The Book Dragon Club – A Review

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The Book Dragon front cover

As book reviews go, I’m bringing you* one with a difference today. This is less about an individual book, and more about instilling a love for all things literary in young readers. From the back cover: Packed with awesome activities, this journal has everything a book dragon needs! Tackle the fun reading challenges Set up a book club with your … Read More

Gloria The Summer Fun Bus

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Gloria The Summer Fun Bus front cover

I have had the absolute pleasure of bringing you previous books by Sue Wickstead on my blog, and today I am delighted to share* Gloria The Summer Fun Bus with you. From the back cover: “Gloria is a special Playbus. She is painted with bright colours that makes her stand out. Now she is ready for a summer of fun, … Read More

Sparky The Dragon Bus Review

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Sparky the Dragon Bus Front Cover

From the back cover: “Sparky isn’t your typical double-decker bus. Behind the dragon and magical paintings, she’s full of fun and adventures for all children. Jump aboard to find out what makes Sparky so special.” What we thought: Sparky the Dragon Bus is a beautiful story about inclusion and play. A bus, Sparky, is chosen from the bus yard to … Read More

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit - Judith Kerr - Cup of Toast blog

From the back cover: “Suppose your country began to change. Suppose that without your noticing, it became dangerous for some people to live in it any longer. Suppose you found, to your surprise, that your own father was one of these people. That is what happened to Anna, in Germany in 1933. Anna is too busy with schoolwork and tobogganing … Read More

A Spooky Tale by Sue Wickstead

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A Spooky Tale Cover

“When the teacher decided to take the class out on a walk the children did not want to go … But… What could possibly go wrong? Why did the class not feel well? Read the book to find out.” What did we think? I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for A Spooky Tale! My boys loved Sue’s … Read More

Jay-Jay and the Carnival: A Review

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Jay-Jay and the Carnival Cover

  “Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus is a brightly coloured playbus full of toys. He’s always ready for adventure, and after an eventful summer the bus is ready for his journey to the carnival. The children are also excited – but what will happen on the way?”     I’m delighted to be taking part in Sue Wickstead’s book tour for … Read More

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus

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Jay-Jay The Supersonic Bus Cover

Last year we reviewed The Christmas Play Rehearsal by Sue Wickstead and this year we are delighted to have been asked to take a look at Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus. If you are regular readers of my blog you will know that I love books and that my boys do too. Grabbing a book and reading it together is one … Read More

Books For Children: 6 – 7 years

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Fiction books for 6-7 year olds

Our favourite books for children, aged 6 – 7 years, as part of our books for children list. The Twits by Roald Dahl We absolutely love Roald Dahl, they are all books that I would happily read as an adult without a young audience around, so I was delighted when our eldest showed a keen interest in the stories too. … Read More

Books For Children: 5 – 6 years

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Fiction books for 5-6 year olds

Our favourite books for children, aged 5 – 6 years, as part of our books for children list. The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business by Werner Holzwarth Just when it seems we had got past a silly stage, this book came along and gave us an extra dollop (pun absolutely intended!). I … Read More