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#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.

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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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#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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Here Come the Trolls by Ron Butlin (@RonButlinMakar) @LoveBooksGroup

Delighted to be taking part in a ‘Trolltastic’ blog tour today! My review of ‘Here Come the Trolls’ and ‘Day of the Trolls’ will include my general thoughts alongside my four year old’s thoughts as well. Big thank you to the author and LoveBooksGroup for the copies of the books, and for inviting me to take part in the tour. Here is my review:

‘Day of the Trolls’ blurb.

Fart-Fart and all the trolls are back! Join them in the shopping mall where they go wild, causing havoc as they overrun the place. But when they follow sign saying All Trolls – This Way, things turn out very differently to what Flycatcher, Bumscratcher, SnotFace and the rest of them expected…

‘Here Come the Trolls’ blurb

Through gaps in the roof we didn’t repair through cracks in the walls we pretended weren’t there . . . the trolls have come creeping while we were all sleeping. Trolls on your chair, trolls in your bed–is anything worse than a troll on your head? What happens when your house is invaded by trolls–mischievous creatures who do nothing but cause havoc and mayhem? Find out in this zany and charming book which tells you how to get rid of them for good and make your house a troll-free zone!

What does TWG and Baby Garnet think?

Baby Garnet: I like the books because they have lots of funny bits in them. I like the colours of the covers too. I like the girl trolls in the book because they remind me of me, and other children will like them too.

(Views said by four-year old, Eva, written by mumma (me). )

TWG: Oh these books made me laugh! I had to read them out to my daughter as she is currently learning how to read (if the book doesn’t just contain the words ‘to, stop, no, yes and okay’, then she’s pretty much stuffed). Even as an adult, I still found myself laughing at the troll ‘Fart-Fart’. Yes, I am childish but seriously, how is that not funny? I think the author has done a brilliant job in writing a book which will appeal to most children, due to the hilarious personalities of the trolls (and their names). Of course we all know that children find little things and everything funny – this is why I truly believe that children will be laughing out loud at what the trolls get up to. Well, that’s if their parents don’t beat them to the laughter first!

I am a sucker for children’s books which rhyme, because I find that I am able to get into the spirit of the story as I read it out loud to my little girl. Personally, I really do hope that Ron Butlin gives the trolls more things to do as I wouldn’t say no to going out and purchasing more of these books for my daughter (that’s if I don’t nab them to read first!).

‘Here Come the Trolls’ and ‘Day of the Trolls’ are fantastic reads for every little person out there. It doesn’t matter if the children aren’t reading yet as, with these books, you have the perfect opportunity to read to your child and re-light your own childish tendencies with Fart-Fart and SnotFace. I even think these books are suitable for adults as well!

I must highlight the fact that both books were illustrated by James Hutcheson – what a fabulous job he has done! The illustrations worked perfectly well with the story by bringing the trolls cheekiness to life in a fantastic way.

Absolutely brilliant.

Here Come the Trolls – Buy now from Amazon
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#BlogTour! #Review – Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival @TomPercivalsays @KidsBloomsbury

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Delighted to be one of today’s stops on Tom Percival’s blog tour for ‘Perfectly Norman’, published by Bloomsbury books. Huge thanks to Faye Rogers for inviting me to review such a fantastic children’s book.

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Norman had always been perfectly normal. That was until the day he grew a pair of wings!

Norman is very surprised to have wings suddenly – and he has the most fun ever trying them out high in the sky. But then he has to go in for dinner. What will his parents think? What will everyone else think? Norman feels the safest plan is to cover his wings with a big coat.

But hiding the thing that makes you different proves tricky and upsetting. Can Norman ever truly be himself?

A poignant yet uplifting story about individuality, with stunning artwork in a striking minimal palette from the author/illustrator of Herman’s Letter. Fans of Oliver Jeffers and Benj Davies will love it.

What does TWG think?

For me, reading and reviewing children’s books on my blog are such a delightful change of scenery. Most books I read cover a wide variety of in-depth, emotional, and often quite serious topics. Reading children’s books however, seem to enlighten the brain in such an innocent and eye-opening manner. ‘Perfectly Norman’ is one of those books, and then some.

Norman has always thought of himself as ‘normal’. But what actually is NORMAL? In Norman’s eyes, normal means he is just like everyone else with nothing out of the ordinary separating him from his peers. Well, until he grew a pair of wings of course. Can you imagine suddenly having wings? Being able to soar above the sky. Being the owner of more freedom than you ever thought possible. Being able to take flight whenever the situation arose. Sounds bliss really, doesn’t it? At first, the novelty of having a beautiful pair of wings wasn’t lost on little Norman, he took the situation by the wings and flew with it…literally. But being that ‘different’ came with a price. A price which a child should never, ever have to decipher.

Little Norman’s knee-jerk reaction was to hide his wings. Why? Because he was afraid. Afraid of what people would say if they were to find out about his wings. Afraid of the repercussions. Did hiding his wings help him? Well, let me ask you this; if you were the owner of something out of the ordinary, brought into your life out with your control (& yes, including illness related differences), which made you stand out differently to another person (aside from the obvious hair colour etc), would you feel happy about hiding those differences because you were afraid of other people’s reactions?

Would you? Because I certainly wouldn’t, and as someone who has to live my life with those differences, I most certainly dislike doing it.

Tom Percival needs a humongous hug, in my opinion. There’s a difference between an adult leaning more towards hiding things, especially as they’re able to understand more of the situation than a young child, but when a child feels that pressure – this is when people need to open their eyes and realise how much society needs educating.

‘Perfectly Norman’ is a beautiful, beautiful story about learning how to be yourself without shying away from the things which make you different. The things which make you, YOU. The language used in this story is perfectly matched to the topic of the story, and the illustrations completely blew my mind. Not only did Tom Percival write this magnificent story, he also illustrated it. Personally, I think he has done a truly fantastic job.

I read ‘Perfectly Norman’ with my then three-year old daughter (who turned four a few weeks later). Throughout the story, my daughter asked me questions such as; ‘why is the boy sad?’ and ‘why does he have wings and others don’t? don’t they want wings like him?’. It wasn’t a case of asking me why Norman was different, or laughing because he didn’t look like the other children. No. My daughter wanted to find out whether the other children wanted wings like Norman, AS WELL. In my eyes, that right there is the fundamental difference between a child’s mentality, and an adult’s mentality. As adults we, in theory, are more educated about certain situations than a child, and therefore more capable to direct our feelings towards those situations in a more logical manner. However, child often don’t receive the credit which they deserve, especially at times like these. Children understand a lot more than we seem to believe. They are aware of a lot more. They see situations a heck of a lot clearer than some adults often will. So, when a child comes up against a topic such as the one in ‘Perfectly Norman’, they will see it for what it is rather than spending ages deciphering every single point logistically, and often long-winded. Also known as – OVER THINKING EVERYTHING. Don’t get me wrong, not every adult (or even child) are like that.

Tom Percival’s children’s book is an extremely vital learning material for children of all ages, and yes, even adults. As soppy as this sounds, this book made me emotional because I could appreciate the sheer importance of the message which the author was trying to convey, and managed one hundred percent flawlessly.

‘Perfectly Norman’ is a beautiful, enchanting, eye-opening story which needs to be read by every single person out there. Such a joy to read, yet extremely emotional at the same time for those who can fully appreciate the sensitive topic.

Magnificent. My favourite children’s book of the year so far.

Thanks Faye Rogers & Bloomsbury.

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#BlogTour! #Review – One Summer in Tuscany by Domenica De Rosa @ellygriffiths @QuercusFiction

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Rivalries and romance in a Tuscan paradise. A relaxing writers’ retreat? If only! Perfect holiday reading from Domenica de Rosa, author of the bestselling Dr Ruth Galloway series under the name Elly Griffiths. Previously published as SUMMER SCHOOL.

Patricia Wilson’s carefully composed ads for the writers’ retreat she runs at her thirteenth-century Italian castle promise so much. But while the splendour of their surroundings and chef Aldo’s melanzane never fail to wow the guests, huge maintenance bills and bad news from the bank threaten to close Patricia down. It’s make or break time for the Castello.

Each of her seven aspiring authors arrives with the inevitable baggage alongside their unpublished manuscripts. But this August something is different, and soon lifelong spinster Mary is riding on the back of Aldo’s vespa, and smouldering odd-job man Fabio has set more than one heart racing.

As temperatures rise, the writers gossip, flirt and gently polish their prose by the pool. But with ghosts, scorpions, and some unexpected visitors to contend with, one thing’s for sure: neither the Castello, nor Patricia, has ever seen a summer like this.

What does TWG think?

Set in Italy, ‘One Summer in Tuscany’ is an ideal book to take with you on your holidays, lay on the sun lounger and just relax. With a not to strenuous storyline, this novel allows you to go with the flow without being too heavy, or too complicated.

Be prepared for a lot of characters to come your way though! Although, with a beautiful setting such as Italy, I don’t think the prospect of multiple characters will annoy you too much!

What I found endearing about ‘One Summer in Tuscany’, was the fact that it was set in a writers retreat, as well as Italy. I have only come across that particular setting once or twice before, so it made a nice change to be able to watch the storyline unfold in a writers retreat. For me, it gave the novel more of a unique feel. Not only that, the chef, Aldo, was able to make my mouth water with a minimal amount of effort! Out of the gutter…please.

Whilst I am all for a calm storyline, I do enjoy a bit of bite. Something to sink my teeth into. Something to keep my interest. Don’t get me wrong, I was entertained by ‘One Summer in Tuscany’, I just needed a bit more…oomph to the overall storyline. I felt that the characters were well written and realistically developed. The setting was beautifully described, I just wanted to pack my suitcase and go live there. THAT’s how realistically written it was. The storyline was full of bounce in terms of happiness, without anything majorly traumatic.

Overall, it was a lovely, lovely read. I just wish it had that little bit extra. I cannot fault the author on the feel of the book though, that’s for sure!

Thanks Quercus.

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#BlogTour. #Review – The Elephant of Frimley by Nicholas Rawls. @AuthorightUKPR

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Two sisters and an elephant embark on an exciting adventure in this charming illustrated children’s book.

After the discovery of an elephant in their back garden, sisters Hannah and Emily make it their adventurous mission to return it back home. 

Originally written as a bedtime story for his two daughters, and beautifully illustrated by Louise Jewell, The Elephant of Frimley is a delightful and fun read that parents, primary school teachers and extended families will enjoy sharing with young children.

What does TWG think?

As soon as my three-year old daughter saw the front cover, she asked me a question; ‘Mumma, was is the elephant sad? Its eyes are dripping near the baby bit of her eye, why she crying?’.

Before I was able to answer her questions, I flicked through the book myself and tried to see if the story gave me any clue. Personally, it didn’t. The illustrations were delightfully drawn and completely different to other books I have read with my daughter, that’s for sure.

I still didn’t answer my daughter’s question, so I sat down with her and read the book with her, just to see what her thoughts were and whether her question got answered in its own little way. She adored the illustrations of the elephant the most. But, where the storyline was concerned, her little face began to frown when she couldn’t realise why the elephant was involved in certain things. Don’t get me wrong, it’s uniquely written and has a certain charm about it, and I adore the touching background story of it being written for the authors two daughters. Super cute!

It was a lovely, little book as far as the elephant was concerned, and as far as my little girl was concerned. She didn’t seem to find that answer for her question, nor did it keep her attention like other books.

I enjoyed reading something different with my daughter, even though it wasn’t really for us. I am sure many other children will adore the story as much as we adored the elephant.

Thanks Authoright.

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