Book Club

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London By Kate Knapp

The popular Ruby Red Shoes returns with the third instalment in this charming collection. 

Follow Ruby Red Shoes on her adventure to London at Christmas-time, as she visits the sights, travels on the underground, sees snow for the first time and has a surprising encounter with the Queen! Overflowing with charming illustrations including Buckingham Palace, the London underground and Fortnum and Mason, Kate Knapp enchants and captures Ruby’s London in her idyllic Christmas scenes. 

Ruby Red Shoes is a white hare who lives in a prettily painted caravan with her grandmother. Ruby is gentle, cheerful and enchanting. She is a very aware hare and loves animals and people, trees and nature, flowers and sunshine – not forgetting red shoes! This tale of Ruby’s Christmas in the big city will melt your heart. 

‘Off to Buckingham Palace we go! With a friendly lion and unicorn in tow. Let’s watch the Queen’s guard dressed in cardinal red, wearing a hat too big for his head!’

Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London is Kate Knapp's third installment in the Ruby Red Shoes series, and features gorgeous full-colour illustrations. Discover more of Ruby's heart-warming adventures in Ruby Red Shoes: A Very Aware Hare and Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris.

Ruby Red Shoes is Available to buy now from all good Bookshops 


Diary of a Brilliant Kid

Dr of Happiness Andy Cope new book Diary of a Brilliant Kid is a personal development book based on the science of positive psychology for pre-teens.
Age 8 – 12 is the perfect time to define who you are and to create habits of thinking that allow you to face up to the world, sunny side up.  Diary of a Brilliant Kid is an interactive collection of science, stories, theories and top tips that guide children through the difficult years between ages 8 and 12 to help them make sense of themselves and the world around them.
The book is packed with activities that will take the reader inside their own head, out into the world and help them:
  • take charge of their feelings, 
  • win friends and influence people
  • make choices that that make them feel alive, 
  • bounce back from the tough stuff
Fun and engaging the book is underpinned by some serious science.  Dr Andy Cope has spent more than 12 years researching positive psychology. He works globally, delivering wellbeing workshops for business and schools. He is also author of the best-selling Children's book series Spy Dog, the personal development Art of Being Brilliant Series and Happiness – your route map to inner joy.

Diary of a Brilliant Kid by Andy Cope is available to buy now from all good Bookshops 


Sunday, 21 October 2018

Snow Globe by Amy Wilson

Snowglobe is the beautifully spellbinding, stand-alone novel from Amy Wilson, the critically acclaimed and Carnegie-nominated author of A Girl Called Owl and A Far Away Magic

Amy’s ability to combine modern-day reality with magic to create a believable and exciting story is unique.  The scale of her imagination is second to none and this third book, with such a strong voice and so simple in its concept yet so rich, demonstrates this perfectly.  Amy shows a confident, quiet certainty in the world she has created here and combined with vivid characters, a beautiful but flawed landscape and an exciting plot, her third novel is a book which whisks the reader away on a tide of adventure.  

Snowglobe tells the story of daydreamer Clementine who has been trying to avoid her magic for a while but it has been getting stronger, and harder to ignore.  Whilst at school, she loses control of it and realises she can escape it no longer.  When she is drawn to a mysterious house in the middle of town that was never there before, she is pulled in by the powerful sense of a mother she never knew.  Once inside, she finds the place is full of hanging snowglobes, each one shaken, churned up and containing a trapped magician, each one lost in time. 

So Clementine ventures into the snowglobes in an attempt to release all the magicians from their glassy domes.  In the process, she discovers her own powerful connection to the magic of these miniature worlds and, unknowingly, she unleashes a struggle for power that will put, not only her own family, but the future of magic itself in grave danger. 

Snowglobe is suitable for readers age 9+ and is available to buy now from and all good book retailers £6.99.


Sunday, 14 October 2018

The Mothers Manual by Liu Yang

It’s something that confuses most soon-to-be parents – how on earth are they going to be able to bring up their new bundle of joy without some kind of manual? Well, worry no more, because one UK healthcare practitioner, parent coach has written a guide that answers every question and challenge parents could possibly face.

‘The Mother’s Manual: Your Kids Won’t Be Delivered With A Manual, Here is Your Copy’ is the new Bible for parents of children up to five years old. In short, parenting no longer has to be a puzzle!

The Mother’s Manual is a practical handbook on parenting children from birth to five years old. It provides easy-to-apply tips and practical tools and strategies that parents can adapt in their daily life to deal with some of the most common issues that crop up in those early critical years. The author draws on her 20 years’ experience as a healthcare practitioner, as well as on the latest research in child psychology and neuroscience on the understanding of children’s brainwave patterns and how this affects their behaviour. She explains in an easy to understand way children’s development at each stage to help parents better communicate with their children. After reading The Mother’s Manual, parents will be able to understand and experiment with more effective alternatives to time-outs on the naughty step and feel less frustrated themselves by instead using simple and direct suggestions that create miraculous changes in their children’s behaviour. Raising happy and confident children should be an enjoyable part of the parenting process, but sometimes being a parent can be stressful and bring up all sorts of emotions, especially for parents who didn’t have the upbringing they would have liked. The book talks parents through these difficult emotions and provides strategies for dealing with them, so that they can create the happy, relaxed family life.  Everyone knows that a job is easy to do once you have discovered the secrets to how. The Mother’s Manual serves as a go-to reference book with simple strategies and easy-to-follow explanations of children’s developmental stages to guide parents through the daily challenges effectively to create the family life they desire.

The Mothers Manual is available to buy on Amazon


Thursday, 20 September 2018

This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

This is an absolute brilliant book I couldn't put it down. Insightful and hilariously funny, Adam Kay describes his life as a Junior Doctor with no holds barred. The book shines a light on the superb and sometimes damn right bizarre cases that the NHS staff take on daily, it also shows the high personal cost that practising medicine involves for a Junior Doctor. 

Adam has portrayed his time with the NHS in a heartbreakingly, funny but truthful way and thanks to this brutally honest memoir I can no longer think of the much loved children's puppet Sooty in the same light.
( Full disclosure I snort laughed so hard reading this part) 

 This Is Going To Hurt is a book that is accessible to everyone you do not need an understanding of medicine as Kay has included some (at times) hilarious footnotes to describe the medical procedures/terminology used.

The highs and the lows of working within the NHS with the uphill battle to provide an outstanding service with limited funds are all covered. The next time someone moans to me about the NHS I'm going to hand them this book and tell them to come see me in a week once they've read it. 

This Is Going To Hurt is available to buy now on and from all good bookshops 

Written by @sugarmousemama


Tuesday, 28 August 2018

She's Not Good For a Girl, She's Just Good! By Suzanne Hemming

This is a wonderfully written rhyming book that challenges equality between the sexes like no other. Smart and full of charm this book has an important message that we should all learn from an early age.

This award winning book tells the story of Florence and Frank. Frank likes to think that girls can't throw or run in fact he thinks girls are a bit rubbish at sport (well that's what his Dad says). So  Florence challenges him, his preconceptions, and in the process, her own!

I absolutely adore this book. It makes such a refreshing change from the princess or fairytale themed books that I'm sure most households like mine are tired of. The illustrations compliment the story perfectly and I particularly liked that the illustrations represent children from many diverse backgrounds.

This book aims to inspire both girls and boys to believe that gender does not determine their choices and aspirations in life.

She's Not Good For a Girl, She's Just Good is available to buy now

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Reviewed by @sugarmousemama


Dummy - The comedy and chaos of real-life parenting - Matt Coyne

A hilariously honest, and incredibly accurate account of parenthood, particularly the first year of your first baby.

The book is cleverly broken down into chapters that explicitly describe the various areas of your life that a new baby will wreak havoc with, and as every new parent will understand, there is no coincidence that the second chapter is about SLEEP!!

Reading this book is like reading your own diary of those horrifyingly overwhelming first few months (if you had been able to see straight enough to write one).

The worry, the tired wars, the judgements, the 6 million pieces of conflicting advice, the old ladies, the colossal amount of nappies, the baby groups, the equipment required for such a small human, the milestones and of course the love.

What I found most appealing about this book though is that it is a different perspective. Without meaning to sound sexist or gender bias, when it comes to talking about parenthood, Men can sometimes take a backseat. It’s so refreshing to read such an honest account, from a Dad’s perspective, and it is absolutely one that each and every father will relate to.

Sod the parenting books, this is the only book you need to read, to help you feel a little less alone in the absolute shitstorm that is your first baby!

Reviewed by Laura @mum_bore

To purchase click here.


Wednesday, 22 August 2018

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

At 32 years of age (and feeling every year of it) I probably shouldn’t be reading young adult fiction, but I absolutely had to buy The Sun is Also a Star after reading Nicola Yoon’s amazing debut novel, ‘Everything, Everything’. 

Whilst the premise of this book might initially appear ‘boy meets girl’, there is more style and substance to it than many of the adult fiction novels I have read recently. Natasha is about to be deported (this isn’t a spoiler!) and meets Daniel, who’s life is at a turning point. One believes this is fate, the other doesn’t. 

Yoon has a real knack for writing characters that are relatable and likeable. Some young adult fiction can have very cliched teenage characters - even annoying to an extent. But Yoon gives them depth and a real purpose in what they are saying and thinking. Daniel is the boy you want to date if you’re 17, or who want your son to turn into if you’re 32! 

This book tackles issues of race, immigration and the complexities of family life, but it’s also about science, hope, love and taking chances. It perfectly captures those feelings of first love - of when you think everything happens for a reason, even if you don’t know what that reason is. It’s a book that makes you think. It teaches you things and encourages you to think about issues from another point of view. 

You might think that you’re too old for young adult fiction, but you’re never to old to learn new things and remember those feelings of first love.

Written by @littlewattsits

The sun is also a star is available to buy from Amazon and all good bookshops


Thursday, 5 July 2018

A Cat Called Cat by Lynda Franklin

Cat may look just an adorable little Tabby, but don't be misled by his appearance. For Cat is a witch's cat with attitude. One Halloween Cat falls from his mistress's broomstick and lands in Annie and Sam's Back garden. As a witch cannot return to the same place until the following Halloween. Cat knows he must stay with the children until he can be rescued.

My boys absolutely love this book it is full of magic, wit, humour and mischief. Cat is a very superior cat and my boys have fallen in love with him. So much so that they are now paying great interest to the cats that come into our garden. I suspect they are hoping to find a witches' cat too!

This is a great book that really captures children's imagination. When I first received the book I was expecting it to be a picture book with a few sentences on each page. This was not the case at all it is a short chapter book containing 8 chapters and 10 illustrations so it is perfect for older primary age children as well as infant children too.

The book is A5 in size and printed on good quality stock paper, The illustrations accompany the story perfectly. I would highly recommend this book it is a firm favourite in our household and I suspect I shall be buying a few copies for my friends children too.

A Cat Called Cat is available to buy on Amazon



The War Nurses By Lizzie Page

The War Nurses is a stunning and inspirational book inspired by two real life incredible ladies.

This is a story of how Elsie a single mother and a young woman Mhairi come together to be nurses to the Soldiers at the war front. The two nurses sacrifice everything for the Soldiers by choosing to set up a makeshift hospital in an old empty house which is situated on top of the front line.

The two nurses face a lot of harrowing trials and tribulations along the way including a man that threatens to come between them. The author does certainly not hold back when it comes to the realistic graphic detail of what happens to the men on the front line and how Elsie and Mhairi cared for them. I must admit  at times I found it difficult to read and I did share a tear or two.

I absolutely loved the strong female characters of this book. I found I was able to connect and identify with the characters easily as the author has captured the two ladies different personalities with ease.

I so enjoyed reading this book of sisterhood, selflessness, love and courage it had me gripped!

The War Nurses is available to buy from Amazon



Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Bill The Jungle Octopus By Angela Pink

This has to be hands down the quirkiest kids book that my boys and I have read together.

The book has a wonderful rhyming style that grabs the attention and compliments the story perfectly. The story of how Bill came to live in the jungle had my six year old giggling with laughter and how Bill saves the day at the end is just brilliant.

The illustrations compliment the story perfectly with younger readers being able to follow the story with ease.

My children and I loved this book for its originality. It is a fun and enjoyable book that I'm sure children will request time and time again.

Bill The Jungle Ocotopus is available to buy now from and


Ten Year Old Boy with Autism becomes one of the UK's youngest published Authors with his book : There's A Boy Just Like Me


Frasier Cox from Brighton is winner of Book People’s second Bedtime Story Competition and becomes one of the youngest published British authorsWinning book, ‘There’s a Boy Just Like Me’, available to buy exclusively from on 18th June with proceeds from the sale of each book raising funds for Save the Children

Brighton schoolboy, Frasier Cox has become one of the UK’s youngest published authors after winning a nationwide competition by leading bookseller Book People. Book People’s Bedtime Story competition set out to find the UK’s next budding author by challenging children aged between five and 11 to create a picture book on the theme of friendship.

Frasier’s winning story ‘There’s a Boy Just Like Me’ was selected from more than 1,300 entries into the nationwide competition.

The judging panel that selected Frasier’s entry was led by Head Judge Claudia Winkleman and also featured author and DJ Christian O’Connell, leading children’s illustrator, Alison Brown and representatives from Book People and Little Tiger. At a surprise lunch for the competition’s three finalists in London, Frasier was presented with an exclusive drawing of ‘There’s a Boy Just Like Me’ by Alison Brown before Claudia Winkleman revealed him as the overall winner of Book People’s Bedtime Story Competition.

Ten-year-old Frasier, who has autism, centred his entry around a hypothetical friendship with a boy who is just like him and has the same interests and childhood hopes, however the boy in question is a refugee.

As part of the prize, Frasier was given the opportunity to work with editors and designers at independent children’s publisher Little Tiger and was paired with illustrator Alison Brown, whose designs brought Frasier’s characters to life. The book is published by Little Tiger and will be sold exclusively at, with proceeds from the sale of each book raising funds for Save the Children.

Head Judge Claudia Winkelman said: “I was blown away by the standard of the stories and writing from all the entries into Book People’s Bedtime Story Competition. Frasier’s story is incredibly touching and thought provoking and it’s absolutely remarkable a 10-year-old boy has written such a thoughtful story.”

Sarah Walden, Group Buying and Merchandising Director and competition judge, said: “I was extremely impressed at the quality of the writing and imagination shown in last year’s Bedtime Story competition. However, Frasier’s story stood out from among the crowd. ‘There’s a Boy Just Like Me’ contains an incredibly considerate message which really struck a chord with me.”

Winning author, Frasier Cox said: “I’m really pleased and very excited to have won The Bedtime Story Competition and can’t wait to see the final version of my story once it’s been made into a book. I love reading and writing stories and to know that my book will be read by children all over the country and help raise funds for the charity I chose, Save The Children, makes me very proud.” 

Helen D'Oyley, Partnerships and Philanthropy Director at Save the Children said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Book People on the release of Frasier’s fantastic book, which sensitively raises awareness for other children, the plight of refugee children around the world.  All the money raised from the sale of the book will be used to help the most vulnerable children in the greatest need.  Save the Children fights for children every single day, so they can realise their potential and make their mark on the world, just like Frasier has done with his remarkable story.”

‘There’s a Boy Just Like Me’ will be available to buy from on June 18, visit to purchase Frasier’s brilliant book.


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The Magical Rainbow Bus of Fun by Ross Baker

The Magical Rainbow Bus of Fun is an absolute delight for Primary age readers. The story follows the children that ride the bus as they explore the 10 floors inside. Each floor of the bus has a magical theme such as Candy, Safari, Pirate and Space to name a few. 

My son was totally engaged with the rhyming text and enjoyed shouting out the repeated phrase 
'Onwards and upwards to the next floor, To see what surprises lie in store!

The book has a maximum of 4 sentence's per page so it would be a good book for early readers who are interested in trying to read by themselves. 

The illustrations are wonderful, really colourful as you'd expect with lots of attention to detail. Each page has a lot of things for the younger reader to look at and point out. The book is printed on high quality thick paper which would be suitable for children who like turning the page! 

The Magical Rainbow Bus of Fun would be a charming addition to any child's book collection. 

This book is available to buy for £5.99 from Amazon Uk and Groovy Baby shop leigh On Sea Essex 


Friday, 11 May 2018

Happily Never After by Emma Robinson Available to Pre-Order now

A hilarious, romantic love story about mothers, daughters and how on earth to find Prince Charming, for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes and The Gilmore Girls.

Rory closed her eyes. Think with your head. Your heart can’t be trusted. Life is not a fairytale…

Rory doesn’t believe in love. She’s got far too many real problems to deal with.

She’s just bought a tumbledown house. Her mother is generally behaving like a wicked witch, insisting on calling her Aurora, and generally interfering in her (admittedly pitiful lack of) love life. And her 16-year-old daughter has finally grown out of Disney princesses and discovered dating…

But Rory’s adamant that she doesn’t need saving. In fact, the only thing she’s wishing on a star for is a bit of practical help. However, when she meets a builder whose name is John Prince and who seems to be in the habit of rescuing her (right down to finding her lost shoe one evening) she might have to face a truth as uncomfortable as hobbling home barefoot – that maybe there’s something enchanted in the air.

Her mother, daughter and friends are convinced her prince has come, but Rory just wishes everyone could let it go. Especially when she hears a story that makes her question whether he is really the hero everyone thinks he is…

Publication Day - July 10th
Available to pre-order on Amazon now


Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The Undercover Mother By Emma Robinson

I have been following Emma on Social Media for ages so I was really looking forward to reading her first published book. Emma has a Facebook page called Motherhood For Slackers and writes witty anecdotes about the things her children say in addition to beautiful funny poems about motherhood.

The Undercover Mother follows the story of new mum Jenny who thinks having a baby will be a walk in the park. Jenny is about to start maternity leave from writing her 'Girl About Town' column in which she writes about nights out and her drunken escapades. However, disaster strikes when her boss decides to give her column to a younger colleague.

To save her job, Jenny comes up with the idea of writing a column about motherhood. All she needs to do is to sell this idea to her boss, so to convince her she offers to write a blog because ''she'll have loads of time on her hands'' to prove it will be a big hit. Will tales of baby groups, poop and spit up be enough?

Jenny's first assignment is attending antenatal classes. Here she meets four women from different backgrounds all with very different ideas on motherhood. These friends become part of her Spice Mum crew complete with the code names Posh, Scary, Sporty, Ginger and Jenny! I was absolutely touched by the trials and tribulations these ladies endure whilst at other times I was howling with laughter.

This book is a warts and all version of motherhood - nothing is sacred. I was laughing all the way through it. Emma captures all the thoughts, worries, relationships and friendships that come with having a new baby perfectly.

I'd highly recommend this absolute gem of a book to anyone who fancies a really good belly laugh.

The Undercover Mother is available to buy on Amazon for £1.99 for the Kindle Edition or £7.99 for the paperback.

Written by @sugarmousemama


Friday, 16 March 2018

The Magical Adventures of Minnie & Maxie Moo in London by Leanne & Paul Matthews

Written and self published by Husband and Wife team Leanne and Paul Matthews. Minnie and Maxie Moo takes children on a magical adventure with the help of the wise old Owl and the fantastic Magic Rainbow Tree.

The original idea for the book came about when the couple were out eating lunch with their children. Scribbling all the ideas on the back of a children's menu Minnie and Maxie Moo were born.

The book is aimed at the younger reader with lovely bright eye catching illustrations, each page has a lot for children to look at and pick out. The text is large enough that early readers would be able to sound out some of the words and 'help' the adult to read the book.

The story is absolutely charming with a clever educational element. I particularly loved the quiz at the back which enables the child to talk about some of the elements of the book  and the facts about London  is a lovely touch for the older reader.

The Magical Adventures of Minnie & Maxie Moo in London is available to buy here

Facebook - Minnie and Maxie Moo
Instagram - @minnieandmaxiemoo


The Wild Other by Clover Stroud- Book Promotion

At the age of sixteen, Clover Stroud's mother had a catastrophic riding accident, and Clovers incredibly happy family life fell apart.

In her unique emotionally raw prose, Clover Stroud writes about her search for somewhere new she can call home. The journey takes her far and wild until a most extraordinary conclusion that is both explosive as well as deeply thought- provoking.

This achingly brilliant memoir is like ‘H is for Hawk’ crossed with Cheryl Strayed's ‘Wild’. Clover gallops across Englands idyllic Cotsworlds to boomtown Dublin and the traveller rave scene of Ireland in the 2000s, across the plains of Texas where she overcomes local suspicions to become a well-respected cowgirl. Then finally she travels to the war - torn South Caucasus of Russia.

There is a pattern; Clover is attracted to danger to the point of self- destruction. In this we see something of ourselves, something that's terrifying yet totally vital. It is the pulse of danger and life that enables clover to handle marriage and kids in difficult circumstances with an alcoholic. It is something that Clover finds truest with a powerful racehorse beneath her, on the gallops, with the sound of hooves and wind in her hair.

This book is lyrical, shocking and sexy, travelling deep into the crime of childhood tragedy, a crime is solved in an uplifting story of love and survival.

The Wild Other is available to buy online and from all good Bookshops
Instagram @clover.stroud


Monday, 5 March 2018

Book Promotion - Breaking Mum and Dad : The Insider's Guide To Parenting Anxiety by Anna Williamson

Breaking Mum and Dad is a helpful, often humorous, and always honest guide, offering advice to help all new mums and dads cope with and conquer anxiety, stress and low mood in those overwhelming fledgling parent days.

With more than 1 in 10 new parents experiencing post-natal depression and anxiety, and after suffering the traumatic birth of her son and being diagnosed with postnatal anxiety and birth trauma, Anna Williamson uncovers the real thoughts, feelings and behaviours that many of us experience in the first few weeks and months after becoming a parent.

From 'I'm struggling to love my baby to 'I miss my old life' and 'will I ever feel like ''me'' again? to 'I'm anxious about having sex' this book will help new parents cope with the often taboo topics that we ALL encounter.

A therapist in your pocket, meaning you don't have to face one of life's most momentous experiences alone, or fear being judged for the weird and often irrational thoughts that plague our frazzled minds. Mental heath for new mums (and dads) is a big thing and its time we stopped suffering in silence.

It takes time to adjust to the new identity and role, whether its making new friends, coping with changing relationships , breast and bottle feeding anxiety, gong back to work worries or the whole shift of being a new parent poses mentally.

Offering friendly advice and practical coping techniques and tips, Breaking Mum and Dad is a little pocket guide of empathy, sympathy and above all hope.

Breaking Mum and Dad is available to buy from - 8th March 2018

About the Author

Anna Williamson is a TV presenter, radio broadcaster, life coach, counsellor, Master NLP practitioner and author of the bestselling book Breaking Mad. she lives in rural Hertfordshire with her husband and young son. Anna is also an ambassador for Mind, Childline and The Princes Trust.


Book Promotion - From Mother to Daughter by Katie Piper

An inspiring and empowering book on raising a daughter in the modern world written by Katie Piper, with extracts from her mum, Diane's diary just after her attack.

This is a story of motherhood, what you learn as a mother, the things you would tell your daughter and most of all its Katie and Diane Pipers celebration of the incredible power of mother- daughter relationships. it also gives the readers the first and only chance to read Diane's private diary entries penned in the toughest times of their relationship post Katie's attack in 2008.

From Mother to Daughter is out to buy now.

About the Author
Katie's an inspirational speaker, charity campaigner and TV presenter, In 2008 Katie suffered a brutal rape and acid attack that left her burned and facially disfigured. Katie's moving, BAFTA -nominated Channel 4 documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face was watched by 3.5 Million viewers and shown in more than 15 Countries. Katie has founded her own charity, The Katie Piper Foundation, to help people living with burns and scars and has received numerous awards and accolades for her charity work.


Saturday, 24 February 2018

Baby Boom by Helen Wallen

Award winning Blogger  'Just a Normal Mummy' has smashed it with her debut novel.
I have really been looking forward to reading this as I'm a big fan of Helens blog and my gosh it didn't disappoint I laughed my way through it in a matter of days.

Baby Boom is a lovely story about life, parenthood and relationships, based on the lives of three best friends and the start of their journey into motherhood. Warm, funny and very realistic I loved all the characters I'm not ashamed to admit I did a few embarrassing snorts of laughter in the coffee shop while reading this.

My favourite part of the book was the WhatsApp conversations between the three friends, they are so true to life and reminded me of the kind of conversations I have with my friends they were so funny. Another nice little touch is the illustrations on the corner of each page which makes the book like the flick books I used to make at senior school. Its this little extra attention to detail and  touches that make the book seem personal and special.

The book is so well written and manages to reflect what we all feel at the start of pregnancy and beyond perfectly. Its a light easy read that all us exhausted mums will appreciate because at the end of the day reading about a group of friends discussing Fannies on WhatsApp is bloody hilarious!

Baby Boom is available to buy from Amazon or all good bookshops.

The Author is also on
Facebook - Just a Normal Mummy
Instagram - @Wallymummy
Twitter- @JustANormalMummy

Written By @sugarmousemama


Thursday, 8 February 2018

Filter Free by Lauren Derrett

In all the books I have read I have never found anything as powerful, honest and inspiring as this book. 

Filter Free is a collection of stories by different women that touches on a wide range of issues and taboos that woman face in todays society and shatters the myth that anyone is 'Filter Perfect'. 

In an age of social media obsession this book brings welcome relief. It is raw and honest and lifts the rose tinted glasses off the readers eyes. 

Depression, Relationships, Domestic Violence, Childhood Abuse, Motherhood and so much more are covered. 

This book really closes the gap between what we see and what really goes on behind closed doors.
I really loved that the book gave women a platform to speak out. Id like to think that the book would give readers courage to also speak out or even just to realise that they are not alone with their struggles. 

The story that I most related to was the story of My post baby body. I wanted to punch the air!!!! Finally a story that doesn't come with a weight loss message or ways to try and trim up that mum- tum. It was so positive and made me laugh I definitely intend to embrace my mum-tum! 

Whatever your experiences in life this book will challenge the way you see people and make you realise that you are enough. 

Filter Free is available to buy here

The Author is also on Instagram @this_girl_is_enough
Written by @sugarmousemama


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Scoop Childrens Magazine

As any parent will tell you the struggle to keep my kids interested in reading is real. Reading for kids can all to often be seen as homework or a chore to get through quickly so they can go off and do other things. Its not too often that I have found my two children will read for pleasure.

So when my eldest received Scoop magazine for Christmas I will admit I was sceptical. I have tried the magazines from the Supermarkets you know the ones with the 'free' gift attached which usually ends up in the bin by the end of the because it breaks within seconds. These types of magazines are usually discarded so quickly as they cannot hold my eldests attention and he complains that they are all the same.

Well Scoop magazine has changed all of that each issue contains short stories, non fiction, poetry, comics, jokes, interviews and reviews not to mention the abundance of activities and quizzes.

In each monthly issue the magazine explores new topics such a Space, Nature, History, Art, Crime in fact no topic that will get young minds buzzing is left unexplored.

We are now at the end of January and our copy of Scoop Magazine has received a lot of attention . He has enjoyed filling in the activities and I currently have some competition entries on my desk that he wants me to send off for him. I have also often found him reading the short stores to his younger brother at bedtime or discussing an article with his dad at the dinner table.

Scoop magazine has made reading in my house fun again and I cannot give it bigger praise than that.

Scoop is recommended for boys and girls age 8 - 12 yrs
Scoop magazine is available to buy here

Written by @sugarmousemama


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

A Blind Date with a Book

Don't Judge a book by its cover!

Easier said than done right? I am a sucker for a witty title and a bright front cover, like a magpie drawn to shiny things these are the books that will grab my attention in any bookstore. 

So I decided to let @ablinddatewithabook choose a book for me based on a few intriguing clues alluding to the book inside the brown paper wrapping. 

So I will be honest as you can imagine I read ALOT of books so I was a little worried that I may have already read the book before I unwrapped it. However I needn't have worried Blind date with a book had me covered they pick books that readers may have missed by great authors or other great books that perhaps did not receive the publicity that they deserved. 

So what was under that brown paper wrapping and more importantly did I like it? 

Drum Roll...... ROOM by Emma Donoghue 

What a book I read the whole thing in 2 days I couldn't put it down! 

The book is written from the perspective of five year old Jack who is being held hostage in a room with his Ma by Old Nick. Jack was born and raised in this room and knows nothing of the outside world. 

So when Ma finds out that old Nick has lost his job and the house will be lost to foreclosure she knows that old Nick will kill them both before setting them free. What will she do?

This book had me gripped.  At first I found it difficult to follow the voice of five year old Jack as the flow in which he speaks could be haphazard and not completely fluid but once I had hit chapter two this was no longer an issue. The book is very intense and dark in places but I found it a charming, life-affirming and uplifting read. 

This book has stayed in my thoughts long after I turned the last page.  

You can buy A blind date with a book from or in any Waitrose Store

written by @sugarmousemama


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Swimming Underwater By Tatterhood

Swimming Underwater is a collection of poems written by Joanna a mum of one. Joanna started writing  poems while she was up in the night caring for her young son.

This is an absolutely beautiful books which captures the feelings of early motherhood and beyond perfectly. The  sense and space of the time in which they were written leapt out at me you can almost feel the raw emotion. The poems are very touching and I'm not ashamed to admit the book did make me shed a tear or two. 

The early days of motherhood, housework priorities, toddler tantrums, finishing maternity leave and the elusive mums night out have all been covered with wonderfully written and sometimes witty rhyme. 

My favourite Poem from the collection has to be  Thanks for stopping by. Which  is about unwanted guests and unsolicited advice. It made me laugh out loud in recognition and I do enjoy a poem which manages to finish with ''Hey! Fuck You!''

Swimming Underwater is available to buy here

Tatterhood is also on Instagram do go follow her she is awesome @tatterhood_

written by @sugarmousemama


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

If I had a Dinosaur by Gabby Dawnay and Alex Burrow

Book review by @littlefolktales

If I had a dinosaur by Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow

A little girl dreams of having a pet, but none of the popular ones like dogs, or cats, or mice or hamsters seem quite right for her. But what if she could have her very own pet dinosaur?!

From fitting a dinosaur flap, to taking it to school to learn the alphabet, to the food it will need…there seems to be only one downside, and this is the bit your Littlefolk will probably love the most…as you turn the page to reveal the giant dinosaur pooh!

This is a glorious celebration of childhood imagination and creativity, as the little girls dinosaur toy becomes her pet.  The rhyming text is fun and humorous which makes it a lovely bed time read, and it is refreshing to see a girl at the centre of a story about dinosaurs

The illustrations by Barrow are simple and diverse in their representation of race and culture.  The big green dinosaur is a striking and memorable image throughout the book, and is sure to stick in the minds of LittleFolk as they drift off to sleep to dream about having their own dinosaur.

Sure to be a firm favourite with dinosaur lovers, and of course those obsessed with pooh!  

We recommend it for Littlefolk aged 2-5.

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