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My Favourite Reads This Year

My Current Favourite Books and a Chance to Win an Amazon Voucher

I have read lots of books this year so far and thought I would share some of my favourites for any children looking for a good read. I still have loads of old favourites that I would read time and time again, such as anything by Roald Dahl but these few are some of my new favourites that I would recommend.

Hello, is this planet Earth? by Tim Peake

I absolutely love this book, it has the most amazing pictures and I have looked at it time and time again. There are also some really interesting bits to read but it is mostly the photos I keep coming back to. We have given copies of this book to several of my friends for their birthdays and they have all really liked it – it’s definitely one of those books for all ages.

The Night Spinner by Abi Elphinstone

You can read my full review here but The Night Spinner is easily one of the best books I have read in ages. Full of magic and mystery and plenty of suspense this is definitely worth reading. Best suited to children age 8 plus.

The Midnight Gang by David Walliams

I have not finished this book yet but so far it is brilliant and certainly as good as anything else I have  read by David Walliams, I think I will whizz through it in no time!

The Enid Blyton Mystery Series

I have been working my way through these 15 books over the last few weeks and although they were written years ago and feel quite old fashioned in some ways they are still really good stories. I would also recommend these for children age 8 plus.

Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

This is a brilliant book for Star Wars fans and is absolutely full of facts and information. I have been dipping in and out of this for months.

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May the Fourth Be With You! Star Wars Competition

I am quite obsessed with Star Wars. I have watched all the films and read lots of books, I have t-shirts, LEGO, Stationary, teddies and Pyjamas. I probably know more about Star Wars than I do anything else!

As lots of my friends are equally big fans we spend a lot of our school play times talking about Star Wars and playing Star Wars type games. You can imagine we are all getting quite excited about Star Wars Day!

We have been excitedly checking the deals at the LEGO store and seeing what else is happening. Now I just need to convince my Mum that she really does want to take us all the way across to the LEGO store after school on May The Fourth!

I asked if we could run a competition for Star Wars Day and my parents agreed but now we have brought the prize I am too excited for someone to win it so I am starting it a bit early.

We are giving one lucky winner the following Star Wars bundle-

Rouge One on DVD

Star Wars Wallet

Star Wars Fridge Magnet

Light Sabre pen set

Star Wars Activity pack

Star Wars disposable watch

Star Wars Hero Mashers Shadow Trooper

Star Wars Travel Mug

Good Luck!

 

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Splashing About- TERM Wellies Review and a chance to win!

We seem to have spent the last few weeks battling illnesses and bugs so when the weekend came and everyone was well we were all desperate to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air. It also seemed a perfect time for Lottie to try out her lovely new Term wellies that she had been sent to test.

Lottie had a birthday party in the morning so we  all went off to pick her up and after a short delay with a very flat tyre we headed off to the lakes.

We had a great afternoon scooting and running around and enjoyed the play area. Lottie really enjoyed wearing her new boots which until then she had just been wearing to dance around the house in.

She says they are REALLY comfortable and lovely and warm. I am quite jealous as they don’t go up to my size! I would definitely have a pair if they did. Sam loves them too, he keeps stealing them from the cupboard and putting them on when Lottie isn’t looking! We will need to get him his own pair so that she actually gets to wear them when she needs them!

There is a really good choice of colours. Lottie went with the bright red pair and they are really nice. They have a toasty inner lining which keeps them warm in the winter and can come out in the Summer. This also allows a bit more room when your feet grow. They have a little reflective bit at the back too which is useful to help keep you safer at night.

My Mum says that at £21.99 they are a little more money than she would normally spend on wellies but that she can see why because they are much better quality and Lottie can wear them for hours without complaining they hurt her feet which she normally does! She also says they are ‘true to size’. We got Lottie a size larger than her normal shoe size which is what we do with wellies but actually the normal shoe size would have fit her fine.

Maybe no party clothes  next  time!

 

I really like the Term wellies and my sister would definitely recommend them (she would wear them all the time if she was allowed to wear them to school!) We are pleased to have been able to team up with Term to offer you the chance to win a pair of these fantastic wellies in your choice of colour and size EUR 21 to EUR 35.

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Supertato Veggies Assemble – Our Review and a chance to win!

Supertato Veggies Assemble by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet   Our Review and a Chance to Win a copy!


Lottie has had some fantastic books to review recently and Supertato Veggies Assemble has quickly become a story-time favourite. 


‘The Evil Pea is on the loose and there’s anarchy in the aisles’- who knew there would be so much excitement in the Supermarket at night?! It’s down the Supertato to save the day but when the peas gang up on him he has to call for back-up to save himself and the desserts.

This is a great book for young children, it is fast paced, funny and exciting and my 4 year old sister really likes it. It has the added advantage of being fun to read so this is one of the few books for younger children that I don’t mind reading to her (which is lucky because I don’t think my Mum wants to read it twice a day!) Even Sam stops and listens to this book and he is not quite one yet- I think that is because there are plenty of chances for funny voices which he likes… it’s quite hard not to say ‘Supertato’ in a deep superhero type voice!

We have previously enjoyed Barry the Fish with Fingers by Sue Hendra and think she has done a great job here too. I would recommend this book for children age 2-5 but if you are a big brother or sister who is going to read to younger ones then this is a fun story to choose to share with them. 

You can buy Supertato Veggies Assemble here or enter our competition below for your chance to win a copy.

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Birthday Party Fun!

Birthday Party Fun!

I was so excited to have my birthday party celebrations this weekend.

I had a fantastic time with 11 of my friends at an outdoor laser party centre. We played loads of different games, got really muddy, and tried out different types of laser guns and planted a pretend bomb. 

The man who ran the laser tag and led the party used to be in the Army and he taught us lots of extra stuff including how to get a knife off someone if they were trying to attack you- he said we had to practice with bananas though if we tried it at home!

When we got back to base camp he cooked us all up hot dogs and let us see the different guns they use for the adult Airsoft games- I think my Dad would like to try that.

We all had treats and cakes and then went outside for another play before it was time to give out party bags and go home. I think this was one of my favourite parties ever, I loved the spy party I had last year but this was so much fun running around in the outdoors. None of my friends had ever done this ever so they were excited too and all really enjoyed themselves.

As a birthday treat for my readers I have one party bag to give away to you filled with fab treats including-

A Star Wars notebook
Star Wars pen
A Mini star wars toys or bracelet making kit (depending on your choice)
An adult colouring book
A pack of colouring pencils
Sadly no birthday cake but plenty of SWEETS!

You can enter to win over on our Facebook page here

Winner will be chosen at random after competition closes on Tuesday at 7pm. 

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Nickelodeon STEM Product Range from The Entertainer and a Giveaway

The Nickelodeon STEM Product Range from The Entertainer and a chance to win a set from the range!


I was so excited to be contacted by The Entertainer to see if we would like to participate in their Twitter Party (later today from 4pm to 5pm- follow @entertainertoys and @whatlukedidnext) and I was even more excited to be sent and Exploding Booms set from the Nickelodeon STEM range to test. 

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the products within the range help children learn about these topics in a really fun way- you can make anything from soap bombs and fragrances to stink bombs, build circuits and perform experiments. It is an awesome range and ideal for children age 5 plus (with adult help) and around 8 plus with less supervision.

We tested the Exploding Booms set and found it really great. The instructions were straight forward to follow and the additional equipment needed was minimal – basically vinegar for a couple of the experiments and lemon juice for one so just normal household products.


We liked the exploded boom bags- these were straightforward and fun and easy to do without help- just blow them up and make them bang! We also made a volcano which was amazing- I loved the chemical reaction and thought the addition of colouring made it really cool. We had great fun with water bombs too. 

We still have several more experiments to carry out and I am especially looking forward to making the rocket which looks fab.

These sets are being sold exclusively in The Entertainer or online here and are currently just £10 making them perfect for Christmas.

Don’t miss your chance to win a set from with the Nickelodeon STEM range kindly supplied by The Entertainer.



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Danger Is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog

A Review of Danger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog         by David O’Doherty and Chris Judge and a chance to win a copy

We have been sent some amazing books to review recently and I was thrilled to receive a copy of Danger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog.

‘Docter Noel is facing his most terrifying situation EVER – a little dog called napkin has come to stay. That may not sound particularly dangerous but every POD (Pupil of Dangerology) knows the only safe pet is a pet rock. So now Docter Noel is stuck in a wardrobe while Napkin wrecks havoc around the Dangerzone. And all the while Docter Noel is supposed to be writing his new VERY IMPORTANT handbook on Dangerology (Level 2). 

That is until the Pet of the Year competition is announced and Docter Noel hatches a plan to impress his neighbour Gretel. There’s only one problem. Serial safety-flouter Max Wurst us the judge…

For Docter Noel, it’s never been clearer that danger is still everywhere.’


I LOVED this book. I hadn’t read the first handbook but it didn’t matter I was still able to get straight into this second book- it was really funny and very silly and really made me laugh.

I thought the quiz was awesome and the pictures were fantastic. I would definitely give this book a score of 10/10 and would recommend it to any Dangerologist age 7+. Even if they were a grown up.

I am definitely adding the first Danger is Everywhere book to my ‘must read’ list!

We are delighted to be able to offer one lucky entrant the chance to win a copy of this must have handbook for themselves.


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Roald Dahl Day- The Twits Review and a Competition

Roald Dahl Day – The Twits Review and a Competition

Today is Roald Dahl Day and there are loads of activities going on to celebrate his wonderful books.


I first started to enjoy his books a couple of years when my Mum read me Matilda. I instantly loved the way that Roald Dahl could make a story come to life and we began working our way through lots of different stories and rhymes. I now find it hard to pick my favourite and it often changes but I especially love The Twits and Fantastic Mr Fox and my Mum loves the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.

We are just re-reading a lot of the books now to share them with Lottie so it was great timing that we were asked to review The Twits and join in with the fun making our very own Mr Twit beard.

If you have never managed to read The Twits it is a really funny book about the disgusting Mr and Mrs Twit who play awful tricks on each other and getting what they deserve for their horrid treatment of Muggle Wump the monkey and his family (who they have trapped in a cage in their garden) and the poor birds who get caught on the glue covered dead tree to use for Bird Pie Day. Mr Twit is a horrible bearded man (Roald Dahl didn’t like beards!) He is dirty, nasty and always has lots of disgusting things trapped in his manky beard. I have had lots of fun making my own Mr Twit beard.

Lottie’s doll modelling our Mr Twit beard along with Mr Twit style hair!
Made with tea-stained string, pasta, rice, rice crispies and various other Mr Twit type leftovers
 


I would recommend this story to children age 4-5 upwards. It is a great introduction to Roald Dahl for confident younger readers or fun to enjoy with a grown up as Roald Dahl appeals to people of all ages. 


I know my friend’s Mum, Diana really loved this book so asked her what it was that she liked so much about it, she told me ‘Roald Dahl was not my favourite author growing up, that was Enid Blyton, but one of my favourite books ever is The Twits. I clearly remember my childhood revulsion, amusement and disquiet at the vile characters and reading it as fast as I possibly could to reach the end to see if they got their well deserved comeuppance. It spoke to my vivid imagination, reinforced my sense of right and wrong and made the Sunday night cold bath-time a little easier to bear’.

I am thrilled to be able to offer two of my readers the chance to win a special edition copy* of the Twits so they too can enjoy this classic Roald Dahl story too.
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A chance to win tickets to see Hetty Feather!



Those of you who have been following the blog will know I am really excited to have the chance to go and see Hetty Feather, based on the original book by Jacqueline Wilson, at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London and I am thrilled to now be able to offer one of our readers the chance to win a family ticket (for four people) to see the 11am showing on either the 5th or 6th September (subject to availability)

Don’t miss out on your chance to see this fantastic show!
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Timmy Failure Review and a Giveaway

Timmy Failure Review and Giveaway

I was lucky enough to be sent two books from the Timmy Failure series to review so I have recently been enjoying Timmy Failure: Mistakes were Made and Timmy Failure: Now Look What You Have Done.


I had never read any of the Timmy Failure books before but have really liked both of them. Timmy is the founder of the ‘Best Detective Agency in Town’ and has great plans for World domination- if only he can defeat ‘The One Who Cannot Be Named’ or ‘The WEDGIE’ (Corrina Corrina). My favourite character is Total, Timmy’s business partner. Total also happens to be a polar bear, he is very funny, he loves chicken nuggets and will do anything for a cake treat.
Timmy is in his own world, has some very mad ideas and lots of cases to solve, the books are so funny and the drawings are great.



I definitely recommend these books to children of my age and older. They are very easy to read, with short chapters, plenty of funny illustrations and good stories. I can’t wait to read the next one when it comes out later this year.

Total, Timmy’s Business Partner


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