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    Teaching Spike about amazing women this International Women’s Day

    Today is International Women’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with books!  This year we were lucky enough to be gifted some incredible books from Egmont to highlight incredible women. Two for me and two for Spike… And I wanted to share them with you today.  Captain Sparklebeard – Spike’s picture book I knew as soon as I saw Captain Sparklebeard by Tim Knapman and Sam Lloyd that I wanted it for our collection. spoilers ahead! A book about a little girl who wants to eats ape the horrible life she has, who is shunned by pirates for being a girl… yet goes on to become the best…

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    What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

    “Arthur – Monday, July 9th I am not a New Yorker, and I want to go home.  There are so many unspoken rules when you live here, like the way you’re never supported to stop in the middle of the sidewalk or stare dreamily up at tall buildings or pause to read graffiti. No giant folding maps, no fanny packs, no eye contact. No humming songs from Dear Evan Hansen in public.” Arthur and Ben. Non-native New Yorker thrown into the city, and New Yorker through and through. After a chance meeting at the post office the boys leave wondering. What if they can’t find each other again, what if…

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    I’ll be Home For Christmas – a YA Anthology

    Supporting homeless charity Crisis, this collection of short stories explores the lives of a number of young adults as they venture into very different Christmases. I have enjoyed reading short stories more and more since having Spike. I don’t have the time to commit to a book in full anymore and short stories give me the ideal reason to pick up a book for 10 minutes. This is why I thought I’ll be Home for Christmas was the ideal thing to read over the Christmas period last year. It features a number my favourite authors; Cat Clarke, Non Pratt and Juno Dawson. As well as a couple I’ve been meaning…

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    We Come Apart – Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

    “Caught You have to be quick, none of this pretending to be browsing business that some shoplifters go for. It’s in grab what you want and out again.” Jess is pro at shoplifting. But she’s not so pro at making friends. Thats why she gets thrown into the Reparation Scheme. Nicu misses home and hates being stuck in this foreign land. He wants nothing more than to go home, until he gets caught stealing a bar of chocolate and meets Jess. *** I have mentioned it before and will probably mention it again, but I love books written in verse. Especially when they are written by Sarah Crossan like We…

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    Wolfy – Grégoire Solotareff

    “There was once a rabbit who had never seen a wolf… …and a young wolf who had never seen a rabbit. The young wolf’s uncle decided to take him out for his first ever hunting trip. But that day, the old wolf was in such a hurry, he crashed into a rock and fell down dead.”   Wolfy and Tom meet and become good friends. Tom the rabbit teaches the wolf to play marbles, read, count and fish. Wolfy teaches Tom to run very, very fast. But eventually their friendship is tested by the classic game Who’s-afraid-of-the-big-bad-wolf? Can the little rabbit and the young wolf remain best friends in all…

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    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre

    We were very lucky to have hit the theatre in London last week to watch the fantastic and highly anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. As many of you may know, I am very, very into Harry Potter. I loved the series when I read it. I love the movies. I dress my child and myself in Harry Potter themed clothing and I even have a Harry Potter bedspread. So needless to say, I was very much looking forward to the stage show. I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last year, not long after the book came out. I wasn’t overly impressed with the story, but I did…

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    Kings of the Castle – Victoria Turnbull 

    “’Be back by dawn!’ George didn’t want to waste the night moonbathing He wanted to build a sandcastle” When George sets out for a night of sandcastle building, he doesn’t expect to be met by a sea creature by the name of Nepo. As the two try to understand each other, and Boris the dog gets in the way, a true friendship forms. Together they are magical, together they can do anything. Together they can be Kings of the Castle. ***   What a beautiful story and what stunning images!   You will need to see this book in person to understand its true beauty. It’s the reason I picked…

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    Goodnight Baby Moon – James Mitchem & Claire Patane

    “The Rabbits gazed at the Moon and its cool, gentle light…  While out for their walk on a warm summer night.”  This very special bedtime tale about the moon is sure to set little ones on their own journey of amazing dreamland discoveries.  ***   Featuring a family of rabbits who spend their time looking at the moon, the story is a sweet, quick read about how the moon changes through the month and how it goes away but comes back again. Its the perfect way to teach little ones about the phases of the moon and how it disappears once a month then makes its way back into our…

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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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    Marly’s Ghost – David Levithan

    “Marly was dead, to begin with. There was no doubt whatsoever about that. I had been there. When she went off the treatments, she decided she wanted to die at home, and she wanted me to be there with her family. So I sat, and I waited, and I was destroyed.”  Its been four months since Ben’s girlfriend Marly died. Four long, hard months filled with grief, sadness and loneliness. He cannot get her off his mind and has retreated from his friends. With Valentine’s Day approaching Ben feels more alone and miserable than ever, and he isn’t afraid to share that misery. He is ignoring his friends, telling a…