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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.

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

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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.

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My First Animal Moves Darryl Edwards 4* Review @FitnessExplorer #BlogTour #BookReview @rararesources #Motivational #Exercise #Movement #Fun #Animals #MondayBlogs #MyFirstAnimalMoves

Nathan loves to play, but he loves his video games more.

Can a trip to Animal Moves land convince him there’s more fun outdoors? Best-selling author and speaker Darryl Edwards has created this fun adventure inspired by his passion for encouraging kids to move in an ever-increasing sedentary environment.

Discover the joys of animal moves with your little cubs in this first book of movement. Join Nathan and his cute, but the sometimes lazy, dog as they crawl, jump and balance their way through the animal kingdom re-enacting moves designed to emphasise fun. It’s all in this exercise for kids book that focuses on family fun boredom busters.

HELPING KIDS MOVE AND GETTING KIDS OFF SCREENS THROUGH FUN ANIMAL PLAY

  • Do you want to make physical activity for kids fun?
  •  Are you looking for ways to help your children develop strength, coordination and balance?
  • Do your children love learning about animals?
  •  Are you worried about too much TV and screen time?
  • ✓ Do you want to teach young children about the importance of physical activity?
  • ✓ Would you like easy and fun fitness games to include in your day?

My First Animal Moves is your answer. Play along together, keeping everyone healthier and happier, promoting physical, mental and emotional well-being. You’ll all release more mood-enhancing hormones as a result, which help you feel good every day.

It’s written by professional movement coach and award-winning author Darryl Edwards who is best known for his groundbreaking TED Talk “Why working out isn’t working out“, viewed over a million times worldwide. My First Animal Moves distils the ideas in his bestselling Animal Moves book and Animal Moves Fitness Decks into a colourful picture book for children.

A Children’s Book to Encourage Kids and Their Guardians to Move More, Sit Less and Decrease Screen Time.

This unique story takes a different stance from many popular titles in this arena, with a fun activity that encourages children’s active play while aiming to get families moving and reading together. It takes the humour and colour in kids’ yoga books to a whole new energy level with active play for the entire family.

Get My First Animal Moves to help your family thrive through movement today.

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My Thoughts…

The concept behind this vibrant picture book of encouraging children to move more and sit in front of screens less is motivational. Nathan and Lola are engaging characters, and the animals they meet are lovely too. The animal moves are simple to stimulate conversation and development. Children and parents are inspired to exercise together and have fun finding new animal moves.

This book is a fun introduction to movement for young children and their parents.

Darryl Edwards

Darryl Edwards is a Movement Coach, author of the best-selling books “Animal Moves” and “My First Animal Moves”, and a thought leader in the area of creativity and innovation in fitness and health. 

Darryl developed the Primal Play Method™ to inspire others to make physical activity fun while getting healthier and more robust in the process. 

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Horsing Around Lexi Rees 5*#Review @lexi_rees #Motivational #ActivityBook #Kidlit #ChildrensBooks #Horses #Riding #BlogBlitz #BookReview #Learning #Art #Quiz @rararesources #HorsingAround

Calling all pony fans!

This journal and activity book is bursting with pony-fuelled fun. Whether you’re preparing for your first lesson or out collecting rosettes every weekend, this book has everything you need. 

✓ set your riding goals and track your progress

✓ record your best riding moments

✓ tackle the horsey games and puzzles

✓ test your equestrian knowledge

✓ giggle at the funniest horse jokes

✓ try the fun pony-themed arts and crafts

✓ save your precious pony memories

Can you complete all the challenges and become a riding superstar?

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My Thoughts…

This is an ideal activity journal for any pony obsessed young person. Its easy to understand layout, relevant questions, and horse orientated activities make it educational and fun. It charts both weekly and monthly progress with pony care and riding. There is space to record the pony you rode that week and what activities you did, what you learnt and what you need to practice. There are art projects, quiz and fun activities to complete, all reinforcing knowledge learnt.

Like all the journals written by this author, the emphasis is on having fun. However, her horsey knowledge ensures the young people learn meaningfully too. It will appeal to both boys and girls. It’s the perfect contemporary equivalent of the pony annuals I used to read.

Lexi Rees

Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south where she’s a slave to a 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 wrote Horsing Around in response to a predominance of pink in the existing pony book market which her own son found off-putting.

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her creative writing workbook, 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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The Boy Who Breathed Underwater Izzy Rees 5*#Review @FullMediaLtd #IzzyRees Illustrator Sarah-LeighWills #ChildrensBooks #kidlit #PictureBook #fantasy #wishes @rararesources #TheBoyWhoBreathedUnderWater

When lying in his bed, a boy is visited by a genie. He is given a week to try out different superhero powers. What adventures will he have, and which power will he choose to keep?

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My Thoughts…

When a young boy has a visit from a genie, he is granted superpowers for seven days. Which will he choose? The book’s easy to understand rhyming verse is beautifully illustrated, with bright, humorous images. The boy learns something on every adventure and realises that things aren’t always as good as they first appear to be. This is a story about being happy with who you are and knowing that just because something looks better, it might not be.

The story is perfect for reading to young children or for early readers.

Izzy Rees


Izzy Rees was born in West London, but has spent the last thirty years living in Derby. Ten years ago, when her three girls were young, she began work on a series of rhyming picture books, created in snatched moments, and initially written on small scraps of paper or whatever was available. She always intended to revisit them, and Covid and lockdown presented the opportunity; unable to continue her work as a neuro physiotherapist, working with vulnerable patients, she decided it was now or never! She has written six books so far in the ‘The Boy Who’ series, The Boy Who Breathed Underwater being the first one. The others will be published in the near future.

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The King Who Didn’t Like Snow 5*#Review @FullMediaLtd #JocelynPorter Illustrator Michael S Kane #ChildrensBooks #kidlit #PictureBook #fantasy #positivity #magic #Wizard #Bookworm @rararesources #TheKingWhoDidntLikeSnow

King Mark is a higgledy-piggledy king and he gets into a pickle every day. “Do something, Bert!” he shouts, and Wizard Bert, and his sidekick, Broderick the bookworm, always save the day. When snow fell on Windy Hill Castle, everyone was delighted – except for King Mark! King Mark didn’t like snow and he started to sulk. Will Bert and Broderick save the day again? Will King Mark walk into trouble? Do the children of Windy Hill Village have the answer…?

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My Thoughts…

This is a fun story involving a wizard, bookworm and a King who always liked to get his way. Bert the wizard and Broderick the bookworm found pleasure in simple things like conversation and playing games. The King liked everything easy, and if it wasn’t, he asked his wizard to change things. This is a story about looking at things positively and making the most of what you have. The story is easy to read and has humour and positivity.

This is a good book to read to young children and one that early readers should enjoy too.

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.


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The Whisker Twitchers Kathy Tallentire 5*#Review @AyupNanaDuck #Illustrator Becky Stout #kidlit #PictureBook #ChildrensBooks @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #TheWhiskerTwitchers #giveaway

Grandad is up to something.

When Bella wakes up to find him gone, she heads to the surface to look for him – but the world looks different.

Can Bella conquer her fear of the unknown to find out what is going on? And where is Grandad?

For bunny lovers everywhere.

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My Thoughts…

The Whisker Twitchers is a beautifully illustrated book about finding the courage to experience new adventures featuring cute rabbits. Bella worries when Grandad behaves oddly, but he keeps his secret until the next day. Bella is amazed and a little scared when faced with snow, but her curiosity makes her brave, and she finds it’s fun.

The text is simple enough for young readers to read and understand. It’s also a perfect book for adults to read and expand and share their experiences of wintry weather antics.

Kathy Tallentire

Writing is a relatively new part of my life. When I go to schools and am introduced as an author it is still a bit of a surprise to me! 

It was the birth of my daughter (in 2016) that changed everything. I had spent many years building up my career in accountancy, accumulating business qualifications and generally working hard in that one field. 

Spending time with my little girl and reading hundreds of different children’s stories really inspired me. My first book, Nana Duck, was published in 2017. It did well and I found that I enjoyed visiting schools and nurseries. There is nothing like reading your story and getting great reactions from a class full of eager little children.

Now, I’m having ideas all of the time. I’m so looking forward to bringing more stories into the world, to seeing my characters come to life through the talented illustrators that I work with, and inspiring more children in my local area and beyond.

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BElieve in YOUrself (BE YOU) Lexi Rees and Sasha Mullen Illustrated by Eveyjoan 5*#Review @lexi_rees @sashadavison87 #Mindfulness #ActivityBook #Kidlit #ChildrensBooks #SelfBelief #BlogTour #BookReview BrainTraining @rararesources #BelieveinYOUrself

Want your child to be more focused, feel calmer, and increase their self-belief?

This unique activity book is packed with fun, creative tasks, plus a wide variety of mindfulness strategies including

  •  visualisation exercises
  • ✓ breathing techniques
  • ✓ mindful arts and crafts 
  • ✓ games to improve focus and concentration 
  • ✓ mind and body detective skills

Written by primary school teacher and founder of Mindful Mentors, Sasha Mullen, and best-selling author and tutor, Lexi Rees, this fully illustrated activity book provides children with the essential tools to be their best selves, every single day.

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My Thoughts…

A book aimed for the primary school age group but with advice, skills and techniques that apply to every age group. Written by an author who excels at activity style books and positivity and a primary school teacher who specialises in mindful mentoring, this book has lots of activities, exercises and games to improve your child’s understanding of how the mind works, how to gain self-confidence and deal with challenging emotions.

The book has engaging illustrations that complement the text and easy to absorb sections. It can be dipped into as required. Each section offers easy to understand facts, examples and games to reinforce the knowledge described there.

Some tasks require interactions with friends or family members, but other learning and practice are individually based. It offers useful techniques to deal with lack of concentration, uncomfortable emotions and promoting self-belief combined with an understanding of how the mind works.

A useful activity book that educates and equips children in a fun way with skills to deal with life positively.

Lexi Rees

Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south. She writes action-packed adventures brim full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints of dystopia. She also writes fun activity books for children. 

Her fantasy adventure, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids. The sequel, Wild Sky, is available now. 

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her Creative Writing Skills workbook, 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.

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

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