Toddlyworld Books-Boolino Book Review

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Have you ever imagined what it would be like if your child’s story books came to life? Jumping out of the page and dancing around the room singing with your child? Who hasn’t! We can enjoy a quick (hot) cuppa while they have a wee jig. Thanks to the magic that is Toddlyworld this is now possible. Interested in taking a new musical journey about discovery and learning with your child? Read on dear reader and don’t forget to bring your tambourine!

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Thank you to the lovely people at Toddlyworld for introducing us to the magical world of Toddly and Toddlybear. Also a big thank you to the awesome people at Boolino for giving us this opportunity to review these wonderful books. These bright, colourful board books get children enthusiastic and involved in reading. They tell the tales of Toddly and Todldybear’s adventures, learning and discovering about the world around them. We received 4 books from the series, Summer, Spring, Numbers and Stars By Stanka Wixted. All new fascinating discoveries for my little monsters.

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The books are ideal for 2-5 year olds. There are small paragraphs so there’s not too much writing to overwhelm them and the text is bold, easy to read. The illustrations pop and  are fun to look at. The CD compliments and completes the whole package. What more could you ask for from a children’s book. Perfection.

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We live in a world were technology is forever evolving. Our children are leaning how to use computers and iPads in school, some of them are better computer whizzes than me. By moving with the times yet still staying faithful to the written language, Toddlyworld are engaging children’s learning experience with their use of musical audiobook CDs. It’s a pleasure to see and I highly approve of mixing the old tradition with the new.

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There are 3 tracks on each CD, a song, the audiobook and a lullaby. The perfect balance for young children. The song gets them excited and ready for the story. Then the audiobook whisks them off on the adventure. At the end the lullaby helps calm your little ones down after all the excitement. Something that’s always appreciated as a mother, as you never really know the power of the lullaby until you have children. It’s like magic how it can hypnotize your little monsters into needing a doze. Bliss. I also think the CD will be great for children who are struggling to read. They won’t miss out and be disheartened because they will get to hear the stories too. Toddlyworld has thought of everything.

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The sound effects really help children picture themselves in the adventure along with the vibrant illustrations in the book. They can hear the sea or the birds and feel absorbed into the story. It enhances their experience and they can be apart of Toddlyworld with Toddly and Toddlybear.

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Our favourite song was the Number song. We have been learning more about numbers lately and as soon as we hit play, my son was dancing about counting up to ten. I strongly believe these happy experiences really improve a child’s ability to learn. They will remember how much fun they had and will want to expand their knowledge. The more positivity that is shown, the more open they are to learning new things. These books help tremendously with this with their use of songs. It gets them up and involved helping them remember. And of course who doesn’t love a good sing-song.

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We loved learning how Toddly remembers what the numbers look like. It’s a lot easier for children to have a silly fun way to remember things than a serious approach. Our favourite number was Zero as he looked like a doughnut. It then of course made us hungry for doughnuts. We might have had a cheeky one after we finished the book. Might have…

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I also like the little morals in some of the stories. In Spring Toddly and Toddlybear eat too much chocolate and feel sick. Mummy is cross and they realise what they did was wrong so they offer to help with the spring cleaning to say sorry. Teaching children manners at a young age encourages them to continue it through to adulthood. Something I am always striving to teach my son, manners cost nothing.

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Fun, full of music and learning I give the Toddlyworld Books a Five out of Five paw rating.

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We had lots of fun exploring Toddlyword. My son found Toddlybear cheeky and giggled at his funny voice. As I type now he is still singing the Numbers song! Happy and learning, this Mummy Bunny highly approves.

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Click here to discover more and if you are interested in buying a copy of
Summer, Spring, Numbers and Stars click here and add some music to your story time.

 

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Toddlyworld have a ton of new exciting stuff coming your way,  inspiring stories and videos for your children to enjoy. Check out the video below.

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Pause/Silence/Laughter: And Other Plays By Jordan Toney : Review

A pause speaks volumes which is an ironic thing considering what a pause actually is. A temporary stop, a rest, frozen mid-life for all to see yet you are still in motion. You hesitate and stop yourself because doubt and uncertainty has clouded your mind. Silence is an old friend you don’t get to visit often, offering a cup of tea and shoulder to cry on. And laughter is always with you, waiting for the most inappropriate times to make an appearance. These three aspects of life trend to be hiding in the background yet keeping us company when we need it most. They are always waiting for the lights to be slowly lit so they can have their moment centre stage in the spotlight and tell their story.

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A big thank you to Jordan Toney for sending me his collection of plays Pause/Silence/Laughter: And Other Plays. I hugely encourage you all to check out his work and bask in his artistic vision. Another favourite author has been added to my list! This is what I love about the writing community. You never know when you are going to discover something new and exciting. Writers who have the same passion for literature as you and just want to show the world their creativity. Go, explore and dive into something new today, your imagination will love you for it.

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Pause/Silence/Laughter: And Other Plays is five thought-provoking short plays that force you to ask yourself a ton of questions, which I think personally is always a good thing. Are we capable of time travel? Do we ever deal with the loss of a loved one? Will the past always be our future? Are we all secretly connected to each other through our dreams? And what happens when the world decides to leave you behind?

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Pauses, silence and laughter are key characters. Toney uses them effectively and with great flair to really set the atmosphere on stage and engage the audience. Like the secret ingredient to your signature dish, you have to get it just so or the flavour will be off. Yet fear not reader, there is no harm of that here as Toney is in his element, his kitchen if you will and he is the head chef. Allow me to say now, my compliments to the chef. *Raises glass* Let’s tuck in to this divine five course meal shall we?

In Photographs the main character Billy is struggling to come to terms with the events of his life up until this point. He reaches out to the audience asking them questions, desperate for answers that will satiate his need to remember. Something we can all relate to. My heart shattered as I read the scene were Billy is talking to his mother. I was a mess, tears tumbling down my face accompanied by loud ugly sob noises.

‘Can you hear me? (Pause) Everyone else can see her, right? (Pause) I want to hold her and tell her the world is going to be fine.’

It reminded me that even though we grow up, we can easily revert back to being a scared lost child needing the monsters to be chased away. When we are young our parents are our world, our everything. The thought of losing them and being left alone is too much to bear but it is unfortunately something we all go through. The ugly harsh reality of the world we live in. Toney’s portrayal of this loss of innocence is bewitching to read and extremely relatable.

‘You’re all SITTING there watching me go through this and what does any of it mean to you’

The audience is just the spectator, watching and not doing anything. Something so true and real in the world we live in. We sit in our comfy homes, warm and fed while thousands of miles away there are people with no roof over their heads starving. The truth of it is, what can you do about it all? You can only do what you can and be a decent human being; show some humanity in times like these. You feel helpless and know it’s happening but again can’t click your fingers and make it all better. Toney holds up a mirror to the audience showing them how helpless we all can be. We tend to just watch and not do anything about it. It’s intense writing and I love it.

Pause/Silence/Laughter reminded me a lot of an old black and white silent film. So much is said through body language and actions. No words are needed to tell the story and it’s spectacular to read. Within seconds Toney sets the scene for the madness that sets in after losing a loved one. His characters all have secrets and struggle to come to terms with them, causing them to lose patience and break down exposing the audience to their weaknesses. It reminds the audience that we are all only human after all.

Ever had a dream where you are continuously stuck in an annoying, frustrating loop that you can’t seem to break out of? That’s what The Clown And The Train Station reminded me of.  You play out the same day over and over again (much like life at times) with no hope of freedom. The ticking of the clock is a constant reminder that although we may feel stuck we are always moving forward. We are all guilty of living in the past and have struggled to move forward. It’s human nature and one of our downfalls in life.

Silent plays are beautiful because we can escape the noise that follows us everyday and just enjoy the silence. Sometimes words are not needed to tell a story, you can see with your own eyes the pain and love in someones actions. Our bodies speak louder than our voices ever could.

It’s strange to think that we live everyday sometimes not even knowing who the people are who live down the road. A world full of faces yet we don’t know their stories. Although we are all different and unique, we have similar tenderness. We all have regrets in life, some people choose to accept it while others dwell on what could have been. The characters in  Alack Alack desperately want to feel something, to be understood and to connect. We have all had that feeling of not being understood. Remember being a teenager? One of toughest parts of growing up can be trying to find out who you are and to be accepted by society. We all want to find someone to relate to, to be remembered and not forgotten.

‘In some way, we all meet the same fate. Some worse than others, and some peacefully. Is it all a matter of luck? Of fate? No, none of that.’

Life is a matter of different choices, yet we will all die one day. It’s inevitable, impossible to not encounter. A morbid thought but if we make the most of our time in this world and talk to each other, it will be a life well lived and loved.

I could feel my heart pounding away, trying to burst through my chest with every page I turned in Shelter. The audience are showed a world where the end is near, bombs dropping, people dying and everything covered in radiation. Toney is a master at creating panic and at the same time building the suspense. He shows how even in the darkest of times we can still find the humour and take the time to laugh. How the little things in life are important and when faced with the end of the world, all that really matters is the love we have for one another, our family, our friends and our pets. Again I had tears in my eyes at how terrifying the world can be at times. It’s heartbreaking.

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All five plays present the audience a number of questions for them to ask themselves. Things to reflect on and think about. I admire the way Toney has used monologues as his characters express so much emotion through dialogue. It’s poetic and makes the characters on stage relatable. It could so easily be us up there, saying these words, naked for all to see with no need to act or pretend. The afterlife is a strong present theme that asks the audience what they believe. Is there life after death? Is this all there is? Toney connects the audience and allows us all to relate to one another. Our desire to feel connected and not so alone is accomplished. It’s bliss and works wonders for the mind. Overall it’s an interesting work of theatre that gets you thinking and runs you through a whirlwind of emotions leaving you breathless yet yearning for more.

I give Pause/Silence/Laughter: And Other Plays By Jordan Toney a Five out of Five paw rating.

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It had me captivated from start to finish. I would pay good money to see this on the stage and to just soak up that raw atmosphere of human existence. Grab yourself a copy here and see for yourself. Let your mind become the stage for five extraordinary plays dealing with time, memory, love and connection through dreams. Sit back, relax and get ready for scene one. The curtain is about to rise.

Next on my list is The Dreaming Key: A Story Of Poetry By Jordan Toney. I am really loving this writer’s work, his style and use of imagery is astounding to read. Discover more about Jordan Toney on the links below. Enjoy!

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Ellipsis Poems Of Disasters By Jordan Toney (Review)

Have you ever imagined what the end of the world would be like? Will fire fall from the sky? Rivers turn to blood and a blanket of dust and bone cover the lands? Have you ever asked yourself the morbid “What if? What would happen? What would it be like?” Questions flood your brain with no sure way of uncovering the answers. Or is there…

Thank you to Jordan Toney for sending me his wonderful poetry collection, Ellipsis Poems Of Disasters. If you haven’t already you need to check his work out. It’s so refreshing to read a piece of literature that feeds my imagination. It’s extremely rare these days to come across a genuinely creative piece of writing. I have been starved for some inspiring poetry since my university days. So when I received Ellipsis Poems Of Disasters I was more than excited to once again swan dive into the mysterious world that is poetry. I resurfaced feeling revived and refreshed from my self-indulgent dip wanting to put pen to paper and unleash my imagination.

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Ellipsis tells of the disaster that is the end of the world. A collection of poems showing the reader the apocalyptic outcome of it all. Yet still portraying raw emotion, the real fears of the human race and our self-destructive nature to the very place we call home.

‘…We thought we knew then, something was amiss
But we did not heed the warning signs.
We looked up and cried out to the lightning.’

As we know an ellipsis is cutting out what’s not necessary, the waffling if you’d rather. Dots in a line. Toney does this perfectly. Told in nine chapters, Toney immerses the reader in his world where panic, fear and loss are strong characters we encounter as we roam the familiar landscapes of Earth. Trust me when I say this dear reader, you are going to what to read this hidden gem.

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The way Toney has set out each poem in this collection really adds to the suspense. You can’t help but want to continue reading as soon as you finish each poem. You get greedy and want more and more, if you are like me I HAD to finish it in one sitting. I didn’t want to put it down and that’s rare for me to do these days. Extremely rare. I savoured every last detail as I reached the inevitable end. Living in the moment and experiencing it for what it is rather than overindulge and be left bloated. I still crave more but that’s the beauty of the end isn’t it. It’s never truly over as it’s open to interpretation. You can continue the story in your head, it never just…Ends. Got to love literature and its writers.

I am a big admirer of imagery. It can be a very hit and miss concept in poetry or writing in general. Writers can use too much and confuse the reader or not enough leaving the reader starved. Toney does neither of these. He not only sculpted the vision in my mind, but hijacks my senses allowing me to have a front row seat as the world burns to a crisp.

‘Houses were falling down like snow.
Doors and walls folded up like playing cards.’

It’s strangely enchanting and hypnotic. To feel the ice prickle at my skin while the ground shakes at my feet with each page I turn. The panic and chaos painted in my mind allowing my imagination to heighten what Toney has already set in motion. It’s definitely an experience and the poetic nature of it makes it that much more delicious.

I enjoyed reading the clever little hints at how today’s modern society are always watching but never noticing. We live in a world where smartphones and electronic devices are glued to our hands. We are constantly looking down, living life through a screen, watching but never taking in the natural beauty of what surrounds us everyday. Most people can’t leave the house without their phones and I am guilty as charged for this crime. Yet on the odd occasion I have managed to leave the black mirror behind, there is a sense of bliss when I’m not plugged in. A sense of freedom and peace, no noise and nonsense. Ellipsis made me realise that if the world was to end; ironically we would all probably find out about it on twitter before looking up to the sky and seeing the big ball of burning fire-death hurtling towards us. We are becoming a race of hunched over, square eyed synthetic flesh that will one day wonder why we always looked down and never up.

‘The news stations all seemed to ignore
The fact that everything was upside down
And they talked and talked
Nonsense on screen
While the whole world watched
Instead of noticing the world was on fire
And burning.’

It sends a slight chill down my spine at how real and relatable these poems are. If the end of the world happened, would we notice? These poems make you ask yourself so many questions and draw you in to the fact that this could one day become a reality. Who knows…

I give Ellipsis Poems Of Disasters a Five out of Five paw rating.

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I loved it. The imagery, the suspense and the sheer fear of the end. Toney is a master of his craft. My bunny paws applaud you, Sir and look forward to reading more of your work. Next on the list is Pause/Silence/Laughter: And Other Plays, a collection of short plays. My inner thespian is already excited and waiting in the wings.

 

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You can buy a copy of Ellipsis Poems Of Disasters here. Go ahead and enrich your mind with some breathtaking poetry. Also check out Jordan Toney’s other works here. More people need to be exposed to Toney’s writing and the absolute pleasure of reading his work. I am all about supporting authors and their talent, share the love and lets keep the world alive with creativity. Discover more about Jordan Toney on the links below. Enjoy!

 

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Pilot Jane And The Runaway Plane (Boolino Friends Book Review)

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Pack your bags and grab your passport because we are flying off on an adventure today across the globe. From Australia to New York there’s so much to see and do. Come fly with us and let’s see what the world has to offer. Boarding passes at the ready please, your plane is now boarding. Excited? I am! Let’s go!

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A massive thank you to Boolino as always for introducing this wonderful little story to our ever-growing library. Also to Big Sunshine Books for sending us Pilot Jane And The Runaway Plane by Caroline Baxter and illustrated by Izabela Ciesimska. They are a brand new shiny, specialist children’s book publisher who focus on producing nothing but beautifully illustrated books for children aged 0-5. They are a strong believer of Bright Books For Bright Minds and know that the pre-school years are an exciting time in a child’s development. Books have a hugely positive effect on language and literacy skills and Big Sunshine Books helps teach this by nurturing their love of reading. This makes me happy, publishers such as Big Sunshine Books being passionate about reading/learning/discovery for younger children. The world always needs more bookworms! We can never, ever have enough. So turn off the TV and settle down with your cheeky monsters and some good old-fashioned imagination.

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The Story

Pilot Jane and her pink jet Rose travel the world going on fantastic adventures. But one day after filling up on a bit too much cake fuel, Rose is ill and can’t fly  the Queen of England to a party! Who will fly Jane there? Will she make it in time? Fasten your seatbelt and prepare for take off!

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Our Review

Pilot Jane And The Runaway Plane is a delightful read for your little ones aged 2-5 years old. However as a grown woman, I rather enjoyed it (She says with a beaming big smile across her face.) Published on 8th March to coincide with International Woman’s Day, this book celebrates Girl Power with a modern twist. It also shares a critically positive message about the importance of teamwork which is great for young children to learn. By understanding from an early age that by helping one another, you can achieve your goals.

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My son loved Jane, that she was a strong female role model as it showed him that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Just like Mummy working hard as a writer despite being dyslexia. From a child’s point of view, they see everything as a possibility and that’s how it should be. We should encourage it and books such as this do a brilliant job of it. He wanted his own pink plane by the time we finished the book. It’s absolutely amazing to see more and more female characters taking on the main role in stories. If we continue to teach children that boys and girls can do the same things as each other, then we are heading in the right direction and promoting equality. And that’s always a good thing to encourage. If my son wants a pink plane, he will have a pink plane. And likewise, if I ever have a little girl who wants to play with blue cars, she will play with blue cars. There’s no harm and everyone should have the right to be able to express who they are. Girl AND Boy POWER!

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We loved jetting off to all sorts of different countries with Jane and Rose. It’s always fun discovering and learning about the world in children’s books. Especially when it’s a rhyming story. They are always the best because it gets you into a rhythm and helps the story flow. It stays with you and you can’t help but have a big grin on your face as you sing Jane and Rose’s song.

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The beautifully colourful pictures were the icing on the cake. They brought our imaginations to life and reminded us of Disney films. The detail is superb and with each read through we have discovered something new on each page. My son enjoyed pointing to the stamps of where Jane and Rose have traveled and repeating the countries. Great fun as a technique for younger children to learn country names and to associate them with big landmarks such as The Eiffel Tower in Paris. It’s that little extra touch that makes this book hold a special place on our story time bookshelf.

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I couldn’t help but smile at the little details such as cake fuel and lemon tea. It’s things like this that really help give a book its personality. The author and illustrator have really banded together and thought about everything. It’s creative and a joy to read. Makes me hungry too for cake which I can never complain about. Chocolate cake anyone?

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Our Rating

I give Pilot Jane And The Runaway Plane a Five out of Five paw rating.

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We absolutely loved this book and it has become one of our favourites. We have read it at least a hundred times! We simply can not get enough of Jane and Rose. We really, really hope to read more of their adventures. We have a tiny suggestion for doughnut fuel in a future adventure too! Jam doughnut fuel!

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£4.89 £6.99 save 30%! While you’re there why not have a little browse. Your bound to come across a new exciting read for you and your monkeys.

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Don’t forget to also check out Big Sunshine Books! I can’t wait to see what other books they publish. They are a new publishers and are going to be publishing many more adventures for you and your little ones to explore. Let’s keep on promoting reading from a young age and supporting publishers such as Big Sunshine Books who strive to achieve this. Books, reading, it’s all such a magical world that always needs more exposure. There’s so many different worlds and characters to meet. It’s a never-ending adventure that lives on for years and years, from generation to generation. Just beautiful.

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A New Adventure

Seeing my son’s name written boldly in a black sharpie makes me overcome with emotion. Today is the first day our son starts his newest adventure. Nursery! AHHHHH!

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I didn’t honestly realise how fast this day would be upon us. He was only just born! Where did the time go? Ah! I remember. The laughter, the love, the tears (mostly me!) and here we are. Our son taking that big step into the scary unknown. Wait. Is this such a good idea? Of course it is! I have to trust that he will be ok and not wrap him up in candy floss (much safe than cotton wool 😉 ) for the rest of his life. I know we would have done the whole nursery thing sooner but with the move to Scotland it set things back a bit. And now we are here. Eek! When was everything fast forwarded? I don’t remember pressing skip. But alas that’s the thing isn’t it. When you have children time is a precious, shiny, sparkly thing you want to keep under lock and key. To slowly unleash at your will but secretly wanting to freeze those special moments forever.

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Our son has been attending nursery for 30 mins up to an hour for one day for the past few weeks to ease him into it. It has worked beautifully. So much so that he hates leaving. He really does. Something I will remind him of when he’s older and he’s pulling the old “My stomach hurts, no school today Mum please.” As from tomorrow he will be in full-time and I am excited and scared for him. Excited because he is really enjoying himself and the nursery is fabulous. They are mostly based outdoors which is perfect for him as he loves nature. Scared because it’s my little baby boy going out into the world everyday without his mother or father. I have to place my trust in the people looking after him and tell myself he will be ok. He will be ok! On constant repeat until I hold him in my arms again.

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I have come to discover that this is a very normal thing to feel. As parents we naturally want only the best for our children. Nothing less or by half. Only the absolute best will do. We created them, gave them life and brought them into this crazy world. We are their protectors and would kill for them like a lioness defending their cubs. I feel like I will always feel like this. Even when my boys are married and have children of their own. I will be secretly worrying about them. Have they eaten? Are they safe? An endless list of stress. But I have to force myself to take a step back, have a cup of tea (maybe a doughnut too) and calm. I have to believe that it will all be ok otherwise I will drive myself insane with stress. For now I need to focus on the positive. That our son is going to nursery and really enjoying it. He is safe and well looked after. It’s hard not to think the worst when you see all these awful stories on the news but at the end of the long agonising day, you just have to go with your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, then listen to it. On this instance, my gut tells me he is in good hands and safe.

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Phew. I need a drink. A cider perhaps. All this worrying and stress is doing me no good. But hey, I am a mother and it’s kinda what we do. My boy is starting out on a new adventure and I couldn’t be more proud of him. Before I know it my 5 month year old will be doing the very same thing. Seriously where does the time go! Just slow down!

As I wave him off today I will shed an invisible tear that my little baby boy is growing up. He will always be my baby but I am loving watching him grow, becoming the strong, confident individual he is today. We still have time for our silly games chasing each other round the house and snuggling with a movie. Don’t ever stop being you my gorgeous boy and please, please always keep your wicked sense of humour! ROAR! (yay! I did it!)

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The Impressionists-Moonlight Publishing (Boolino Book Review)

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My boys love their art, especially my eldest. I can give him a pad of paper with some paints and he is a happy chappy for hours. He mixes the colours, experiments with different brushes and has fun with it. With a dash of creativity and inspiration a blank canvas can soon become a work of art. Grab yourself some paints and let’s get painting! I have an artistic book to share with you this week that has made a huge impression on me.

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Thank-you to the fabulous people at Moonlight Publishing and Boolino for sending me a copy of The Impressionists, illustrated by Jean-Philippe ChabotMoonlight Publishing offer over 50 other My First Discoveries titles. So what are you waiting for? Discover something new today! The world we live in is fascinating, to watch our children learn through such creative books is heartwarming. You can never, ever have too many books!

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Aimed at 4-9 year olds, The Impressionists is the perfect read for your little Van Gogh’s to learn about this style of painting in a clear but factually fun way. This book is filled with beautiful examples of impressionist’s paintings such as Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet. Don’t be surprised if your little one rushes outside armed with paints the minute you have finished the last sentence. Better make some space on the fridge to hang all those masterpieces.

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There’s not too much information thrown at you, just enough to help learn and understand about this revolutionary movement. Often books such as this can overload you with the facts but THIS, this is a lovely little balance that encourages you both to learn more with every page you turn. There is just the right amount of text accompanied by illustrations that help you both have a clean and informative understanding.

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Moonlight Publishing are passionate about learning and it’s shown masterfully in this book. Discovery has been a big theme behind their publishing and works with captivating and holding children’s attention. No wonder they have sold over 40 million copies in 30 languages around the world. They are exceptionally good at nurturing little minds and curiosity that promote them to discover the world from their own unique perspective. We have definitely learned a lot after reading The Impressionists and can’t wait to share our knowledge with others.

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We loved how they explained the way The Impressionists painted the play of light on people and the landscapes around them. The transparent pages really helped to highlight this in great examples and show my little artists how it was done. He really enjoyed flipping the pages back and forth as it helped him have a clearer understanding. It’s approaches such as this, well constructed and tangible that make education entertaining  and accessible children.

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I give The Impressionists a Five out of Five Paw rating. It’s fun, factual and inspires your little ones to get creative and paint the world around them.

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Grab yourself a copy here for only £6.29 from Boolino. Discover the painters that mastered the use of their impressions of the world around them. The world always needs more art! So lets create some! Happy reading and painting.

http://www.boolino.co.uk

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Don’t forget to check out Moonlight Publishing as they have tons of titles for you to discover. Their books are literally works of art! Enjoy and discovery something new and exciting today.

http://moonlightpublishing.co.uk

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Stargazing For Beginners By Jenny McLachlan (Boolino Book Review)

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Space, the final frontier they call it. The great unknown and one of life’s many mysteries surrounds us on a daily basis. We humans go about our everyday lives completely oblivious to the fact that our sun that we use to tan and relax in is a dying star. Our moon is our natural (reflective) nightlight as we sleep. And the stars make twinkling pictures for us in the night sky and guide us home when we are lost. Fancy a bit of stargazing dear readers? Do I ever have the book to share with you! Grab a blanket and a pair of binoculars as we gaze from the chaos that is Earth. If we are lucky we might see a shooting star or even toast some marshmallows. Poyekhali!

The wonderful people at Boolino have sent me a gorgeous copy of Stargazing For Beginners By Jenny McLachlan published by Bloomsbury. I squealed with delight the moment I saw this book. Not only is the cover a beauty and has shiny gold lettering but it’s about a topic I have always found fascinating; life.

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For fifteen year old Meg, life on earth for her is non-existent. The life for her is amongst the stars and planets millions of light years away in undiscovered galaxies. Imagine her surprise when her free-spirited mother drops her baby sister Elsa on her and jets off on yet another charity mission half way across the world. Meg must now face her biggest challenge in life yet. Can she prep her speech in time for the NASA competition while trying to look after her sister, make friends, fall in love and keep on top of her homework? Houston, we have a problem.

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Meg is such a relatable character to teenagers. She’s shy, hates public speaking and doesn’t know how to socialise with people her own age. From what I remember from being a teenager, it’s tough. Really tough. Trying to fit in and find your own place while still being true to who you are is difficult. There are so many changes at that age that a lot of teens find hard to cope with. Meg can talk about atoms and constellations but she struggles when it comes to talking about the latest Ed Sheeran song. It’s an alien concept to her, another world that she finds hard to make sense of. It’s comforting to know that characters like Meg exist in literature, that make us geeks/nerds feel less alone.

This is why I want to go to be an astronaut: life on Earth is way too complicated.

McLachlan is a master at developing Meg’s character as the story progresses. Meg learns from her mistakes and is forced to go out of her comfort zone. She tends to rely on logic and facts but soon finds herself listening to the beat of her own heart. It’s heartwarming to read and I shed a little tear as Meg did her speech at the end. It made me release that we all have our own Earth team. Family and friends who support us. We don’t have to do it alone, and only need ask for help should we need it.

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The way McLachlan employs imagery is cosmic to read. I found the use of the state of Meg’s flat as a reflection of how she is feeling worked perfectly. Only towards the end when she tries to clear some space does she start to begin to think differently and beyond the chaos. Up until that point only her room is precisely how she wants it, she can control the chaos within her four walls. What she can’t control is everyone else. She has to learn to accept it for what it is and try to deal with the situation as best she can. That sometimes life needs a little bit of chaos and it’s not always a bad thing.

The strong theme of chaos is very present in this book. More and more teenagers are looking after their siblings and have an absent parent. We only need watch Children In Need and can see how real this crisis is. A lot of teenagers are being forced to take on adult responsibilities before they are ready to, causing a domino effect that tumbles out of control. Stargazing For Beginners gives teenagers hope and shows them that there is always someone willing to help. That wishing on stars is not as silly as it sounds and one day, things will get better for them.

I’ve realised that space isn’t an escape from the chaos of human beings, it’s something I have because of the chaos of human beings.

Encouraging people to follow their dreams no matter how big or small is always, always important and I love how McLachlan involves this throughout the book. As someone who was always told I couldn’t write because I had dyslexia, I strived to prove people wrong. And boy did I. I got my degree (2:1 might I add) in Creative Writing and Film Studies.*sticks tongue out* So you can imagine how much of a friend I found in Meg when I discovered that she had big dreams. Big dreams that made people give her the same look I got when I replied to, “What do you want to do with your life?” Dreams that made me, like Meg doubt whether it was possible, but our determination surged us through to success and the chance to prove everyone wrong. Never give up on your dreams and who you are. Shine bright like the shiny sparkling star you are because after all, we are all stardust.

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I found myself smiling, tearing up and laughing throughout this book.  You can not help but feel good once you finish the last sentence. I challenge anyone who reads this to not go through the emotions, I double dare you!

I give Stargazing For Beginners By Jenny McLachlan a Five out of Five paw rating.

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It’s witty, creative and overall gives you this warm fuzzy feeling that you can’t help but love. A story of never giving up and holding onto your dreams. With a dash of chaos, friendship and love thrown into the mix it’s the perfect coming of age story. Grab yourself a copy and next time you look up at the stars, remember your dreams are always within your grasp. Save 30% when you order a copy from Boolino for only£5.59!!! Your journey to the stars begins here! http://www.boolino.co.uk/kids-childrens-books/stargazing-for-beginners/

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I am already looking forward to reading more of McLachlan’s work as there was an extract for Flirty Dancing at the back. Her writing style is addictive and one that makes you not want to put the book down until the very last page. Another talented author added to my list!  For more information about the author check out the links below!

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Thank you to Boolino for sending me yet another fabulous read. These guys are passionate about reading and I love it. Check them out and discover something new to add to your bookshelf today!

http://www.boolino.co.uk

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Also thank you to Bloomsbury! Keep publishing books like this with such talented authors. Have a browse of their massive selection of adventures on the link below. You can never have too many books.

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