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Otter’s Coat Cordellya Smith 4*#Review #CordellyaSmithAuthor @RandomTTours #OttersCoat #BlogTour #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #kidlit #picturebook

When Rabbit hears the animals talking about what a beautiful coat Otter has, he becomes jealous. 

After he tricks Otter out of the coat, Turtle races to make sure it is returned to the true owner. 

This story is a Cherolachian (Cherokee + Appalachian) retelling of the Tortoise and the Hare.

This twist on the classic Aesop’s fable is beautifully illustrated and one that both children and adults will enjoy – over and over again. 

Young readers also love discovering where chipmunk is hiding in the illustrations as they turn from one page to the next.

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

I like the colourful illustrations and the excitement of the race between the rabbit and the turtle. The short chapters are engaging. The game of finding the hidden chipmunks make this a fun read with a positive message for children about behaviour. It was interesting to read a different interpretation of a familiar story.

Cordellya Smith

Originally from the mountains of Kentucky, Cordellya Smith is a storyteller who loves to share stories that provide children with versions of beloved tales that reflect her Cherokee and Appalachian roots.  A first-generation college graduate, Cordellya works to promote literacy and a lifetime love of reading.  

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Childrens Books, Friendship, Motivational, New Books

Dreamy Days and Random Naps Mawson 4*#Review @MawsonBear @OdysseyBooks #PictureBook #Lovebookstours #BlogTour #Motivational #BookReview @lovebookstours @igbooktours @KellyALacey #DreamyDaysandRandomNaps #MondayBlogs

Mawson Bear awakes and ponders on the art of creative napping. Scotland the Brave imagines doing great deeds. Professors Caddy and Bree hold the highest hopes for their visionary inventions. Samantha sees wondrous things all around her. The Seekers journey all the way to the edge of the world, being sure to return, of course, by bedtime.

Flop down and relax awhile with Mawson and his drowsy friends. Refresh the soul in the tranquillity of simple joys and innocent dreams.

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.


My Thoughts…

Having read ‘She Ran Away’ by Mawson, I knew that this picture book would have messages and thoughts for adults and children. Mawson and his bear friends discuss the importance of dreams and napping. The photographs reflect the text and are lovely. Following your dreams, remaining hopeful and giving your mind a rest from everyday routine and problems are recurrent themes.

This book promotes mindfulness and is an excellent thought-provoking discussion tool for children and adults.

Mawson is a big-hearted, soul searching Writer-Bear. His little books are stuffed with moments of happiness for frazzled grownups. Ever since he can remember, Mawson has loved to sit atop a cushion and ponder about this baffling world he has found himself in. Friends approach him about their own dilemmas. They seek instant answers that will make everything all right. Mawson does he is best by pondering even more deeply. But he often falls asleep and wakes as baffled as ever.

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Why not slow down and relax a while with Mawson’s friends in their cosy, whimsical world. Refresh the soul in the tranquility of innocent hours and simple joys.

Read my review of She Ran Away From Love

Posted in Childrens Books, Cover Reveal, New Books, Non-Fiction

SuSTYLEability Lexi Rees #CoverReveal @lexi_rees #ActivityBook #Learning #Sustainability @rararesources #SuSTYLEability

suSTYLEability (noun)
The art of making small changes to the way we dress in order to make big changes in the world.

If you love fashion and want to live more sustainably, this activity book will help you create a wardrobe that reflects your personal style AND is mindful of the impact the fashion industry has on the environment and human welfare.

•              Learn the shocking facts about fashion
•              Make better choices when shopping
•              Develop your own unique style
•              Have fun with friends and family
•              Discover unique ways to upstyle and upcycle your wardrobe

•              Give old clothes a second life with creative crafts

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Out Summer 2022!


Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south where she’s a slave to carrot obsessed gelding, a frisky mare, a dog who’s convinced he’s not been fed in a month, and a house of hungry boys.

She writes action-packed adventures and fun activity books for children. She’s passionate about reducing her footprint on the planet and becoming more self-sufficient.

She has an active programme of school visits and other events is a Book PenPal for three primary schools and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.

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Posted in Book Review, Childrens Books, Motivational, New Books, Parenting and Famlies

Mike Nero and the Superhero School Natasha Carlow #Illustrator Kyle Stephen @natasha_carlow @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours #BlogTour #KidLit #ChildrensBooks #BookReview #MikeNeroandtheSuperheroSchool

Can I tell you something about this school? You see this isn’t a regular school. This is a superhero school…” 

First days can be tough, especially for someone as shy as Mikey but Mikey’s new school is a little different. On his first day, he meets his principal and some incredible children who help him discover his own superpower within and he learns that no matter what we may look like on the outside, everyone has something that makes them valuable. 

Can Mikey learn to use his newfound superpower to make his school a better place for all students?

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My Thoughts…

This is an engaging story for young children that explores how being different is a positive thing and the importance of being inclusive and kind to everyone.

We share Mikey’s experiences as he visits his new school. He is nervous and wonders if he will make friends. The concepts are easy to understand and reinforced by the illustrations. Mikey realises that his new classmates understand each other’s differences. The story focuses on the positives and celebrates kindness and understanding.

Natasha Carlow

Natasha is a wife and mother of two amazing rainbow babies. She resides in Trinidad and Tobago, where she works as an Itinerant Counsellor working in Youth and Guidance. She is the author of the award-winning Happy Tears and Rainbow Babies, which tells the story of how faith brought healing and hope to her family after the pain and loss of miscarriages. Her experience with grief and loss moved her to create avenues for other families in her country experiencing similar things. She is a contributing writer at and Her View from Home. Inspired by her son, Natasha wrote her newest book MIke Nero and the Superhero School which focuses on a young boy with special needs and how he comes to discover the superhero within himself. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking fancy restaurant meals at home and eating them in her pyjamas.


Posted in Adventure Fiction, Blog Blitz, Book Review, Childrens Books, Fantasy, New Books, Travel

Finn and Fred’s Arctic Adventure 5*#Review #JocelynPorter #LeoBrown #illustrator @FullMediaLtd #FinnandFredsArcticAdventure #PictureBook #SavethePlanet #ChildrensBooks #Kidlit #BlogBlitz @rararesources #BookReview #CornishSealSanctuary

“My bus takes off with a sonic boom, straight through the wall and out of my room…”

Finn and Fred Octopus are off on a magical adventure to the Arctic. They meet a kindly seal, a hungry polar bear and an angry walrus. The whales sing to Finn, and Finn arrives home with an important message to share…

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I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Finn and Fred go on a fun adventure to the arctic. They meet various arctic creatures and see how global warming damages their habitats. The easy to read text, and bright illustrations, make it easy for children to understand environmental issues.

This story will appeal to young readers and is perfect for families to read together and discuss.

Jocelyn’s writing career began when she was asked to write a story for a preschool magazine. That story was the first of many. Jocelyn became the writer/editor of several preschool magazines and continued in that role for 15 years. Writing one new story every month, plus rhymes and activities was a tough gig, but very exhilarating. Time is the big difference between writing for a magazine and writing a book. You see your work on the supermarket shelves within a few weeks of completion. A book takes longer – a lot longer. Jocelyn has to be patient now – not something she’s good at. Before becoming a writer, Jocelyn worked in higher education as International Students Officer. It was a rewarding and interesting job even though she was on call 24/7. Jocelyn also trained as a counsellor and volunteered at drop-in centres. She never knew who would arrive for counselling and had to be prepared for anything. This work gave her insight into some of the darker corners of life. Motorsport was one of Jocelyn’s early loves, she had the spine-tingling thrill of taking part in a 24-hour national rally as navigator – those were the days when rallies were held on public roads! Jocelyn worked as an au pair in Paris in her teens. Having visited the city on a school trip, she fell in love with it, and always wanted to return. Jocelyn’s first book published by Full Media is The King Who Didn’t Like Snow, illustrated by Michael S Kane. Finn and Fred’s Arctic Adventure is her second book under Full Media and is illustrated by Leo Brown.


Posted in Book Review, Childrens Books, Friendship, New Books

Keiller the Cathedral Cat in Trouble Jane Phillips Drawings by Lorna Gray 5*#Review @cosybookbinder #picturebook #JanePhillips #ChildrensBook #kidlit #BookReview #humour @CrumpsBarn #cats #pets #KeillertheCathedralCatinTrouble

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My Thoughts…

This is a lovely story about Keiller, the Cathedral cat. His latest adventure begins when a new member of the family arrives. Keiller is a charming character guaranteed to appeal to the young and everyone who loves animals. The story captures the nuances of a cat’s life, particularly when a new puppy disrupts Keiller’s calm. Humour is at its heart. The importance of community and friendship for everyone defines this story and leaves the reader with an uplifting feeling.

The drawings make this story memorable and bring the characters to vibrant life.

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Pippin and the Medicine Penny Wright #illustrator Lorna Gray 5*#Review @cosybookbinder #picturebook #ChildrensBook #kidlit #BookReview #humour @CrumpsBarn #PennyWright #cats #pets #PippinandtheMedicine


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My Thoughts…

This story will appeal to people who share their lives with cats as it succinctly captures cat behaviour in vivid illustrations and text. Inspired by a real-life occurrence, this follows the life of a family cat and what happens when he falls ill. It is upbeat and humorous, and the illustrations vividly tell the story too.

It is engaging reading for young people as it shows that medicine, although often unpleasant, does a worthwhile job. The focus is on the cat’s antics, and it’s a humorous read.

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At The Bottom of Dudley’s Garden Dinah Mason Eagers #illustrator Anna Platts 5*#Review #picturebook #savetheplanet #ChildrensBook #kidlit #environment #flowers #bees #pollenation #AtTheBottomofDudleysGarden #BookReview @CrumpsBarn #DinahMasonEagers #AnnaPlatts

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My Thoughts…

Full of bright illustrations, this lovely book shows young readers the importance of wildflowers to the ecosystem. It is a fantasy tale about flowers and bees with a relevant message about preserving nature and saving the planet.

Inspired by a real-life environmentalist and his garden, the story is easy to read and understand. It will provoke questions about the environment.

Posted in Book Review, Childrens Books, New Books, Poetry

The Fantastic World of Crackonola Mike Mogg 4*#Review #picturebook #poetry #ChildrensBook #kidlit #TheFantasticWorldofCrackonola #BookReview @CrumpsBarn #MikeMogg

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I received a copy of this book from Crumps Barn Studio in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This fun book has colourful comic illustrations that complement the verse. Intended as a children’s book of poetry, it will also appeal to an older generation as it has a classic style. The poems are of various lengths and make you smile. The picture book is beautifully presented and would make a lovely gift.