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This post was meant to go live on Thursday, in time for #WorldBookDay. My post scheduling had a blip while we were in Spain! So, a little later than planned here is a wonderfully funny book we have been reading whilst on our holidays in Spain. I’d love to share with you Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party written by Lucy Coats, which was published last month.
Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party is a wonderful 32 page picture book, aimed at children aged 3 years and over, so perfect for my pirate mad 4 year old Monkey. The illustrations from Chris Mould really help to bring this humorous tale to life.
We count down the days to Captain Beastlie’s birthday, great for anyone learning the days of the week and numbers. He’s a rather messy pirate, can’t help but cover himself in food. He is not in the least bit dashing.
What will happen on the big day? Do Captain Beastlie’s crew have a surprise in store? Oh yes they do! No, don’t worry, they don’t mutiny, they don’t make Captain Beastlie walk the plank. They give him a wonderful makeover, but how long can the Captain stay clean for??
With pongy patches and rotten cabbages, Monkey has loved the descriptive language in this story, it really has become a firm favourite. It get’s a resounding thumbs up here on #WorldBookDay.
disclaimer: we were sent this book for the purpose of review, our comments remain our own honest opinions
As regular readers will know, we live fairly close to Blenheim Palace, and it’s been a regular haunt since Monkey was born. The Saturday before last saw us going back to the Palace with one of our NCT families. The sun was out (in the most part), the rain stayed away, and we had a lovely afternoon.
We managed to miss the train twice, but Monkey was quite happy just watching it go past, waving to the passengers and saying hello.
We bumped into one of my old housemates and her two children too. It was a lovely afternoon, the children played so well together. Monkey and his friend O have similar temperaments which has caused conflict in the past. But going back to the Palace on this day was a pleasure. The boys just really enjoyed each others company. O’s younger brother watched on as they played in the sandpit. They made tunnels and mountains. They were just two 4 year old boys having a great time.
The boys and I played hide and seek from O’s Mummy. We were all in fits of laughter, especially when I tried to hide behind a little tree. Our beloved Butterfly House has been pretty much demolished. It is going to be restored and opens again in April. Something to look forward to.
We treated ourselves to a warm drink and Monkey wanted a chocolate ice cream. It was a lovely way to round off a great week.
We admired all the trees and look forward to seeing them covered in leaves in a few months time.
Going back to the Palace is always a wonderful experience, we have so many memories of happy play dates there, so many picnics shared. It really is our favourite place to visit.
The title of our next Nosy Crow book is so apt for this household. Books Always Everywhere is a simple book for children aged 1 years and over, written by Jane Blatt.
Books Always Everywhere has a couple of words per page describing the lovely illustrations by Sarah Massini. It’s a great book for discussion. Monkey is 4 years old and we’ve talked about the different kinds of books that he has that match those described in Books Always Everywhere. Small books, large books, tall books and so on. The font of the text is great for learning letters and I think Monkey will enjoy learning to read this book himself.
Through Books Always Everywhere we see what we can do with books and where we can read them, how we can all enjoy them.
This is a very different sort of picture book for us, far fewer words, but actually it’s given us so much to talk about. Monkey loves his books, and Books Always Everywhere has given him the springboard to talk about the kinds of books he likes me to read to him.
We’ve enjoyed experiencing Books Always Everywhere.
disclaimer: we were sent this book for the purpose of review, our comments remain our own honest opinions
The second Tracey Corderoy book I have to review for you is Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam. A totally different book from Just Right for Two.
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam is a paperback picture book full of rhyming text. The illustrations by Steven Lenton are brilliant. We meet two robber dogs who are terrible thieves. Wherever they go, then end up coming home empty-handed. They decided that they might have better luck if they try to rob their neighbours!
Their dastardly plan involves a lot of cake making, one of our favourite things. The neighbours were lured to a party with cakes as far as the eye could see. Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam planned to steal from their neighbours whilst they were tucking into the culinary delights.
Well we all know that crime doesn’t pay, sure enough these villans got caught in the act, with surprising results. Apparently it’s never too late for old dogs to learn new tricks!
This book is aimed at children 3 years and over, it’s a really fun book to read, Monkey has thoroughly enjoyed it. Another big thumbs up here.
disclaimer: we were sent this book for the purpose of review, our comments however, remain our own honest opinions
There’s nothing worse than being away from home at this time of year, you hear that the weather has taken a change for the worse, and you know you’ll be coming home to a freezing home. Before I had a family, I often took my main holiday over Christmas and New Year. I’d return to the UK from somewhere tropical to minus 5 degrees, the heating wouldn’t be on. It was still set on our normal timings. Chilly! well times have changed and should the need arise while we are away this time, Hive could be keeping our house warm.
Hive is an offspring of the British Gas team and have set up an exciting new product which lets you monitor, alter and control your heating and hot water all through the touch of a button on your smartphone or browser! You can adjust your schedules and temperatures away from home with the option for alerts to be sent to your mobile if temperatures reach a certain level.
This video explains more about Hive and what it can do for you.
I love the idea that while I’m drinking a cafe con leche in a hopefully sunny part of Spain this week, if it’s sub-zero at home, Hive could be keeping our house warm. No need to worry about frozen or burst pipes, no need to arrive home in the early hours to a freezing cold home. Anything that takes a little stress out of my life is a good thing!
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Well by the time you all read this, hopefully we will be on our way to Spain. Mum is 70 next week so we’re off to celebrate with her and Guru Gramps. While you are all flipping pancakes on 4th March, we’ll be eating birthday cake. I have tried to persuade Mum that she really should spend the day changed to the cooker making us pancakes, but she’s declined – lol. I’ve not been organised enough to have a whole host of posts pre-scheduled so it will be a tad quiet here for a change! See you in a week
Now for something rather sweet, Just Right for Two is the first of two books I shall be reviewing that are written by Tracey Corderoy.
Just Right for Two is a 32 page paperback picture book which was published last summer. It features lovely illustrations throughout by Rosalind Beardshaw. Aimed at children over 3 years of age, it’s a heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship.
We meet Dog and his suitcase full of treasures, he immediately struck a chord with my 4 year old Monkey as they both have special pine cones. Monkey has a whole host of them, collected from near and far. He liked the fact that Dog liked sticks too! Dog was quite happy with his own company and his little blue suitcase until a Mouse came to stay.
Rather reluctantly Dog showed Mouse his treasures and then agreed to one game of hide and seek. Before long Mouse was off on his way, but nothing seemed quite right anymore in Dog’s world. What could be missing?
Just Right for Two really is a lovely read, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, and it’s been a firm favourite at bedtime since it arrived.
disclaimer: we were sent this book for the purpose of review, our comments however remain our own honest opinions.
As you know I was thrilled to announce earlier this week that Heroes of the City will be sponsoring me to attend BritMums Live 2014. Last year I had the chance to review the Heroes of the City App which has become a firm favourite with Monkey. Even better, it’s free!
This is a perfect app for children 2-6 years. The app includes more than six hours of entertaining movies and nine exciting games!
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Now I’m really pleased to be able to offer one of you the chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite with Heroes of the City! It’s worth over £100!
You can read all about the specification for this great tablet here. You’ll be able to entertain the kids for hours with this great prize.
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You will need to download the free Heroes of the City App from iTunes or GooglePlay to be able to answer the mandatory question. Once you’ve done that, then complete the rafflecopter below for your chance to win – good luck everyone!
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