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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
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

written by @sugarmousemama


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

Written by @sugarmousemama


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
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