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    Oi Dog – Kes & Claire Gray & Jim Field

    ‘”Oi Dog! Get off the frog!” said the frog. ‘But I like sitting on frogs,’ said the dog. ‘Frogs are all squishy and squashy and when you sit on them they go plurppppppppppp'” Tired of being sat on by dogs, the frog is changing the rules. He no longer wants cats to sit on mats, frogs to sit on logs and dogs to sit on frogs. Oh no, it’s all change in the rhyming world! *** I think this is quite possible my favourite of the Lollies 2017 shortlisted books. It is hilariously funny and takes the well known rhyme about cats sitting on mats and frogs on logs and…

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    The Night Box – Louise Greig & Ashling Lindsay

    “Day is yawning.  Quiet settles in the trees.  The birds fold their wings,  The singing stops.” When Max turns a magical key and opens the Night Box, darkness swoops out, a fox uncurls and a thousand stars sparkle and shine. The Night comes out to play.  ***  This book is magical and mystical and perfect for older children who are struggling with night time darkness. This tells them, reminds them, that there isn’t anything to be worried about in the dark. Although it can seem a bit scary and a bit odd. The darkness is wonderful and magical and the foxes, owls and other nighttime animals all think so. And…

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    Woolf – Alex Latimer & Patrick Latimer

    A wolf and a sheep fall in love. They have a son that they call Woolf – he’s half wolf, half woolly sheep! This is Woolf’s story. It’s not easy being different – not quite fitting in with one group or another. When Woolf tries to impress the wolves, he finds it fun for a while, but they’re a bit too wild. When when he tries to follow the sheep, he finds it all a bit, well, boring. Can Woolf find his own way in life and make his own friends that like him for who he is, not who he’s trying to be? *** A wolf in sheep’s clothing…

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    Danny McGee Drinks The Sea – Andy Stanton & Neal Leyton

    “One summer’s day, Danny and Frannie McGee hopped into a car and drove down to the sea.”   An utterly hilarious Seussian picture book–with a surprise ending–about a mischievous little boy who gobbles up everything in the whole entire world, except for one very important thing. . . .   *** Danny McGee Drinks The Sea was an interesting read. I found it funny but a bit too silly for my liking and Spike wasn’t too on board with the illustration style of it. It merges actual images with illustration and does so in a way I’ve only ever seen done on TV before. Its not an illustration style I…

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    The Prince of Pants – Andy MacDonald & Sarah McIntyre

    “Prince Pip jumped out of bed. Today was his birthday!  ‘Now which pants should I wear?’ He thought.  Prince Pip had pants of all kinds – purple, gold.  Starry, dotty, zebra stripes and leopard spotty.” It’s Prince Pip’s birthday, and he can’t wait to choose a pair of pants to wear on his special day. But when he goes to his pants drawer, it’s empty! Where have all his pants gone? Could it be that the palace has planned a very special, pants-tastic surprise party? *** As a big fan of Sarah McIntyre’s work from what I’ve read before, I was excited to learn that this book was up for…

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    Everybunny dance – Ellie Sandall

    “Nobody is watching. Now’s the perfect chance. Ready bunny, steady bunny,  EVERYBUNNY DANCE!” A delightfully exuberant story about friendship and looking beyond appearances from a talented young picture book creator. Did you know that bunnies love to dance? Did you know they love to sing and play the flute? There’s a lot they get up to when nobody’s watching! But while they’re having fun, they don’t notice that a fox is creeping nearer. *** Oh I loved this book. It’s a strong, fast rhyming book all about bunnies who dance and have fun until a fox comes along. They hide and everything goes a little slower while they work out what…

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    Barefoot on the Wind – Zoe Marriott

    “There is a monster in the forest, whispered the trees.  ‘I know, Sister.’ I patted the vast trunk of an ancient cedar with one sun-browned hand as I passed. ‘I know.’ The tree shuddered a little. I turned away to crouch by the body of the serow I had just brought down. Its thrashing and struggling had already stopped. My fingers sank into theo soft, greyish fur as I turned it over and looked down into the animals swiftly clouding eyes.” Everyone in Hana’s remote village on the mountain knows that straying too far into the woods is a death sentence. When Hana’s father goes missing, she is the only…

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    Scholastic announce Lollies 2017 shortlist

    Have you heard the news? Michael Rosen, novelist, poet and former Children’s Laureate, has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (The Lollies!) and its looking great! Now in its second year the Lollies was created by Scholastic to celebrate the funniest children’s books around. Michael Rosen is known for championing fun books and poems and said of the shortlist: “This is a collection of 12 whizzy, crazy, hilarious books. They are guaranteed to tickle. Parents and teachers wondering how to keep your children interested in reading, why not start here? And you can always start them off by reading them out loud – funny voices an’ all!”…

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    Review: Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

    “For busy dogs a busy day Of busy work and busy play” It’s a dog’s life in the big city but there’s someone who doesn’t quite fit in. It’s lonely being the odd dog out, so she packs her case and travels around the world to try to find her place in it. Maybe it’ll take a different kind of journey for her to discover that the place she’s meant to be is right back where she started. *** I absolutely adore this picture book. I think its quite possibly one of my favourite of all time… and I keep reading it to Spike because she seems to enjoy it…

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    The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat – Coral Rumble and Charlotte Cooke

    “The owl and the pussycat went to seaIn a box on the living room floor. They sailed away for a year and a day And these are the things they saw…” This retelling of the brilliantly well known Owl and the Pussycat poem could have gone pone of two ways. It could have been a dive and not been a patch on the original, or it could have taken the original and mastered it into something new and just as brilliant. Thankfully for me and Spike, it was the latter!  *** The retelling involves a sibling pair dressed as an owl and a pussycat, reflecting the imaginary world that so…