come true? Or will Harri's leap of faith be her biggest mistake yet? A gorgeous love story for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Jill Mansell.
Welcome to Harriets world!
You will be sucked into Harriets world as you read this book.
From the first paragraph, we find Harriet sitting on a toilet contemplating that her life is 'officially over' because of some catastropic event! What excites me, is you have to keep reading for many more chapters as the 'catastropic event' reveals itself! At the beginning of every chapter, a little more of the story is opened up to us.
A book that will keep you in suspense...and don't cheat by reading the back few pages first...keep it a suprise!!