“The new small person” by Lauren Child

Lauren Child has just be made Children’s laureate, so well deserved! We love her books and “The new small person” is no exception, what a sweet true to life story which a lot of children will be able to relate to when a new sibling arrives.


The book is about a boy called “Elemore Green” he enjoys being an only child – he is able to watch his favourite cartoons, line toys up with them being moved and have all the jelly beans. However one day everything changed, a new arrival! Unfortunately the new arrival enjoys knocking over Elemore’s toys and everyone said Elemore couldn’t get cross because the small person was only small. Elemore couldn’t understand why the small person couldn’t go back to where he came from. As the small person got bigger, things got worse, he even moves into his bedroom! However one night Elemore had a bad dream, which is the start of him realising that maybe having a little brother wasn’t so bad after all!


Such a great story told from a child perspective, with simple humour the children love. The illustrations are wonderful so expressive, simple and colourful. Perfect book to read around the time a new sibling is expected or if a child is struggling with a sibling rivalry.

Great read, highly recommended!

Happy reading x

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Seasonal weaving!

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It is always great to combine nature in our creating! This is a simple way to weave with natural treasures that can be found in the garden or park.

Need: craft sticks (lollypop sticks), glue, sting, natural find e.g. flowers and herbs. Optional: pens to decorate sticks.

I prepared the craft sticks by gluing four into a square, then tying 6 stings across to make the loom.

The children first decorated their sticks/loom- we used sharpies but any felt-tip pens would do.

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We then found flowers and herbs and weaved them into the loom.

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They looked great and smelt amazing! I think this could be done in any season – collecting different natural finds to weave.

Happy creating! xx

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“The Thing” by Simon Puttock

At the weekend I read “The Thing” by Simon Puttock and Daniel Egneus a great clever picture book that will make you think!


One day “a thing” falls from the sky, four animal friends discover it. The animals start to wonder…. What it is? What does it do? Why it was there? Who does it belong to? The animals decide to look after it and soon other people come asking similar questions. News of “the thing” spreads across the world and everyone is asking those same questions. But one day just as it came it went……. Will everything go back to it was before “the thing”?


This open ended story will appeal to wide range of readers. This book is essentially about friendship, compassion, kindness and belonging and could definitely be used to extend children’s thinking and talk about the bigger questions in life. The illustrations are beautiful in a stunning pale palette of colours.

Wonderful thoughtful picture book, highly recommend!

Happy reading x

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Dog picture books!

We were recently sent a couple of dog themed books which we have been enjoying and it has inspired us to share some of our favourite doggy picture books!

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“Dog on wheels” by Gillian McClure This book is about a dog called “Dubbin” who enjoys travelling on his skateboard. He takes his friend Todd and Todd’s bone for a walk. Dubbin can go super-fast on his wheels but Todd can’t keep up and keeps dropping his bone. Todd soon gets fed up so they decide to bury the bone until they come back, however on their return the bone is gone and Todd is very upset. Has someone been following them? Can Dubbin on his wheels find the bone? Can Dubbin get away from the big dog? Can Dubbin on his wheels save the day?

The children really enjoyed the book, they notice different things about the story each time they read it! As the characters go on their journey the book uses repeated language which children really enjoy joining in with. Also the story contains lots of positional language so the book could be used as good tool for teaching this language to young children.


“Oi dog!” by Kes Gray, we absolutely loved “Oi, frog!” and this follow up book is just perfect! Find out more on my post.

“What I think about when I think about……… running” by Eleanor Levenson and Katie O’Hagan As soon as I showed this book to the children, they found the title very funny! It is a simple book about what a dog might think about when they are running, things such as cats, being a puppy and balls. The last page really made them laugh out loud!

I think this book could be used to discuss the emotions we feel when thinking about different things and events. The children really enjoyed this book and it would be great if you have a family dog!

“Dogs don’t do ballet” by Anna Kemp This book is about a girl who owns a dog but her dog doesn’t do the normal things dog do, instead he thinks he is a ballerina! The girl tries to persuade her dad to let the dog come to her ballet class but her Dad says “Dogs don’t do ballet”, however the dog sneaks into her ballet class but the teacher says “Dogs don’t do ballet!” But will her dog finally get to show off his skills? Can dogs actually do ballet? A wonderful picture books for dog fans and ballet fans alike!


“Some dogs do” by Jez Alborough This is a story about a dog called Sid who when he feels happy he can fly! Unfortunately none of his friends or teachers at school believe him, so he feels very upset. Will he ever be able to fly again? Will his friends ever believe him? A great fun story!

Reading these dog picture books inspired us to get creative. Look at these dog collage made with vintage paper!

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What is your favourite doggy picture book?

Happy reading xxx

Thank you Andrea Reece at troika books for sending me “Dog on wheels” by Gillian McClure and “What I think about when I think about……… running” by Eleanor Levenson and Katie O’Hagan. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest- all thoughts are my own.


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“Daddy’s sandwich” a book celebrating Dad’s!

Are you looking for a book to read around Father’s day? Last week in the library we found this book “Daddy’s sandwich” by Pip Jones and Laura Hughes such a cute simple story celebrating Dad’s!


The story is about a girl who decides to make her Dad a perfect sandwich. She starts to think about what her Dad likes……….. butter…… cheese…..tomato……… his slippers……..his phone………her drawings…….and much more but not forgetting a big squirt of ketchup………. Has she remembered the thing Daddy loves most!?? What is the final surprise?


This book is about a simple act of kindness which escalates into a very silly funny story! The illustrations are vibrant and warm with funny details. I think this is perfect book to read around Father’s day, which could led to discussions about what Daddy’s like and what makes them special.

What an amusing and charming story, a great picture book! xx

Check out my post about homemade gifts children can make and give this Father’s day!

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Blowing watercolours!

Super simple idea but always lots of fun and it always creates unique pieces of art!

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Need: Watercolour paper, paint (we used liquid watercolours, but you could use block water colours watered down or watered down normal paint), paint brush or pipet, a drinking straw and a lot of puff!

The children used the pipets to put drops of paint on their paper. They did it with several different colours then they blew through the straw to move the paint over the paper. They can add more paint if so desired!

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The children loved the process and the way the paints mixed together to create new colours. I think they look stunning!

Happy creating! xx

Check out this post for more watercolour ideas!

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An important book “The journey”

Today I read the book “The journey” by Francesca Sanna for the first time, what an amazing important book to share with our children! It is a book I will not forget!


“The journey” tells the story of a family that make that awful decision to flee their home to escape the danger and chaos of war. The book starts with easy simple family life but as war hits life goes from bad to worse, they embark on a journey in hope of a better life.  The journey includes travelling at night to avoid being seen and paying to pass through borders. However the journey finally leads them to safety ………refuge.


This is a heart-breaking story, though full of fear the family always hold on to the hope of a better place to live. The illustrations are bright and vivid and really capture the emotions of each page.

Children have often heard the word “refugee” through the news, this book is a perfect introduction to help explain what it means and what it might be like. I think this book could provoke a lot of great discussion, I recommend this book to everyone and a must have for every school!

Beautiful book for the time we are living in, highly recommended!

Happy reading!

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