#BlogTour! #Review – Jay Jay and His Island Adventure by Sue Wickstead (@JayJayBus) @RaRaResources

Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite for Jay Jay and His Island Adventure, and thank you to the author for the ARC. Here is my review:

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus is not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey. He is a Playbus. Find out what happens when he is invited to an island where the children have never seen a double-decker bus – and certainly not one full of toys!

Behind the story:

‘Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure’, was originally written for a Scottish book bus.

‘Play,Talk, Read’ was the project which visited remote areas if Scotland to encourage reading in the very young. It was a great success and the bus even visited the Shetland Islands travelling on a very small ferry.

The children had never seen a double-decker on their island before and certainly not one to play on.

However, the Scottish project was too busy with referendums and with the book ready and edited I changed the name of the bus from Benji, sending Jay-Jay instead.

The island on the cover of the book was based on a piece of mainland Spain which I have visited many times.

Cap D’Or is the promentory near to a little village of Moraira.

The villagers in Moraira invited me to read this book in their library and local schools.

The people in this little village were surprised to find that Jay-Jay was a real bus.

(Jay-Jay may not have got to Spain in reality but in my imagination he did and now all of the books are in the local library in both Teulada and Moraira.)

What does TWG think?

The idea of a play bus which takes books to children, is definitely a magnificent idea – Jay Jay is no exception.

My daughter was giggling at the fact that Jay Jay had hurt his ‘bottom’, despite trying to work out where a bus’ bottom was! She was so enthralled by the different activities on the bus, including digging for treasure in the sandpit. It really made the whole island adventure theme come alive.

From an adult point of view, I am delighted that the story was enjoyed by my little girl as she is a huge bus fan. However I would have liked the story to contain more details around what the children got up to, what books they read etc, as I felt that we read more about Jay Jay travelling to and from the island, than the actual play bus activities themselves.

All in all, Jay Jay and His Island Adventure is a colourful and fun read which gives children the gift of books.

Buy now.

About the author.

I am a teacher and an author and have currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.
For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.

I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. I decided to write a fictional tale about the bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.

‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original bus and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continued.

This story has now been followed by five more picture books.

I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share the story. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.

The story has been read in many schools in the south-East of England, where I teach as a cover teacher, it is always well received and certainly different.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Monty and the Ocean Rescue; A Plastic Disaster by M.T.Sanders (@montydogge). (Illus: Zoe Saunders)

Another children’s book for you all today. Many thanks to a fellow blogger who made me aware of the blog tour, and thank you to the author for the ARC. Here is my review of a puptastic book:

Monty, Cookie and the spangles are back at the beach for the fifth book in this series of childrens books.

When Cookie sees a splash in the water her newfoundland instinct to rescue takes over and she immediately heads out to help. When she returns the dogs get a huge surprise as they hear a desperate plea.

What follows is an adventure that could turn out to be their biggest and most difficult so far.

This is a gentle introduction for children about the issues of plastic pollution in our oceans and even features Sir David Attenborough.

What does TWG think?

This may look like a cute and fluffy read, but it’s one which packs a punch and a half with it’s very important message; ocean waste.

Now Monty and his friends may end up making you go ‘awwwww!!!!’, I mean, how could you not? But don’t let their cuteness deter you from what the author is trying to teach his little readers.

With rhyming words, snappy sentences, and beautiful illustrations, ‘Monty and the Ocean Rescue’ tells the story of some sea creatures who end up finding themselves stuck due to rubbish being dumped in the ocean. To some people, a little bit of litter here and there isn’t ‘a big deal’. Try telling that to tortoises who end up with straws being stuck up their noses. Try telling that to whales who end up being trapped at the bottom of the ocean thanks to plastic bags or rope. Try telling that to all of the other innocent sea animals whose lives are being cut short because us humans use their homes as our bin.

Imagine if someone came into your home and started dumping their rubbish all around your house – would you like it? Would you deem it to be acceptable? The chances are, no, you would not. So why do we do it to their home?

As adults, we are well aware of the devastation which plastics can cause, so teaching the younger generation is a very important step, once which is explained in a clear manner within this book.

I read this to my little girl yesterday. Shes five and absolutely ADORES dogs. Yes, her attention was on the illustrations and hearing about what the pooches were up to more than anything, yet it certainly caught her attention when she noticed that several of her beloved animal friends were stuck. She didn’t like it at all. She was worried that the whale was hurt and, even though she didn’t quite understand just how the animal may not have survived, she still understood that it was wrong to put rubbish anywhere else except in a bin.

I loved the rhyming words and the ease of which the important information hit home in a child friendly manner. Monty and Cookie were such fun and i think that the author has written such a lovely, lovely read. I highly recommend, especially as my little girl has now said that she wants the other books in the series for her birthday!

Buy now.

Signed copies can be purchased here:

About the author.

MT Sanders is a writer, blogger and author of the childrens book Monty and the Ocean Rescue.

An accidental career began after he took early retirement and began writing stories on social media about his five dogs. Life according to Monty Dogge soon attracted a huge following and led to invites to blog live from Crufts and other high-profile events.

In 2017 and 2018 Vuelio placed it in the top ten UK pet blogs and the still growing readership encouraged MT to write a book. I’m not a Pandacow was the debut children’s book released in 2017 and this has been quickly followed by four more to date.
MT and Monty spend the major part of their time touring schools across the country bringing the tales to life as children get to meet the star of the books.

The latest book is a real passion project for the author who is a huge supporter of conservation projects and a champion for animal welfare. It goes without saying that MT was delighted to receive a handwritten message of good luck from no other than Sir David Attenborough who features in the book.

#BlogTour! #Review – Harvey and the Moon Bus by Jill Stanton-Huxton (@JMStantonHuxton) @AnneCater @matadorbooks

Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, I am delighted to be reviewing ‘Harvey and the Moon Bus’ on my blog tour. Thanks also to the publisher for the ARC.

“Harvey is a grey cat with big green eyes and a long bushy tail, who loves wearing his favourite pair of blue dungarees. What a lovely sunny morning, Harvey thought, just the sort of day for an adventure.”

A beautifully-illustrated story about anthropomorphic animals who have a fantasy adventure together.

An underlying theme and moral message which is the importance of helping people.

A fantastical adventure story for children 5-7 years old.

Harvey sees his friends, Chester and Nelly, heading for the corner shop and boarding the Moon Bus, so he decides to join them. Harvey sits next to a grumpy grey rabbit. The Moon Bus takes off and flies through space and lands on the Moon and they all head off to The Moon Rock Sweet Emporium in Moon Crater Alley.

Harvey loses Chester and Nelly – so when he sees the grey rabbit heading for a nearby circus tent he decides to follow him, where he meets a small mouse called Gretel. But they only have 15 minutes to reach the Moon Bus before it leaves for the day!

Gretel tells him the magic mats on the Helter Skelter will take them to the Moon Bus really quickly. The magic mat flies over the cobbled streets towards a huge crater but Gretel falls out of Harvey’s pocket and starts plummeting to the ground. Harvey manages to grab her safely. As the Moon Bus is about to take off, Harvey uses the last of his three wishes to catch it and jumps on board.. They look out of the window and see the grey rabbit running along the runway after the Moon Bus… But will he catch it in time?

What does TWG think?

I read this to my little five year old before bed last night and, even though I said that I would only read a couple of chapters, I ended up reading her the entire thing. It’s safe to say that she certainly enjoyed it, especially as it contained animals!

The story of Harvey, the moon bus and his friends, was such a pleasure to read, however I did find that the general flow of the story wasn’t so seamless in terms of how it was told.

That aside, I thought that the theme of right from wrong was such a clever and well thought out addition to the book. My daughter was not amused that someone wasnt being nice, but she knew straight who the character was that made things better.

‘Harvey and the Moon Bus’ is the ideal bedtime story for both adults and children alike.

Buy now.

#LoveReadingBookBuzz! #GuestReview of #JasperSpaceDog by @HilsRobinson, from Eva, aka #BabyGarnet aged 5. @lovereadingkids @jasper_space

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome properly, for the first time ever, a guest reviewer to TWG! Now, some of you may already know of this person, and most of you won’t. However, I am absolutely positive that this won’t be the first time that you’ll see this person guest reviewing on my blog! So, without further ado, I am proud as punch to welcome my guest reviewer, my daughter Eva, aged 5, who will be reviewing ‘Jasper Space Dog’ by Hilary Robinson. Huge thanks to LoveReadingKids for the book buzz invite and ARC.

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Jasper – Space Dog is the first in a series of hilarious stories about the ambitions of Charlie Tanner and his dog, Jasper. Released to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, the story cleverly weaves facts about space missions with hilarious ideas about space. In their quest, Jasper and Charlie consult space experts to see if Jasper might make history too. Several considerations regarding the design and layout of Jasper Space Dog have been made including the use of dyslexie font and cream paper stock to assist those who may find some aspects of reading challenging.

Guest review – what does #BabyGarnet, Eva, think?

Jasper is too funny. the part about a cow jumping over the moon and the hot dogs made me really laugh. I liked how a man got called a superhero – I like superheroes. I liked the pictures of the doggy. the things about the man walking on the moon was interesting. I didn’t want the book to end. I loved it all, mostly the parrot and the dog, Jasper. I am looking forward to reading more books about Charlie and Jasper.

A little note from TWG.

To be perfectly honest, Eva has said it all really, but I just wanted to add my own thoughts on the book. I actually read ‘Jasper Space Dog’ before Eva’s bed time, saying that we would read a couple of chapters, not the entire book. Did that happen? Did it heck! She was so engrossed (and so was I), in the story, that she ended up staying up past her bedtime just so that we could finish reading. I thought it was absolutely brilliant – such a brilliantly written, humorous book which puts such a fun spin on learning. The addition of Neil Armstrong and the information about Apollo II was very well incorporated into the story, and at times Eva asked me if I was joking about someone walking on the moon. I am so looking forward to reading more about Charlie and Jasper’s adventures – I think we have now found a firm favourite bedtime story….especially seeing as I am currently reading it for the second time in two days.

Fabulous book!

Love,

TWG

(aged 29 and 4 months) – that won’t make sense unless you have read the book ;).

Purchase ‘Jasper Space Dog’ from Amazon now!

About the author.

Hilary Robinson is an award-winning radio producer and author of over 50 picture books. Awards include the 2016 Historical Young Quills Award for ‘Flo of the Somme.’ Radio credits include Private Peaceful for BBC Radio 2 and her series for Barry Humphries Forgotten Musical Masterpieces was listed as one of the top 30 artistic triumphs of 2016 by the Telegraph. Extracts from her book ‘A Song For Will and the Lost Gardeners of Heligan’ were read on BBC Radio 4.

About the Illustrator

Lewis James was supported by the Prince’s Trust through the Enterprise programme. Following the successful launch of his business, he continued his involvement with the Prince’s Trust as young ambassador. Lewis is mentored through Strauss House Productions by illustrator and branding expert, Mandy Stanley.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead (@JayJayBus) @RaRaResources

Delighted to be joining in with the one day blog blitz for ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’ by Sue Wickstead. Many thanks to RaRaResources for having me involved, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

Jay-Jay the bus is rescued from the dirty scrap yard, where he was sadly gathering dust and cobwebs. Feeling nervous yet excited, he is taken to an airport where he is magically transformed into a ‘Playbus’ full of toys, games and adventure.

A fictional tale based on a real-life bus ‘Supersonic’, which flew in the imaginations of the many young children who visited it.

What does TWG think?

As a fan of buses (looking at not riding on as she gets travel sick), my five year old daughter was so excited to read about Jay-Jay. Shes at the stage where she is able to read certain words, so I am sure you can guess just how proud she was with this book.

I may be an adult but even I enjoyed this lovely little book, and its illustrations are just so fun and colourful! I think that this is an idea book for both adult and children alike. A very magic and enchanting read, guaranteed to keep your child entertained time and time again.

Buy from Amazon UK

Buy from Sue’s website.

About the author.

I am a teacher and an author and have currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.

For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.

I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. I decided to write a fictional tale about the bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.

‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original bus and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continued.

This story has now been followed by five more picture books.

I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share the story. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.

The story has been read in many schools in the south-East of England, where I teach as a cover teacher, it is always well received and certainly different.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Do Bugs Wear Shoes? By Addie Broussard (@TwoUmbrellaspls) @RaRaResources

I have a fun book for you all this evening! Have you ever wondered whether bugs wear shoes or whether they have feelings? If not, why not?! I am delighted to bring you a review of the very colourful, ‘Do Bugs Wear Shoes?’, published by the company who brought ‘The Beedog’ book to life not so long ago. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the ARC.

A colorful, fun-filled book packed with answers to all your silliest bug questions! 
Learn what happens when a bug goes to space, to school, and to the gym. Find out if bugs have feelings like people do. Discover robot bugs, dancing bugs, bugs that poop and so much more!


Filled with illustrations, photographs and interactive videos, Do Bugs Wear Shoes will have kids laughing and learning as they discover awe-inspiring facts about the insect world. This beautifully designed book is organized into colorful two-page spreads that each focus on a different question, making it easy and fun to read for children and big kids alike.

BOOK EXTRAS include videos and printable worksheets for extended learning. Great for educators and at-home learning.

PLUS, vote on the world’s most beautiful bug!

Recommended for ages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and up.

What does TWG think?

Do bugs wear shoes? No, seriously, do they?! For those of you with children of your own, work with children, or are around young children frequently, you will be well aware of some of the fantastic and rather questionable questions that come out of young children’s mouths. Right? This brightly coloured book puts those insightful questions on the table, and allows children of all ages to enjoy their innocence as they read the book and look at the pages.

It’s suggested that this book is for ages 6 and over, however, I don’t see any harm in reading it to children younger or letting them look at the pictures. My daughter is five and I loved the fact that I was able to use the book whilst I homeschooled her – she laughed and learnt at the same time, and the added online resources were brilliant at connecting the two mediums by allowing children to watch the book come to life via videos.

I think that ‘Do Bugs Wear Shoes?’ would be the perfect book to grace a child’s bookshelf with its effortless, vibrant way of bringing the questions younger love to ask, to life without making them feel as though they asked a ‘stupid’ or ‘unimportant’ question. I loved it.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Buy now from Amazon US

About the author.

Two Umbrellas is an educational publishing company that fuses education and storytelling.  We offer books and activities to help parents and educators empower tomorrow’s leaders.

Our founders, Anthony Puttee and Addie Broussard, love to travel.  Anthony’s favorite trip was to Antarctica and he has included some of his personal photos in this book.  Addie has traveled solo around the world. While in Portugal, she encountered a unique insect, which inspired a children’s book called The Beedog, which was published in 2018. The idea for Do Bugs Wear Shoes came from a playful team meeting on a rooftop in Mexico.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Beedog by Addie Broussard (@TwoUmbrellasPls), Illustrated by Joyeeta Neogi @RaRaResources

I would like to extend my apologies to RaRaResources and the author for the delay in my review, but a massive thank you for your patience. As part of the blog blitz, I am very excited to be reviewing ‘The Beedog’, a children’s educational book by Addie Broussard, illustrated by Joyeeta Neogi. Here is my review:

 

An award-winning picture book that will get little ones excited about science.

While building a unique sandcastle, Cora and Manny spot a rather curious insect.
Soon, the little scientists keep a watchful eye on the insect’s movements, while learning about the
natural environment along the way.

A great book for STEM education and home-school projects or just curious little ones who love
science. Book extras include fun, printable activities related to science learning and research.

What does TWG think?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this with my little girl, Eva, who has just turned five! Here is what Eva thought:

‘I thought it was funny when Manny fell on top of Luna! I wish my dog could dig as fast in the sand as the beedog did. I liked finding out about the beedog and all of the different wasps that are about – my favourite is the cuckoo wasp because its rainbowy ‘.

Hearing my little girl laugh out loud because of the sand and watching her eyes go wide when she realised that the beedog, or bembix rostrata as it’s scientifically called, was in fact a real thing. The illustrations were very clear, supporting the story with such colourful pictures, bringing the story to life one pixel at a time. I am going to be homeschooling my daughter and I will be using this book in her studies as thats how much I enjoyed it – I really do think children will benefit from the book as it isn’t overpowering at all. In fact, I’ll go as far to say that even I learnt something. I really do hope that I am able to find the other books to help further my daughter’s education when she starts homeschooling.

Such a lovely, educational book for children and parents alike.

Buy now from Amazon US
Buy now from Amazon UK

About the author.

Addie is an avid traveler, and once went on a solo journey to fifteen countries in one
year. When she encounters something unique, she writes about it. Her first published picture book,
The Beedog, is about a curious insect that she found in southern Portugal.
Addie began her writing journey when she was just nine years old, with a book called Doggienauts.
That book has been updated and is set for publication in 2018. Addie is originally from the United
States and is currently a full-time traveler. Home is where her suitcase is.

Illustrator Bio, Joyeeta Neogi

Joyeeta is a children’s book illustrator who has worked with international authors and publishers.
Her engagement with worldwide clients and multicultural themes has allowed her to create
captivating original animal and child characters. Her art captures the expressions, movements and
vibrancy of life within simple compositions to bring the author’s story to life. In her free time,
Joyeeta is busy with painting and music. She loves to paint in oil and acrylic, and has also developed
a passion for watercolor.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Go To Sleep by Marion Adams (@Marion_Author) @RaRaResources

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I gave my daughter the decision of choosing which book she would like me to review for this tour. She decided to choose ‘Go To Sleep’ by Marion Adams as it has a sheep – I hope that’s okay!

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Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong … The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!

What do TWG and Baby TWG think?

My 4 year old daughter hasn’t always been one for sleep. Once she gets into the land of nod, she stays there for a good few hours unless I end up leaving the bed. So, when I had the chance to read a book about sleep, I grabbed hold of it with two hands and was delighted to read it to my little girl. Here is what she thought of the book:

Baby TWG: ‘I like animals! The sheep has a really boofee smile! I can count already so I didn’t need to learn that. I was too busy looking at the doggy to actually go to sleep but mumma made me laugh when she read it to me.’

TWG: I thought the illustrations were beautifully done and incredibly eye-catching and, whilst I knew my daughter wouldn’t drop off to the land of nod straight away, I knew she enjoyed the story due to the animals and my over excited way of telling the story. Easy to read regardless of the age, I think this is a lovely story for children of all ages.

Buy now from Amazon UK
Buy now from Amazon US

Marion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and
sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books.
Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.

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#BlogTour! #Review – London Hat Hunting Mission by Winnie Mak Tselikas (@OneDearWorld) @RaRaResources

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Who wants to go on a mission?
Not just any mission….a HAT mission!

I am so excited to be kicking off the blog tour for the ‘London Hat Hunting Mission’, courtesy of RaRaResources and One Dear World. Here is my review from both me and my 4 year old daughter, Eva.

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Four little Londoners, Hope, Jun, Lea and Parth, come from a different cultural background, are good friends living in London. They are travelling to the iconic places around the city in search of magic hats to cure Mr Globe’s headache.
 
The book is illustrated with a mix of real life photographs of iconic places in London and digital illustration so children can have a vivid visual experience of London and at the same time open up their world of imagination.

What does TWG think?

What a fun little book! I love how the author has used dolls to tell the story in the big city of London, crouching down to a child’s level straight away. Whilst children often follow their peers regarding other people’s lifestyles, skin colour etc, I am hoping that a lot of parents/guardians read this book and learn a thing or too while they’re at it! I read this book to my four-year old, Eva, and her response to the book was this:

‘I loved it! Their hats are cool and I loved how they went on a number 15 bus!’.

The fact that the dolls were of different skin colour wasn’t important to my daughter at all. It wasn’t that she ignored it, it was because to her, different skin colours aren’t a big deal. In her eyes, they were just four dolls looking for hats. Why can’t adults think like that?

I am a massive fan of London, so being able to go on a mission through the eyes of a child in London, in a book, blew me away and made me feel like a giggly child again. The only thing I would say about this book is that the story itself isn’t grabbing as I find that in most children’s books, the writing rhymes or has more of a beat to it. The content of the story is clearly important and gets the message across, but for me, I think it needs to be more adapted to grab the child’s’ attention.

All in all, ‘London Hat Hunting Mission’ is a fun read, ideal for a quality time reading session for both parent and child.

Buy now!

About the author.

Winnie Mak Tselikas is a believer in diversity. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she studied engineering, worked in commercial sales and in 2011 switched to education upon moving to London. There, she met her half-French, half-Greek husband and they had a son, who now has family in China, France, Greece, HK, the UK and the US. Winnie considers her son to be a world citizen rather than of a particular nationality or culture. Inspired by her family and London’s diversity, she founded One Dear
World and created the lovely adventures of Mr. Globe and the little Londoner dolls.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Steve and FranDan Take on the World by Ron Butlin (@RonButlinMakar) @LoveBooksGroup

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IMG_0009Steve has had enough – enough of cyber-bullies, enough of adults messing up the world. Sharp-witted Fran and her brother worry-wart Dan feel exactly the same. And so, along with his dog Nessie, Steve and the FranDan twins leave town in the dead of night to start on the biggest adventure of their lives…

But if things were bad before, they soon get worse. Much, much worse. Some seriously bad men show up. Why have Steve and Dan been overpowered and led away as prisoners? Why are they kept tied up in the barn of a disused farm?

Having managed to escape, and with no way to call for help, Fran knows it’s up to her to mount a one-woman rescue

What does TWG think?

With a theme pretty close to my heart, ‘Steve & FranDan Take on the World’ is a book which took me back to a place in my life I would rather forget. Although, the topic of cyber bullying shouldn’t make people feel comfortable as it should do the complete opposite – make people feel Uncomfortable. It is about time an author for the younger generation, wrote a book about something which doesn’t get spoken about often, when it should. Damn right it should. Cyber bullying is a lot more popular than people seem to realise and no, not in a good way. I take my hat off to Ron Butlin for incorporating such a problematic in a way that children will take on board a lot easier.

Now, this book contains a lot of adventure and is ideal for keeping younger children gripped, despite the serious theme running through it. It is pretty clear that ‘Steve and FranDan’ isn’t aimed at adults, I mean, the storyline is incredibly far-fetched so an imagination is highly recommended. Even though I am well above the ‘recommended age’ for this book, I was still able to appreciate what this author was trying to do and the message it was trying to send.

Well done Ron Butlin!

Buy now!