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Book review – Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere

9780141502397A monster of a tale with a very funny ending….  A monster is out looking for a tasty bedtime snack – the problem is it happens to be you!

As he comes closer, you can hear his tummy rumbling louder and louder. Is he really going to eat you up?
Scary at first, with increasing suspense, the quirky illustrations and onomatopoeia make this book an interactive and ultimately fun shared read.

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Book review – Little Red Riding Hood by Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker

 9780333962176 A lively, up to date retelling of an old favourite with lift the flap excitement (what really WAS in the basket for Granny?) on each page to encourage independent, interactive reading. 

All set in a simple rhyme, which encourages early phonics awareness and repetition. Lovely, clear, colourful illustrations make this book eye-catching and easy to talk about with your child.

If you like this one, ask at your library for the others in the series.

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Book review – The Smartest Giant in Town, by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler


smartestA gentle, heart-warming story about a scruffy giant who tries hard to smarten himself up, proving in the end that what is important is on the inside, and that is what true friends really care about.

Lovely illustrations with lots of expressive, secondary characters to discuss and an emphasis on phonics and rhyme.

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Book review – Tadpole’s Promise, by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross

510GxJe5x6L__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_Tadpole and caterpillar fall in love, and caterpillar loves him completely. “Promise that you will never change,” she says. But time passes, first his back legs grow and then his front legs. But where has his beautiful rainbow friend gone?

Learn about the lifecycles of a tadpole and a caterpillar and a little about the food chain in this award winning picture book.

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Book review – If you’re happy and you know it by Anna McQuinn & Sophie Fatus

61bk7jK39RL__SL500_AA300_You may think you already know it(!) but Barefoot books brings this popular action song to life in delightfully diverse fashion.

Children from all over the world are brought together to clap, stamp, pat and say hello in a multitude of different languages.

The accompanying CD has a sung and instrumental version with a folksy mandolin style so much nicer than a lot of the saccharine music supplied for this age range. Check out the animated version on YouTube!

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Christmas Book review – Father Christmas needs a wee by Nicholas Allan

fatherFather Christmas drinks and eats all the goodies left out for him. Before long, though, he really needs a wee.  Find out what happens, if you dare, in this chuckle-provoking counting book from the talented author/illustrator.

Topical, funny and really quite logical!

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Christmas book review – Dear Santa by Rod Campbell

A Christmas letter to Santa begins this story, but no  present is quite right!  What shall Santa do? Lift the flaps to unwrap each present and find out what Santa chooses as the perfect present in the end!


This is an interactive story with colourful images and a topical theme, by a very popular children’s writer.

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