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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Morris Wants More by Joshua Siegal and Amélie Falière - Review by LittleFolk Tales

We love traditional tales with a twist here at LittleFolk Tales, and this is a unique and anarchic re-imagining of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ that helps to satiate the need to indulge in all things Christmassy (despite it still being mid-November) whilst also sharing an important message about greed and being careful what you ask for!
Spoilt little Prince Morris is used to getting everything he wants from his doting Mother and Father and over the twelve days demands a bigger present each day.  Of course his parents are only o happy to do everything they can to please him…and the packages grow in size…until the story comes to its disastrous conclusion!  I don’t want to spoil the ending, but needless to say the final present does get the better of him (but don’t worry…it is a quick trip to A and E that is revealed rather than anything more sinister!).
As well as being a humorous, yet cautionary tale, this is a great book for developing language and vocabulary, exploring synonyms for ‘big’ for example “On the fifth day of Christmas, Morris got a mega present... but it wasn’t massive enough!”  and whilst some of the vocabulary may be fictitious, as with the “supermega monstermassive present” he receives on day twelve, LittleFolk will delight in using language in such a fun and imaginative way, and it is great for discussing other words they know, and other ways they could describe size.
The brightly coloured illustrations make this book a visual delight, as we have come to expect from the offerings at Flying Eye Books, and it won’t be much of a stretch for the GrownUp Folk to notice a striking similarity between Prince Morris and a certain president who they might wish to see meet the same fate as Morris.
We loved this book at LittleFolk HQ, and it’s a great one for those of you who might need to encourage the editing of Christmas lists!  
Recommended for LittleFolk aged 3-5…and their GrownUps!  
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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Book Promotion - The Little Girl Who Gave Zero Fucks by Amy kean

The Little Girl Who Gave Zero Fucks is a story of a little girl who vows to change the world, She starts her day with a basket of fucks and throughout the day she encounters people whom she must give a fuck out too. So what happens when she decides she will no longer hand out her fucks?

This is an absolutely brilliant original book. It is beautifully written and has a fast paced rhyming style that is so cleverly done. The illustrations compliment the story fantastically, they are bright and colourful and no attention to detail is spared.

This book is definitely worth giving a fuck about.

My favourite rhyme from the book

Wait, ''what are Fucks?'' you might suddenly cry as you halt to attention and rub your wide eyes!
Well fucks are the things that girls keep in their basket and must give them away when somebody asks it. Fucks are their blues, their esteems and their happies sat in their basket ever since they wore nappies.


The Little Girl who gave Zero Fucks is currently being advertised for publishing on Unbound.com
you can help to get the book published by making a pledge (minimum of £20) for this you will receive a first edition hard backed book or an ebook edition if you prefer. It will also have your name printed in the back.

You can buy your copy here https://unbound.com/books/gave-zero

written by @sugarmousemama

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Book Promotion - Jasper the Firefighting Dragon by Val Blackburn

When Vals 2 year old daughter asked her for a story about a dragon and a fire engine. Val obliged and over the coming nights she came up with the story about a water breathing dragon called Jasper who joins  the Fire Brigade.

Val has never written a book before but after lots of positive feedback on her story she decided to make self publishing it into a book her maternity project for baby number two.

Through lots of hard work and dedication Jasper the Firefighting Dragon is here and what a treat it is!

My children really enjoyed this book it is beautifully written and has a good underlying moral message about accepting peoples differences. The story is not too short like other picture books and the wording is large and clear for early readers to decipher. The illustrations are bright and colourful which captured my two boys imagination.

The book is printed on good quality thick paper which is ideal for younger children who like to turn the pages. I'd say this book is aimed for children in the 0-6 years age category.

Available to buy here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jasper-Firefighting-Dragon/dp/1527212378

Written by @sugarmousemama





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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Why Mummy Drinks (the diary of an exhausted mum) by Gill Sims



Welcome to Mummy’s world....

Daddy likes gadgets, the boy child Peter and the girl child Jane like starting fires, trying to kill each other and driving mummy to drink, and Mummy just needs a break ......

It’s Mummys 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future full of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be ‘tiddly’ after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like ‘Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?’

But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’ and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring’s extracurricular activities and ‘achievements’. Instead she clutches a large glass of wine , muttering ‘FML’ over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an ideas she’s had.....


I bloody loved this book, it is written in the style of a diary with a light hearted and hilarious take on modern family life. This is a book for all mums out there that feel undervalued, over worked and have a special loathing for the playground mums clique.

The characters are well rounded, believable and likeable. The book is brutally honest and true to life. I am positive that any parent will recognise themselves or their children in this book.


Written by @sugarmousemama

Available to buy here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-Mummy-Drinks-Gill-Sims/dp/0008237492
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Book Review: Happy by Fearne Cotton

Determined to break the taboo surrounding Mental health, well known TV presenter, DJ and celebrity Fearne Cotton opens up honestly about her own battle with depression and the techniques she used to find her happiness again.

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Book Review: Wonder by R. J. Palacia

everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world’ – August Pullman

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Book Review: The subtle art of not giving a f*ck

The subtle art of not giving a f*ck 



By Mark Manson 

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Book Review: A Little Princess

A Little Princess

By Frances Hodgson Burnett 

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Book Review: Pure Evil

Pure Evil 

By Maureen Harvey


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Book Review: My Big Shouting Day

My Big Shouting Day 

By Rebecca Patterson

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Book Review: History of the world in 100 modern objects -Middle class stuff and nonsense


History of the world in 100 modern objects -Middle class stuff and nonsense 

By Francesca Hornak


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Book Review: The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet!

The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet!

By Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter


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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Book Review: Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore

Six Dinner Sid 

By Inga Moore


Six Dinner Sid is the story of a greedy cat who lives at number One Aristotle Street where he has a very comfortable life, with a loving family, However Sid also happens to live at numbers Two, Three, Four, five and Six Aristotle Street. Sid loves his dinner so much that he has Six different dinners at Six different houses every evening as each neighbour thinks he belongs to them.

So when Sid develops a cough and has to visit the vet what will happen next? Will his cover be blown? and most importantly will he still get his Six dinners?

My boys aged 5 & 7yrs loved this story as it has a cheeky and mischievous theme that has them giggling. A particularly favourite part of the story is how Sid has to act differently with each “owner” he is a very good actor and has a very good memory to respond to Six different names!

The illustrations in the book are beautiful, colourful and depict the story well. The book is a lovely read and it is just the right length for an anytime of day. Whether you have a cat living in your family or not this book will appeal to adults and children alike. 

Written by Jennine at @sugarmousemama

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Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects 

By Gillian Flynn


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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Book Review: Open Very Carefully - A Book With A Bite by Nick Bromley and Nicola O'Byrne

Open Very Carefully - A Book With A Bite 

By Nick Bromley and Nicola O'Byrne 


First of all I have a thing for Nosy Crow books. I feel they re just so much cooler than what other publishers have to offer the young readers. Plus they are ALWAYS so beautifully illustrated. 



Open Very Carefully is no exception; the duckling is cute and the crocodile is mischievous and full of sass. 

Essentially, the book is about  crocodile breaking into the story of the Ugly Duckling and we have to help get him out! It's fun and interactive with the narrator (The Ugly Duckling) talking directly to the reader. We have to shake the book and rock the book and eventually the crocodile breaks out by biting through the pages! There are actual bite marks on the last few pages - this is what made me want to buy the book straight away! 

Open Very Carefully has everything you want from a book for young readers: Evelyn will sit still all the way through, giggles at the funny bits and demands 'MORE!' When it's finished. That is a five star rating for sure! 



I also love this book, it's so different from the mundane stuff normally targeted at young readers, I feel it properly engages them and their imagination; I'll recommend it to all parents of babies and toddlers. 

Written by Amy @kittyandpip 

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Book Review: The Playground Mafia by Sarah Tucker

The Playground Mafia 

By Sarah Tucker



Now to all you Momma's out there, I'm sure you know what it is like to settle into a new area, a new place or meet new friends. It is bloody damn difficult to settle in somewhere, especially when it comes to schools or playgroups. I always find that in a school setting there tends to be groups of mums.. you get the mums that strut around like the queen bee, the soccer mums, the quiet mums who keep to themselves and many more. Growing up doesn't always mean growing up, bitchy behaviour never leaves the playground whether you are 4 or 44 we don't get along with everyone...


This book is about a newly-single mother to a 4 year old boy and divorcee, Caroline Gray. Caroline has recently moved to a town called Frencham and settling into her new life is the easy part... the hard part is fitting in being a mum at school! Heather and Eva, Caroline's best friends already have children at The Sycamore school and they know who to avoid at the school gates, however for poor Caroline she has to learn the hard way. 'The Playground Mafia' rule the roost at The Sycamore, well they think they do until all takes an unexpected turn... Brace yourself for playground politics, bitchiness, a whole lot of drama and a little romance along the way.

Written by Kara @about_a_book-x 

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Friday, 12 May 2017

The Day the Crayons Quit (10 life lessons I learned from my toddler)


The Day the Crayons Quit. Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers.


I absolutely love this book. It’s brilliant. My two year old, Brodie, is still a bit young for the story, he mostly just wants to look at the pictures of dinosaurs that the Green crayon drew, but I don’t really care because I read it through to myself after he has gone to bed anyway.

Essentially the book tells the story of all the gripes, insecurities, frustrations and petty squabbles of a box of crayons. Yellow and Orange have fallen out because they both want to be the colour of the sun, Pink is pissed off about being gender stereotyped and Red is tired and overworked. If I was in a ‘guilty mum’ place it might tip me over the edge for neglecting the feelings of the crayons – I already feel bad enough about the cuddly toys that never make the cut for the crib.


There are a lot of books around that teach kids about emotions and they are all very lovely (although this is my favourite because it’s funny not twee). However, unless I am missing something, these would be better aimed at adults…toddlers have emotions nailed. Angry – let it out. Overjoyed – shout about it. Upset – hurl yourself to the ground. Why are there no books explaining to adults how best to deal with the passive aggressive work colleague who keeps taking credit for your ideas (throw a sippy cup at them?), or your mum when she tells you for the eleventybillionth time you should start potty training your toddler (scream “ME DON’T WANT TO” in her face?)?
Personally, I feel I have learned some valuable life lessons from my toddler. Here are my top 10.
1. Love yourself – Brodie looks in the mirror and feels gooooood. Doesn’t matter if his belly is too big for his t-shirt, he has toast in his hair, eczema, baby acne, weird rashes. Whatevs. He is feeling himself and it is awesome to watch.

2. Making friends is not that hard. You’re at the park, you meet someone who likes the swings as much as you do, you become their friend. Don’t try to figure out if they only feed their children organic fruit as snacks, whether they voted for or against Brexit or if they would be up for a lunchtime gin on a Sunday. Just be nice and all of that stuff will come. If they aren’t into gin you can always ditch them at a later date. Toddlers are fickle.
3. Dancing is a good idea any time, anywhere. Music is optional.

4. Use hand gestures to emphasis your key points. If you are trying to talk to someone who isn’t giving you their full focus, get louder and louder until they have to stop fannying around on Instagram and give you the attention you damn well deserve.

5.  If you don’t want to do something, make it clear instantly. If you HAVE to do something you don’t want to then insist on a sweetener. In toddler world chocolate buttons suffice, for Mums may I suggest not being the designated driver at the next family event. Remember, family gatherings go quicker with liquor. I didn’t write that, I just live by it.


6.  Don’t feel guilty about anything. And if you do just say sorry and then instantly forget about it. Toddlers don’t spend ages agonising over whether your friends choice of sign off emoji was passive aggressive and meant that she really DID mind that you’re cancelling a planned night out because your baby has a sniffle (aka you want to watch Orange is the New Black in your pyjamas with a pizza). Or if it’s one of those friends you don’t really like that much but still feel you have a social obligation to, don’t make the plan in the first place. I refer you to point 5.

7. Never refuse pudding. You never know when the next cake is coming. Applies equally to wine.

8.  You definitely miss out on fun if you go to bed early. Or even on time. Cool people stay up late.

9. Don’t dress appropriately for the occasion. If you want to wear a tutu, pyjamas or your pants over your jeans then damn well do it. Or at least the grown up equivalent which is probably not caring about whether sports luxe is still a thing, or if you own too much animal print (you don’t).


10. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Be so completely absorbed in your own stuff that there is no room for that shit. Toddlers do not give a toss if their friend got promoted and has their own office / took up that hardcore type of yoga and got all toned and glowy / bought a new pad that looks like your secret dream house Pinterest board. They put all their energy into being the centre of their own world. And yours.


Written by Holly from @hollypmilne


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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Book Review: Winnie the Pooh: The Great Heffalump Hunt.


Winnie the Pooh: The Great Heffalump Hunt.

By Giles Andreae



Winnie the Pooh was 90 last year – 90 years of making toddlers chuckle at his name, teaching us all about the value of friendship, and encouraging the purchase of large jars of honey.

This brand-new picture book will inspire a new generation of fans, and give parents some fresh reading material with gorgeous art-work that pays homage to E. H. Shepard’s originals.  If you liked Giraffes Can’t Dance you’ll love this – it’s written by the same award-winning author, Giles Andreae (and is suitable for the same age range).  You might remember him as the creator of Purple Ronnie, the stickman on every birthday card I received as a teen, and also Edward Monkton, whose philosophies on shoes, love and life raise smiles round the globe.

It’s a retelling of the Heffalump story, focussing on the friendship between the cuddly Pooh, and the more nervous Piglet.  No spoilers here, but my kids loved it, and enjoyed the gorgeous picture.  Pooh and Piglet are still the best of friends, and they show the reader how life is better together.  It’s also easier to catch a Heffalump when there are a few of you.

Try not to go misty-eyed when nervous Piglet puts his friendship before his fears, and shouts out, “But something in his little soul / Prevented him from running, / And Piglet’s voice rose clear and strong, / “Hold on, Pooh Bear… I’M COMING!”’

I missed some of the other characters – where is Rabbit, Roo and Wol, not forgetting grumpy Eeyore?  But it was refreshing to read a non-Disney version of the story.  Here’s hoping that Giles Andreae returns to the genre and brings back some of the other animals from the 100-acre wood.

Celine Bell
https://www.bellfrombow.com/the-blog


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Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

By Ransom Riggs 


First of all, technically this is a kids book. But it's a kids book in the same way as the Hunger Games, Divergent, Twilight etc is. It's for grown up kids, isn't that what adults are? I personally love this type of book (except for twilight, friggin HATE Twilight!!!) My eldest read it first, she devoured it actually and was most insistent that I read it straight after! Cait has reviewed as a kids book over on my blog. 

After reading I realise that maybe I should have checked it first; in the first half of the book there is a fair bit of swearing which I didn't realise as we picked it up from the same section we get most of Cait's books. But oh well, I'm sure she has heard worse, there's no harm as long as she isn't using that language I suppose? 

This is a cool book! The author has collected some seriously creepy photos from thrift sales and compiled a story around them. They way he fits them into the narrative is cool, a little clumsy in places, but your imagination can really runaway with you after you've studied them for a bit. 

The story itself is fairly standard for this type of teen fiction; outcast kid who isn't particularly fond of his family, tragic loss early on and then journey of discovery and a battle of good verses evil which obviously leads into a trilogy. The characters have enough about them for you to get a feel for them but the full picture I imagine is being held back for book 2 and 3. Some of the peculiar children are quite awesome and definitely want to get to know them more.

It's quite basic in places but I suppose as the narrator is a teenager it fits. When Jacob, the main character, goes back in time it's very innocent which I really enjoyed; it's a teen's story you don't want it to be cynical and sordid; he has a kiss and it's described as 'nice', isn't that how a kid would describe their first kiss after all?

I think without the photos the story itself would probably loose some of its edge and I might have liked it a lot darker but this is such a good easy read, perfect escapism. My daughter is desperate for the second and third book and to be honest I want to know what's going to happen to Jacob and his peculiar friends.  



Review written by Amy from @kittyandpip

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Book Review: Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

Water For Elephants 

by Sara Gruen


When I read the first page in Water for Elephants I felt the magic waiting to be read. I must admit that I always read the books before a movie, however this time I done it the other way round and I was so intrigued by the movie I just had to get the book. As all book lovers know, the book is way better than the movie with it having so much more detail and other bits going on that aren't made into the movie.

The book opens with a forgotten and alone old man living in a nursing home. This man is Jacob Jankowski. He begins to tell his story on how he became part of the most spectacular show on earth. Jacob Jankowski jumped a train when his life became nothing at just the age of twenty-three, but it turned out to be not your average train, but the train of The Benzini Brothers in the Depression-era America.

Jacob has kept his circus secret for seventy years and finally wants to get it off his chest. He tells of a beautiful woman he falls in love with, the grafters, freaks and a heroine who weighs 2500 pounds. But not everything about the circus life is magical which Jacob Jankowski soon discovers, and a lot of twist and turns come to light.


This is a must read book for anyone who likes an adventure, loves animals and wants a love story.

Written by Kara (@about_a_book_x)

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Book Review: Mum by Morty Sey & Scott Chegg

Mum 

by Morty Sey & Scott Chegg 


Mum is a fast-paced rhyming book perfectly describing the absolute chaos of the school run. My children enjoyed the familiarity and really appreciated the humour of the mum trying to coax the children into getting ready in the morning yet everything going horribly wrong.

The story has a well thought out hidden message about taking the time to listen to others which concludes with a twist at the end that my children really weren't expecting.

This made the book a wonderful change from the predictable bedtime stories that we usually read.

The colours and illustrations in the book are unusually quirky. In particular, the mum’s birds nest hair had my boys giggling.

This is a cleverly written and wonderfully different book that both children and adults will find appealing, it will definitely be a firm favourite on the children’s bookshelf. 

Written by Jennine (@sugarmousemama

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Book Review: The Colour Monster


The Colour Monster 

By Anna LLenas 

Published by Templar



This lovely pop up book was a gift from my Daughter's (ungodly) Godmother for her second Birthday. It was a fantastic choice as my Daughter instantly loved the pop up images. I did have to reign her back a little from tearing them apart, but I believe there is a regular version available without the pop ups available.

The book tells the story of the Colour Monster, who's feelings are all mixed up. It goes on to help him explain what his feelings feel like, and which colours represent them. it's an incredibly simple, but effective way of introducing young Children to emotional intelligence. 

I was really quite amazed by the impact it had on my Daughter, at only just two, she became able to vocalise feelings like scared and sad, and also recognise them in others. I also used some of the parts of the story when she was having tantrums, such as 'lets try and be like the calm monster ahhh', which incredibly, sometimes really got through to her. 

At one point she was requesting the book to be read multiple times a day, which is always the sign of a win. I really would recommend this book, both as a gift, or for your own Children. it is suitable for a wide age range. from toddlers just beginning to grasp emotions, to older Kids. It opens up topics of conversation and introduces complex ideas is a manageable format.

Even as an Adult, I can really gain from reading this book with her. Concepts such as needing all the emotions to become a whole, and recognising fear being something we overcome together etc, were really helpful to me.

As you can tell I love the message of the Colour Monster, and it's a welcome addition to our little Library.


Review by Jo @intrepidbebe

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Review: Apple Tree Yard

Apple Tree Yard 

By Louise Doughty



Basically the story is about Yvonne Carmichael (who is the narrator) she has the 'perfect' but boring life. Married, lives in A detached house at the End of a suburban cul-de-sac, two children, two cars, two good careers kind of life. She randomly meets a bloke (who is fishy AF by the way) and has a slightly sordid affair; lots of sex in public and not a lot else. Then something tragic happens and her whole life is ruined. It's all very BBC drama (I am fully aware this was on the BBC and I can totally see why)

The story it's self is good, I knew this idyllic life was going to be ruined, I knew the unnamed lover was not to be trusted, I wanted to see the demise of the narrator. However I didn't like the narrator. I found her very 2D and a massive cliché that has been over done in the media and literature.  Doughty has tried to add depth: her son, who she loves very much has bipolar, her husband had an affair, she is pissed because she had to work harder raising two kids and doing her PhD, but I feel it's all just mentioned in passing. 

The worst bit is that ending is totally flat! The court case builds, there is moments of suspense but her life never fully falls apart. Everything that happened to her in the story is truly traumatic, but she sounds like a smug middle aged lady warbling on about her lover. 


I feel I am being unfair, I enjoyed the book a lot. The story is great, there are quite a few shocks; I constantly felt like 'how is this all going to go so bad' and there are real moments that highlight how skewed the legal system is against rape victims (there is a couple of paragraphs that left me feeling sick). I just have no feelings toward Yvonne Carmichael. But then maybe that's the point, she is a scientist maybe she is meant to be a very clinical person? I would love to know what other people thought maybe I'm just being hard on the woman! 

Review by Amy @kittyandpip

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Book Review: Love is my favourite thing

Love is my favourite thing. 

By Emma Chichester


This book is just so lovely. Its all about a little dog called Plummie, who sometimes can't help but be a teeny bit naughty.

She gets distracted by all the other things she loves, like swimming, and ice cream, and forgets to listen to her Mummy!

When she gets told off it makes her sad, and she wonders if her Mummy and Daddy will still love her.

Its a great book for any age, but my 4 year old daughter really enjoys it. We talk about what our favourite things are, and we talk about love, and why we love each other, even when we can sometimes do naughty things. Like when her brother bites her, or when she doesnt listen to mummy!

The illustrations are really great, and my 2 year old also likes the story about the naughty doggy.

What's more, is was written by a blogger!!

What's not to like?!

Plummie gets my vote! 

Review by: Laura from @mum_bore
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Book Review: Goose

Goose 

by Dawn O’Porter



Goose is a story of two girls growing up in Guernsey in the 1990's and their progression from adolescence to adulthood. Renee and Flo are both eighteen and in their final year of college but whilst Flo is determined to get to uni and take Renee with her, it looks as though Renee has other ideas.

Can they reconcile there differences or are they destined to grow apart?

I loved Goose for its nostalgia aspect, every women remembers being on the brink of adulthood with all the tough decisions to make and not knowing what the future will hold. I was cringing at some of the girls mistakes and nodding along in recognition in places.

There was something about the voices of Flo and Renee that is so completely addictive, probably because they are so raw and honest. The book is written from each girls perspective which definitely helped you become more engaged with the story and eager to find out how one of the girls decisions or actions affected the other.

Goose is an enjoyable read which explores the nature of friendship, love, sex and it  also takes a look at the delicate subject of religion. It was easy to dip in and out of, really funny and so touching in places. It's a complete blast from the past for all those that grew up in the 90's like myself.   

Review By: Jennine from @sugarmousemama

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Book Review: Step Up: Confidence, success and your stellar career in 10 minutes a day


Step Up: Confidence, success and your stellar career in 10 minutes a day


By Phanella Mayall Fine and Alice Olines


The book is described as having "inspirational stories from outstanding women in business, ‘kick-up-the-bum career advice’, and 10 minute a day career workouts, this is the must-have book for women who want to take charge of their career success." It certainly delivers everything it promises.

This is a truly inspiring book written in a witty, readable style and packed with practical, insightful guidance. It's not only a book about careers, it's deeper than that. It explores self confidence and how we women are placed in the workplace, in a straightforward and easy to understand way, highlighting how sometimes we're our own biggest saboteurs as women. It offers really useful thought strategies taken from CBT to alter your natural inclination to do yourself down.

The book is structured to give lots of interesting analysis of topics affecting women's careers - eg confidence, networking, vocalising goals and aspirations - followed by practical 10-minute 'workouts' at regular points: exercises which invite you to act on the discussion points and make it come to life for your own experience.

I've found the exercises in this really useful and thought-provoking, and have already been acting on some of the practical tips and finding it's changed my outlook and perspective for the better.

This is such a wonderful book that simply every woman in any kind of work (or not) should read. It delves into the psychology of self-esteem and the self-limiting behaviours that we women place on ourselves: it gives strategies for lifting yourself out of unnecessary self-limiting entrenched habits and beliefs, such as "I'm crap at networking", and offers tools for generally dealing with every aspect of work/career/self-confidence that we have to face as women. It's brilliant, clear, funny, intelligent.

Basically this book would have been career-altering had I been able to read it 10 years ago, but now as a self-employed "brand" it's making me feel enthusiastic about things that otherwise I would've felt intimidated or anxious (and avoidant) about.

Plus it's made me see the true life-changing power of lipstick.
Excellent book, could not recommend highly enough.

Review by: Anya, Writer and editor, Author of Pregnancy: The Naked Truth
Pilates teacher

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