#BookReview The Niggle by Peta Rainford ( @PetaRainford ) : #ChristmasBooksForChildren

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I am so pleased to share this book with you today.  I was fortunate to win this as part of a giveaway on the lovely Linda’s Book Bag blog.  I would like to say a huge “THANK YOU” to both Linda and Peta for this wonderful book.  I thought it would be a perfect addition to my #ChristmasBooksForChildren tag.

Synopsis:

The Niggle tells the story of Joe Jackson, a little boy who has never felt fear. Until the day a miniature monster swims in his ear! The monster is the Niggle, a tiny terror, who whispers worries in Joe’s head and makes him afraid. Will Joe Jackson let the Niggle win? Or will he learn to overcome his fears? The Niggle, through humour and rhyme, tells young children that it’s OK to feel fear. In fact, you can’t be brave if you don’t. A colourful, rhyming picture book for 5-8 year olds.

My thoughts:

Meet Joe, he has never had to experience fear, has never had to think about it.  That is until he has an accident and the Niggle creeps in his ear.  The Niggle does just as its name suggests, it niggles away at Joe’s confidence and stops him doing the things he has enjoyed.  Niggle brings fear and makes Joe afraid.

I loved this story, it is one of those stories that just has to be read out loud, it is a rhyming tale that I think children will love.  It does have a message about how fear can stop you doing things, but also there is a positive aspect to it as well.  It also has a nice touch humour in it as well  There is a good balance and  the nasty Niggle does not have it all his own way, so it ends on a good note.  This book is written and illustrated by Peta and she has matched words and pictures very nicely, they complement each other.

I would definitely recommend this book for children in the 5-8 year age range.  A good book to sit and read with them.

About the Author:

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Peta Rainford is the Isle of Wight-based writer and illustrator of the children’s picture books, ‘Hairy Fairy’, ‘Jamie and the Joke Factory’, ‘Isabella, Rotten Speller’, ‘Isabella’s Adventures in Numberland’ and ‘The Niggle’. Peta produces colourful, funny (often rhyming) picture books, which aim to challenge, entertain and tease young readers. Her stories, often set in fantastical, imagined lands, feature witches, fairies, elves and all manner of animals – some of them made out of letters! Her writing heroes include (in no particular order) Roald Dahl, Lauren Child, Oliver Jeffers, Lewis Carroll and Julia Donaldson. She is a big fan of rhyme, jokes, puns and general silliness. Peta loves to go out and about and meet her readers, particularly through library and school visits. She thinks children are the best source of ideas for children’s books! Peta grew up on the Isle of Wight so long ago she can remember dancing to the Bay City Rollers and buying crisps from the school tuck shop for 2½p. As a child she loved words, she loved painting and drawing too, but she had no idea what she wanted to do when she grew up. She studied English at York University and then worked in London as a business journalist and editor for 14 years. During this time she also studied fine art at Central St Martin’s, but she still had no idea what she wanted to do when she grew up. It was only when she moved back to the Isle of Wight (now balancing the roles of freelance writer and mum), that Peta decided to write and illustrate her first book for children. It was a revelation to her: a way of combining picture making with her love of words – not to mention an outlet for her awful jokes. It may have taken more than four decades, but finally, Peta knows what she wants to do when she grows up.

Follow Peta on Twitter or visit her wonderful Website DogPigeon.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 5 – 8 years
  • Publisher: Dogpigeon Books (13 Nov. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0995646511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0995646513
  • Purchase from Amazon UK

 

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#BookReview : Ronaldo. The Flying Reindeer Academy by Maxine Sylvester @flyingronaldo #ChristmasBooksForChildren

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I am so delighted to be sharing this book with you today.  This is just an adorable picture, how could you not want to go and grab a copy of,  Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy, illustrated and written by Maxine Sylvester.  Available in Colour in eBook format.  Also please go and visit Maxine’s Website, it is full of loads of things for children to do, colouring sheets, recipes, games and jokes.

Synopsis:

“MOVE OVER RUDOLPH – RONALDO IS HERE TO STAY!” 

Ronaldo is the top flying cadet at the prestigious Reindeer Flying Academy. He dreams of getting his flying license and becoming one of Santa’s reindeer, just like his hero, Vixen.

In the first adventure in the Ronaldo series, the second year flying cadets face their toughest ever flying test – The Endurance Challenge. Will Ronaldo be victorious and lift the silver cup? Or will mean brothers Dasher, Comet and Prancer ruin his chance for success?

“This should be a new Christmas classic!” 

“I look forward to reading this book to my kids every year at Christmas. The story is incredibly entertaining and laugh out loud funny, even for parents!” 

“This book has become a part of my family’s holiday traditions!”

My Thoughts:

I had seen a review of this book on a cphilipou123.com (you can see her thoughts here →Christina Phillipou’s Review ), well it was the cover that got my attention, it is just a little bit adorable.

This is a tale of Ronaldo, his dream is to be picked for the “North Pole Reindeer Team”, they are the elite who are handpicked by Santa himself. Part of the training at Flying School is an endurance race, and it actually advice from his granddad that helps Ronaldo.

Not only is the cover adorable, but the pictures inside are of the same standard, they are colourful and very appropriate.  The story itself is one that has a message, I didn’t feel that is was overused and I liked that.

The message is about believing in yourself, imagining yourself doing something and it makes it easier to do whatever is required, being positive.

It is witty and humorous and has a really nice pace to it.

I would definitely recommend this book to young readers.  I felt it was appropriate for the age range of 6-10 years, a great book to read with a child or for them to read themselves.

About the Author:

C16i9NObJbS._SY200_  Maxine Sylvester was born in London, England. She grew up with a passion for Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear. She also loved anything Disney and enjoyed drawing the characters.
Maxine’s love of ‘fun’ art grew and she had the privilege of being mentored by cartoonist and caricaturist, Steve Chadburn. She completed further studies in children’s book illustration with talented artist and illustrator, Jan Nesbitt.
She has just updated all the illustrations for The Reindeer Flying Academy – they are now all in glorious colour, just in time for Christmas.

Follow Maxine and Ronaldo on : Website Twitter

Book Details:

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3755.0 KB
  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0777JFZQR
  • Purchase from Amazon UK

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#BookReview : Magnus and the Jewelled Book of the Universe : pub @matadorbooks : @NetGalley : #ChristmasBooksforChildren

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“Magnus and the Jewelled Book of the Universe” by S.L.Browne is available now in eBook and in paperback.  Published by Matador / Troubador Publishing

This is a children’s book recommended for ages 7-9 years.  A science fiction and fantasy read.  This is a book I read for as part of my idea for the books children would like for Christmas.

Synopsis:

In S. L. Browne’s debut children’s book, a small boy called Magnus is whisked away from a dying overheated Earth by his mentor Marlo, only to discover that he belongs to a tribe of aliens known as the Guardians of the Universe living in a different dimension. Marlo, a very ancient and disgruntled wizard, has failed to stop the evil Murdamond from destroying Earth through his unquenchable desire for shiny and beautiful things.

When Magnus arrives on his home planet, he finds that humans have not yet evolved and that dinosaurs still exist. Marlo tells Magnus that he fears that Murdamond will try to move to this new, healthy planet to steal all of its treasures now that he has ruined the old Earth. Upon their arrival in the Deruweld village, they discover that Murdamond has already arrived and he is holding Magnus’ parents hostage in the dungeon of his brand new castle.

Magnus realises he has been tasked with a dangerous and urgent problem to solve. He has to save his home planet, rescue his parents and save the Universe from the ghastly Murdamond and his henchmen. He must use all his wisdom and powers, along with his dinosaur friends and the strange Jewelled Book of the Universe that decides life would be more interesting if it transformed into a girl, in order to defeat Murdamond before it is too late.

Magnus and the Jewelled Book of the Universe is the first book in a fantasy trilogy that takes inspiration from Roald Dahl and Dick King Smith. The book contains dinosaurs, space travel and time travel in a humorous and magical story that will appeal to young readers aged 7-9 years. S. L. Browne’s debut book also contains an important message about climate change.

My Thoughts:

This is an interesting book with some diverse themes running through it.  Magnus is shown how he can travel to alternate universes, though tornado’s with ancient monolith as a portal and the magic book being the key.  On arrival at this other world, he is told to expect a simpler lifestyle where greed and money do not exist, but dinosaurs do!  While here he discovers more about himself and his other abilities.

This is a mish-mash of things, a mix of The Wizard of Oz and a twist of Roald Dahl.  The book looks at the way humans treat the earth, exploring the effects of money, power and greed.  But even in this other world setting there are traces of these and they are getting stronger.  It does sound as if it would be quite heavy reading when the topics include climate change, extinction of animals and power struggles, but it has been done in a basic way, not to simple though. I felt it was a good book to introduce these themes and wrap them around a suitable story.

As I read this, I kept thinking back to the books I read as a child.  Would I like this one ? Yes, actually I think I would have enjoyed it.  My one criticism is that this story did finish a little too abruptly, I didn’t feel that it was finished properly. I am aware of it being part of a series and in my copy, there was a preview of the next book, but it was just a little sudden.

I think this book would appeal to readers of the indicated 7-9 year age range.  An interesting story with a very important message, but done in a very accessible and not over the top sort of way.

I would like to express my thanks to NetGalley and Matador for my copy of this eARC.  I requested it and my views expressed here are my own and are unbiased.

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