Yeti and the Bird is a new book written and illustrated by Nadia Shireen and published by Random House. I have been looking forward to this book as I really liked the look of it as soon as I saw it.
Yeti and the Bird is a beautifully illustrated story about an unlikely friendship between a big scary Yeti, and a little bird, and how this saved the Yeti from his life of loneliness.
It’s a simple story, suitable for children of around 2-5 years (all of mine enjoyed it, age 5, 3 and 2). There are only a few sentences per page so it is not too hard to keep the younger children’s interest. The story was very engaging with lots of sound effects like Groooo from the yeti and sqwalking from the bird, so it lends it self well to being read aloud to children.
The illustrations are lovely with lots of detail, lots of great scenery shown with woodlands, mountains and sunsets and lots of cute animals too!
The characters are great and the little bird shows that there was no need for anyone to be afraid of the Yeti – a reminder not just to judge on first impressions, and to give people a chance. The story shows how a small and totally unexpected event ending up turning around everything for the lonely Yeti!
This book is out on the 7th November but is already available for pre-order from Amazon. It’s a lovely book and a great addition to any young childs library.
This is the 3rd book from Nadia Shireen. The first two are Good Little Wolf and Hey, Presto! We haven’t read either of those yet, so will have to look out for them!
Rastamouse and Da Micespace Mystery is the new book out from our favourite Rasta character – Rastamouse!
My boys have enjoyed Rastamouse on Cbeebies since it first started a couple of years ago. It’s always good to have books featuring some of their well loved characters from TV so we were keen to get reading when Rastamouse and Da Micespace Mystery arrived from Pan Macmillan Publishers.
Rastamouse and Da Micespace Mystery is a picture book with a quite detailed story all about Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew helping out the President with another crime. All of the mouseland millions have gone missing and an email comes through from “Mi$ter [email protected]$h” saying he has taken all the money, so Da Easy Crew get ready to investigate!
The book is all written in the same style which Rastamouse speaks on the show, in a strong Jamaican accent. It is also all on rhyme, so it is quite lyrical and rhythmic to read. For example:
“Mi have to confess” says the shame faced mouse.
Mi did take ‘way all dat cash.
Mi needed to upgrade me gadget and ting.
What can I say? Me is Mr Flash!”
Mr Z actually asked me to read it in a bit more of a normal accent as he was not to impressed with my Rastamouse impression! I may need to work on this 😉
The story is quite long and for the younger ones, it is hard for them to follow all the way through. I think although it is a preschool character, the stories are good for age 3.5+ rather than younger toddlers, as it does go quite in depth. It is an entertaining story and stays very true to the style of the TV show.
In the end, Rastamouse and his friends manage to track down the crook by finding his Micespace account and then cunningly befriending him so they can find out who he is! I liked the Micespace joke as I do remember Myspace from my teenage years although the boys are not familiar with it.
Overall the boys really enjoyed the book, even Mr R being too young to concentrate for the whole story at 2 years was very keen to point at the pictures. I can see this book being read many more times and is a great entertaining story for little fans of Rastamouse!
This new Rastamouse book will be having a launch today at Brent Civic Centre – see here for more details.
The boys and I always love having the chance to review new books,and I’m really glad we had the chance to read and share with you all about the new Anagranimals book – The Anagranimals and The Wishing Tree. If you would like the chance to win a copy for your own family, then have a look at the end of the post I have two signed first edition copies for readers to win.
This is a great new book featuring brand new characters the Anagranimals. They are a gang of six wild animals – George the Giraffe, Pedro the Pig, Heidi the Hippo, Rocky the Rhino, Ebenezer the Elephant and Lancelot the Lion – who live in Pogo Bogo. This book tells the story of how these every day animals transformed into the Anagranimals after their encounter with the wishing tree. After this they get the ability to swap body parts and become a mix and match of different creatures, allowing them to take the best qualities from all the animals they admire. Rocky the Rhino loves flying with his new wings and Pedro thought it was great to bounce on his new Kangeroo feet!
The book is recommended for ages 5-9 due to having a more in depth and dense text than many other picture books, but Mr Z (5) and Mr T (3) both enjoyed this story. At first look at the cover, Mr Z wasn’t quite sure about it but after reading the story he really loved it. I think he was initially bit confused by the look of the animals, so was a bit wary but once we started reading and the explanation was given in the story he was fine with that!
It is very well written and gripping, with lots of details. Once Mr Z understood the concept of the Wishing Tree allowing them to swap he was really enjoying laughing at the different parts on each animal and noticing who had swapped with who.
You can see here one of the pages, it does have a lot of text compared to a lot of other picture books,which allows more room for the story to develop and there are 32 pages. It is still definitely short enough to read for a bed time story.
The end of the book ends with a bit of suspense about what is going to happen in the next part of their journey, to go to find and help the weeping willow tree – so now we are all waiting for the next installment to come out!
There will also hopefully be Anagranimals toys coming out such as a range of interchangeable cuddly toys, which sounds really cool! I am hoping to see a lot more of the Anagranimals series around in future, as it’s a really fun and different concept here and it has been really well done in the book. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for them.
The website www.anagranimals.com is still under construction but hopefully will have loads more info soon.
Now for the giveaway! For your chance to win one of two signed first edition copies of this great new book, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.
New giveaway for a great book we have just reviewed. This would be a lovely addition to any child’s bookcase!
Earlier this week, I posted our review of Pirates Don’t Play cricket – A great book from My Little Big Town! It’s a really fun book which Mr Z and Mr T both really enjoyed. You can read our full review here. If you fancy a copy for your own family, then you are in luck because the publishers have offered me not just one but two copies to give away to lucky readers! Just enter via the rafflecopter below.
Wake Up Do, Lydia Lou! is a new book from Julia Donaldson. Like many households with young children, Julia Donaldson is a firm favourite in our home so whenever she has a new book out, we are always eager to read it!
This book is all about a little girl Lydia Lou, who is fast asleep when a ghost comes along and makes it his mission to wake her up. He finds it hard so one by one he enlists the help of other animals and characters and they all make their noises to see if they can wake her up.
I felt this book is aimed at slightly younger than some of Julia Donaldson’s other recent story books (for example The Highway Rat or The Singing Mermaid.) It is quite simple and with lots of repetition so it was best for my younger children (almost 2 years, and 3.5 years.)
It includes loads of animal noises and rhyming, so is great for getting the little ones involved and joining in. Different fonts and sizes are used for these words to help make them stand out on the page.
The illustrations are by Karen George and they are really appealing and nicely done, with lots of colour and texture. I love Lydia Lou’s curly hair!
Overall, it is another lovely book to add to Julia Donaldson’s collection. It is perfect for age around 2-4 years old and makes a great bedtime story.
Orion Books recently sent us a lovely picture book: Nanny Fox by Georgie Adams and Selina Young.
Nanny Fox is all about Arnold the Fox who unlike the rest of his community, loved chickens as friends not as food!
It’s a lovely book about friendship and how Arnold and the chicks forged a great relationship despite foxes and chicks normally being foes! It’s a positive message for children about not judging people by first impressions and giving them a chance. The chickens could very well have sent Arnold packing but instead they gave him a chance and they ended up forming a great bond! It also shows how Arnold was not afraid to stand up and be different from the rest of his family, by sticking to what he believed in rather than just following the pack and munching down all the chicks.
The illustrations are colourful with lots of character and expression and are very appealing and the way the text is written is also really good with lots of humour. It kept my 3 and 5 year olds entertained throughout. My 5 year old really enjoyed the bit where all of Arnold’s family start talking about how delicious they find eating all the chicks, and all the different comments his family members made.
This is a great story book to add to any young child’s collection and I could see it being really popular with most preschoolers
As members of the Little Tiger Parents Panel we are sometimes sent books to review. This is another we were sent recently:
Dirty Bertie is a picture book for children around 3-5 years old. I had heard of this character before, but thought it was for slightly older children. When I looked on the Little Tiger website, I realised there are also chapter books of Dirtie Bertie, so if the children enjoy this then they can stick with the character as they get older.
First thing I have to point out with this book, as you can probably tell from the cover – It is pretty gross. It focuses on dirty habits, and all those yucky and gross things that young children sometimes seem to find so hilarious. It is all about Bertie, a little boy with so many bad habits. He eats food off the floor, picks his nose, wees on the flower beds, plays with worms, and many more. Eventually he learns to stop most of his habits, but he still keeps the final bad habit of picking his nose.
Personally, these are not all topics which I like reading about. I am a bit squeamish and I don’t think I would have bought this book for my son myself BUT he did really enjoy it and find it funny. He had a look at the back of the book at the other available books shown, and spotted the other Dirty Bertie book for the same age group – “Pooh! Is that you, Bertie” and said he would also like to read that one. So from my 4 year old’s perspective, it’s a funny and enjoyable book. He does tend to really like stories about people being bad or doing naughty things, as he finds that really funny. There is repetition throughout the book with a catchphrase of “No Bertie! That’s dirty, Bertie!” which children can quickly pick up and learn to anticipate throughout the book.
As members of the Little Tiger Press parents panel, we are sometimes sent books to review. My children love reading new books, so they are always excited to see what we get.
The first book we got this month was:
Follow Me on the Farm (count with me)
This is an A4 size book with pull out sections on each page. It is all about counting, while exploring the farm and all the animals on it. It is really bright and colourful and the illustrations all have a cute and friendly style to them.
The book is written in rhyme throughout, so it flows easily when reading aloud. The buzzy bee character is shown on each flap, encouraging the child to recognise where to lift and pull each flap, which is a good idea as sometimes with other books mine have tried lifting from the wrong side and ended up ripping things if its not clear!
Because each page is so thick, due to having the large flaps folded up inside each page, the book only covers numbers up to 5, so I would say it is most suited to the preschool age. It is a little young for my 4 year old although he did still enjoy it, but ideal for my 3 year old and 21 month old.
As mentioned, the flaps are really big – they are almost full page size – this makes it easy for younger ones to handle them and lift them up by themselves. The flaps are fully illustrated on both sides, and when you pull them out it gives the impression of the animal turning to follow the bee in the opposite direction, which is a good effect.
The pages are slightly glossy and thicker than normal paper, again to make it more difficult for little ones to accidently rip it. So you would be quite safe letting a younger toddler explore this book by themselves for a few minutes, without the risk that when you come back the whole book will be shredded!
Throughout the book, the buzzy bee is encouraging all the animals to follow him and come along, and on the last page we find out what it is he wanted to show them all – 5 newborn puppies! Which is quite sweet.
It’s a very nice book if you are encouraging your child to pick up counting and numbers, or if they have an interest in farm animals. It is very nicely done and kept my children’s attention.
Little Tiger Press also have another book in the same range which is Follow Me in the Jungle (what can I see) which covers learning about different actions, rather than counting.
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