Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Emily's Balloon by Komako Sakai (Chronicle Children's Books)

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Sometimes a book is such an acute (and very cute) observation of toddler life that you just can't help smiling as you read. Here's "Emily's Balloon" by Komako Sakai...
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The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc (Book Island)

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A wonderful story of changing seasons and friendships, reprinted and rebound by Book Island. Here's "The Lion and the Bird"
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Alice in Wonderland adapted from Lewis Caroll's original by Susie Linn and Alexandra Ball (Top That Publishing)

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In this 150th Anniversary year of Lewis Caroll's classic story, there are a dizzying array of different versions of the story currently available. Let's take a look at one of the nicest we've seen in a long time...

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ReadItDaddy's Chapter Book and Early Readers Roundup - September 2015 with anti-gravity, awesome ravens and ghastly ghosts!

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"Oscar and the Amazing Gravity Repellent" by Tina L. Peterson (with illustrations by Xavier Bonet) (Raintree Publishing)
Oh I know school has started, and you're probably fed up already (or if you're a parent, you're running around the house screaming whoops of glee!) but there's always room in your school bag for a new book.

In this month's chapter book roundup we kick off with an awesome story from Tina L. Peterson (with illustrations by Xavier Bonet). "Oscar and the Amazing Gravity Repellent" tells the tale of a young boy who is fed up with being clumsy and even more fed up with being pushed around. Along with his friend Asha, Oscar finds an old abandoned railway wagon, the home of the mysterious Dr Oopsie, a showman and inventor who has left behind a powerful gift, an amazing gravity repellent that can send even the heaviest objects shooting up into the sky.

As bullies close in on Asha and Oscar in their hiding place, the temptation to use their newly found potion is almost too much to bear. Can Oscar do the right thing (and will chatterbox Asha help him make the right decision too?)

This is a fantastic middle grade story with a hugely positive message. "Oscar and the Gravity Repellent" is imaginative and inventive, and we look forward to seeing more from Oscar and Asha! The book is out now from Raintree Publishing (UK) and Capstone Publishing (US).

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"Mortimer and the Sword Excalibur" by Joan Aiken & Quentin Blake (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

Arabel and Mortimer are back in the 5th fantastic book in Joan Aiken's timeless series. This time, Arabel and Mortimer are drawn into an Arthurian mystery as the local park is being excavated, and the last resting place of King Arthur's Round Table seems to have been found. Mortimer is up to his usual mischievous tricks though and seems more interested in the inner workings of the park lawn mower than some rusty old relics in a dirty old hole. But wait, something glints and catches the raven's eye...

Utterly brilliant, and so happy to see these back in print thanks to Frances Lincoln Publishing. "Mortimer and the Sword Excalibur" was released on 6th August 2015 so you can nip out and grab a copy now.

Next in our round up? Spooky goings on in a fabulous ghoulish anthology...

"The Ghosts Who Danced" by Saviour Pirotta and Paul Hess (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
If there's one thing we'd love to see more of in children's early readers and chapter books, it's a good ghostly yarn or two. I was brought up with the amazing (and quite scary) Methuen ghost anthologies, but this fantastic collection "The Ghosts Who Danced (and other spooky stories from around the world)" is eminently suitable for younger (and braver) readers who love a dark tale or two with supernatural shenanigans.

Saviour Pirotta and Paul Hess have collected together well known and well loved ghost stories from around the globe of haunted ships, ghostly houses and spooky spectres. Each story is short enough to polish off one or two before bed-time (assuming of course that your little ones don't mind spooky stuff before bed!)

The stories are fantastic and diverse, and the illustrations are utterly wonderful.

"The Ghosts who Danced" is available now from Frances Lincoln Publishing.

Here's Charlotte reading an excerpt from "Ghost Ship" in her first VLOG :)



A final book for this month's roundup...can you bear to let it go?

"The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen and Lucie Arnoux (Pushkin Children's Books)
Yes indeed, it's the original story that inspired the huge Disney movie "Frozen". Step back into the original Hans Christian Andersen tale of "The Snow Queen" adapted with all new fabulous illustrations from Lucie Arnoux. Two centuries on from its original publication, the story of Kay and Gerda, and an intrepid rescue mission to thwart the wicked magic of The Snow Queen is as tense and exciting as ever. Though children will probably make rude rasping noises about this (the force of Anna and Elsa are powerful, after all!), it's a dextrous retelling beautifully illustrated and presented and should certainly wow older readers who have grown out of all things Disney.

"The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen and Lucie Arnoux is out on 1st October 2015. Let it melt your icy heart!

And that's all we've got time for this month. Join us next month for a pre-halloween chapter book blowout hopefully with even more spooky stuff!


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Monday, September 28, 2015

This Old Van by Kim Norman and Carolyn Conahan (Sterling Publishing)

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Take a crazy road trip across the land in a gorgeous camper van, with two of the most loveable hippy grandparents you could ever hope to meet.
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Star Wars Starfighter Workshop (Egmont UK)

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Star Wars Mania is about to explode in just a few short weeks as Episode 7 debuts. There's never been a better time to take a look at brilliant new Star Wars books so let's dive into an absolute cracker!
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Friday, September 25, 2015

ReadItDaddy's Second Book of the Week - Week Ending 25th September 2015 - "Imelda and the Goblin King" by Briony May Smith (Flying Eye Books)

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A book that instantly feels like it's been around for ever, weaving itself a wonderful world of fairy folklore but with a good solid anti-bullying message in "Imelda and the Goblin King"
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ReadItDaddy's First Book of the Week - Week Ending 25th September 2015 - "Hans Christian Andersen's The Red Shoes (and other tales)" by Hans Christian Andersen and Metaphrog (Papercutz Publishing)

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A darkly tinged and stunning treatment of a classic brace of awesome traditional tales,  the mighty Metaphrog's version of "The Red Shoes" is our Book of the Week this week...
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sir Scaly Pants - The Dragon Knight by John Kelly (Bloomsbury Children's Books)

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He's green, he's righteous and he's the star of a new fantastic knightly romp launched today. Let's meet Sir Scaly Pants - The Dragon Knight by John Kelly...
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The Clangers - The Brilliant Surprise by Daniel Postgate (Ladybird Books)

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Nestled in just before the boring news came on, "The Clangers" was required viewing when I was a teeny tiny. Now they're back, all new and shiny but still retaining their timeless charm.
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Check out a fantastic pocket-sized paperback range of quirky history titles from Chris Mitchell and John Blake Publishing

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Here at ReadItDaddy we like to concern ourselves with the really important questions from history. How indeed DO astronauts wee in space? Do Dinosaurs make good pets? Let's explore a new paperback history range with Dr Dino!
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

McDonalds invites you to discover the extraordinary world of Roald Dahl this month

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Food chain McDonalds is teaming up with the Roald Dahl foundation for a truly scrumptiddlyumptious story treat as part of Happy Meal deals this month.

Kids will find a fantastic little mini library being given away with happy meals, offering a tempting taster of Roald Dahl's immense storytelling talent with a selection of brilliant mini books and stories.

You can find out more about the offer over at the McDonalds Happy Meal Page, including awesome news about the Roald Dahl-themed additions to the Happy Studio App:

http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Family/Happy-meal.html

Having browsed through the selection of mini books ourselves, we're very excited to see this initiative - absolutely perfect for kids who've yet to discover the extraordinary world of Roald Dahl. Each book covers a specific theme (from awesome animals to crazy characters) so there's plenty to read and discover even for reluctant readers.

In addition there are vouchers on the Happy Meal box that can be taken into participating branches of WH Smith to claim one of a pair of awesome Dahl-themed books for £1 (usual RRP £4.99) while the promotion takes place.

Last but by no means least, there are 300 events set to tie in with the promotion. Find the nearest one to you here: http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Family/family-events.html

Whether you're a fan of Matilda, go goo-goo over Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or are crazy about The Twits, there's something for everyone so join in today! The promotion runs for 6 weeks starting from 23rd September 2015.
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Tiny Whale - a Fishy Tale by Joshua George and Puy Pinillos (Top That Publishing)

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It's not easy being orange. Or tiny for that matter. One fish feels like he's suffering an identity crisis but perhaps even the tiniest of us can be a hero.
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The Day The Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children's Books)

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A fantastic follow-up to one of our favourite books, let's find out what a whole new stack of crayons are up to in "The Day the Crayons Came Home" by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Tiger Prowls - A Pop-up Book of Wild Animals by Maggie Bateson and Sebastien Braun (Simon and Schuster Children's Books)

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Once children start to learn more about the world around them, so follows the start of a lifelong interest with the animals we share our planet with too. Here's a great little pop up book for tinies featuring some amazing wild animals!
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Toby and the Ice Giants by Joe Lillington (Flying Eye Books)

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Little Toby is on a journey of discovery through an ice-covered world. Our world 15,000 years ago. Let's slide into the picture-perfect "Toby and the Ice Giants" by Joe Lillington...
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Monday, September 21, 2015

The Green Fingers of Monsieur Monet by Giancarlo Ascai and Pia Valentinis (Royal Academy of Arts Publishing)

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How do you get the next generation of prospective art fanatics well and truly hooked? With glorious books like this - step inside the colourful world of Monsieur Monet!
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This Orq - He Cave Boy by David Elliott and Lori Nichols (Troika Press)

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Kids love their pets no matter what, but what if your pet starts off tiny and cute - and grows into something altogether more...mammoth? Meet Orq - He Cave Boy! He Say Ugh!
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Check out a fantastic pair of titles for budding nature and outdoors lovers from National Trust Books

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Here's a fantastic pair of books for budding outdoor explorers and nature lovers. Get outside and get muddy!
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ReadItDaddy's Second Book of the Week - Week Ending 18th September 2015 - "How to Catch a Mouse" by Philippa Leathers (Walker Books)

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Our Second Book of the Week this week reminds us exactly why we love moggies! The utterly adorable "How to Catch a Mouse" is our second Book of the Week.
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ReadItDaddy's First Book of the Week - Week Ending 18th September 2015 - "Fashion Rebel Outfit Maker" by Louise Scott-Smith and Georgia Vaux (Thames and Hudson)

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Hit the catwalks in fine style, a fabulous fashion design book with tons of amazing styles to trace and copy..."Fashion Rebel Outfit Maker" is our first book of the week this week!
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Should Book Bloggers be paid for their words of wisdom? A ReadItDaddy Editorial

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Stop right there before reading any further if you think this is a heavy hint disguised as a ReadItDaddy editorial. We're delving into the often controversial subject of blogger remuneration and it's going to be a bit like walking through a minefield carrying a sack of hyperactive hyenas while wearing roller skates.

Most book bloggers reach a point in their blogging where they consider ways and means to make the blog start earning a crust. After all, it's been sitting around consuming your time for years so it's about time the lazy wretch earned its keep.

Of course, monetising your blog to the point where it's actually worthwhile isn't easy, and though we're often entertained by stories in the media about beauty bloggers nailing six figure sums to talk about lippie, or foodie bloggers somehow reaching the stratospheric heights of negotiating lucrative cookbook deals off the back of their sticky toffee pudding recipes, it's very rare to see a book blog that achieves similar success.

Though this isn't the focus of today's editorial. The focus is on you, as a blogger, being lucky enough to be asked to write content or produce articles for others - specifically publishers, organisations or other individuals who want to use your content on their own sites, promotional materials or perhaps even their own books.

The sticky tricky subject of blogger payment assumes that the majority of book bloggers already DO receive payment - in that they get to read, review and eventually keep the books that they're sent by publishers and PRs and - from our perspective - that's perfectly acceptable, in fact I think it's rather generous when you consider what books cost and how much you would be shelling out per year if you bought the books you received for review.

Any blogger charging for critique is (purely in my opinion) not only cheating their audience, but they're also cheating the person whose work they're reviewing. There are exceptions of course, there are folk who have spent a long time in the children's publishing industry who quite rightly charge for crits and consultancy - but these are folk who have the experience, the qualification and the background to be able to give a structured and professional opinion.

Most blogger who review books will (like us) stick to a rigid set of blogger ethics, reviewing books they want to review and giving a good solid and honest opinion of those books regardless of their net worth, and they'll also make a point of mentioning when a book was sent to them for review by a publisher or author. This definitely helps offer a level of transparency to your intended audience and is definitely worth considering.

But again we're getting bogged down in the critique side of things, I'm trying to get around to the subject at hand - the business of making a living from your writing when you're producing exclusive content that offers a (hopefully) informed and interesting article or opinion drawn from your own experiences when writing a book blog.

In the few cases where we've been asked to provide content like that, the subject of payment or remuneration is never broached. Obviously there's the inferred 'lure' of a magical boost in your blog's readership off the back of being featured somewhere that gets a few more hits than you do, but be honest, has that EVER worked out for you if you've been in a similar situation?

Freelance writers will usually have a ready-prepared tally of charges if they're already well established, so perhaps one approach is to see if you can contact a few and see what a reasonable rate is for an article with a specific word count. It's also important to consider the legality of making a living from your writing when it comes to the dreaded 'T' word. Thoroughly research the convoluted rules and regulations about how much you're allowed to earn before paying tax on what is effectively an income (in fact this is the very thing that puts me off bothering to badger for payment for writing or other stuff I do in my spare time, it hardly seems worth the hassle unless you're suddenly flooded with tons of freelance writing gigs that are lucrative and viable (and again, be honest, how many times does a blogger get a lucrative writing gig?)

It would be nice to not be considered the 'bottom of the barrel' when it comes to writing from time to time. I've seen a lot of rather harsh and unfair criticism levelled at bloggers by artists and authors who prefer professional critique (Read: Newspaper or Magazine articles) and entirely discount blogger reviews (or for that matter Amazon reviews but I can pretty much see why they're not big fans of the latter).

They're in the minority though, and quite often they may feel this way purely because they may assume that book bloggers are ten-a-penny and that anyone with an internet connection and a laptop can set up a blog, nip to the library, grab a stack of books and start ranting about them.

Perhaps then this is where the perception that blogger writing doesn't deserve payment ultimately comes from. I'm sure most of the lovely folk we've met through this blog (and the ones we haven't) all get that slightly weird sideways glance from other folk when they tell them that they write about children's books for fun.

But by and large we're passionate folk. I don't think I've met any book bloggers who are doing it 'purely for the freebies' and I've never met any who just copy and paste the same review over and over again, changing the names of the books or authors to suit. We do this in our spare time because we like doing it, we do this in our spare time because our kids love books and we do this in our spare time because once in a while someone says something nice about something you've written or an opinion you've offered and that feels damned good.

Sorry, this has gone on and on so will respect anyone who just comments TL;DR and skips to the end. To summarise, please don't ask a blogger to work for 'free' if you're asking them to provide unique content for your own publications, it does feel a bit like a slap in the chops and even the shortest article will still be eating up a bit of their most valuable resource - Time.
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Max at Night by Ed Vere (Picture Puffin)

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Following on from Ed's fantastic "Max the Brave", Max is back and settling down before a good night's sleep - but wait, something's wrong...
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"I Will Love You Anyway" by Mick and Chloe Inkpen (Hodder Children's Books)

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"I Don't Do Sit, I Don't Do Stay" - with these opening lines, he stole our hearts away. Meet Mick and Chloe Inkpen's latest fabulous canine creation in "I Will Love You Anyway"...
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Wolf's Tale by Eva Montanari (Kuperard / Hutton Grove Publishing)

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Let's face it, wolves have a pretty bad rep in children's books. Is the wolf in Eva Montanari's "A Wolf's Tale" any different? Let's dig in and find out...
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Witches and Fairies by Eva Montanari (Hutton Grove Publishing)

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There's an eerie and delicious dream-like atmosphere in this book that to us was like a siren song. Let's take a closer look at the divine "Witches and Fairies" by Eva Montanari...
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Football's Revolt by Jan LeWitt and George Him (V & A Publishing)

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As much as we might think that children's picture books are a new and shiny idea, amazing picture books that cast the template for books we know and love today are much older than you think.
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A fabulous book collection and upcoming kickstarter highlights Bulgarian children's book talent. Check out "The Fairy of Colours" range

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We were lucky enough to be contacted by two extremely talented folk all the way from Bulgaria, to highlight a new book series specifically designed to help younger children learn their colours.

"The Fairy of Colours" is the publisher behind the range, and author Verginia Genova with illustrator Veselka Velinova have published the first three titles in the range digitally, and are about to begin a kickstarter to publish the books in Bulgarian and English in glorious hardback formats too.

Each book is hand painted and as you can see from the images below, the illustrations are truly and absolutely stunning to behold - fused beautifully with Verginia's lyrical and poetic storytelling.

"A Blue Fairy Tale" and a tempestuous storm!
"A Green Fairy Tale", at home with the grasshopper family.

Beautiful hand-painted artwork appears throughout each book.

We're very impressed with the first three books, which look amazing. You can find out more about the books on the "Fairy of Colours" website and now you can also check out the Kickstarter for this exciting project too! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/556900240/the-fairy-of-colors

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Vegetable Glue by Susan Chandler and Elena Odriozola (Hutton Grove Publishing)

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Gloriously original, rib-ticklingly funny and quite a bit strange. Yes we love our books like that, and "Vegetable Glue" certainly ticks all those boxes. Find out more inside...
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Check out a great new range of fantastic Sticker History book titles from Joshua George and Ed Myers at Top That!

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 We haven't heard from our good friends at Top That Publishing in a while but they've been busily creating wonderful books, including this fantastic new range entitled "Sticker History" aimed at encouraging youngsters into finding out more about the ancient world.

Though we've covered four titles in our sneaky peek, there's quite a range including dinosaur and ice age-themed sticker books - you can check out the whole range over at Top That's Website: http://topthatpublishing.com/search?utype=consumer&q=sticker+history

So to the books themselves. Each book comprises a really neat and intuitive set of themed scenes on the various eras in history each book deals with.

Unlike most sticker books, younger children should find these very easy to use as there are handy 'footnotes' on characters and items in each scene helping those fussy little
 misters and madams (like Charlotte) who absolutely insist on each sticker going in its rightful place.

Younger children might need a bit of a hand detaching some of the stickers (some of the larger and more complex shapes are fairly tricky to detach intact but we've found that in practically every sticker book we've ever reviewed so it's not a problem with the range itself).

Charlotte got busy with the Medieval Sticker Book first. Usually I leave her to get on with the important business of sticking and learning but it was great to see her toddling along to me with new discoveries she'd made - or funny bits she'd found in the book (ahem, bare bottoms doing big poos into castle moats are ALWAYS going to be well received by kids of a certain age!)

The books mix historical facts with a good sense of fun and
 if there's one thing that helps youngsters soak up historical facts and figures very quickly indeed, it's humour whether visual or written (the success of Horrible Histories is testament to this fact, obviously). Josh and Ed have hit just the right balance of humour and the character work is brilliant in these books, making them particularly appealing for the 3-5 year age range and well beyond too.

Charlotte steadily worked through each of the books in turn, saving her favourite till last - the Ancient Egyptians Sticker Book. Everything from the construction of the pyramids to mummification is covered (or rather uncovered!) with tons and tons of stickers to place in each colourful and vibrant scene.

It's an utterly fantastic range and one we hope that Top That will expand upon with further titles (Charlotte points out that they really need to do a "Victorian" one - A future idea perhaps?)

Great stickers, brilliant humorous writing and art, not too stuffy and academic and certainly not too dumbed down either. Just the way we love our history books.

The Sticker History range was released back in April by Top That. Once again, check out their website to find out more about the entire range and Top That's other fantastic activity books for children of all ages.

http://topthatpublishing.com/




Charlotte's favourite bit: Yes, that bit in Medieval History where people used to hang their bums out of windows to do a poo. Ew!

Daddy's favourite bit: Great books to use either at home or in schools, and perfectly priced for upcoming stocking filler ideas.
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Pierre the Maze Detective - The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN (Laurence King Publishing)

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When is a 'hidden objects' book not just a hidden objects book? When it's also crammed with devilishly difficult maze challenges. Dive into the world of Pierre the Maze Detective!
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That's my Hat by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud (Thames and Hudson)

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A crazy rag-tag chase across an amazing 3D popup town, has anyone seen a monkey...?
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Friday, September 11, 2015

Mr Men - The Rugby Match by Roger Hargreaves (Egmont Publishing)

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The Mr Men are back! And Forward! And winging it too! Here's a timely re-release of "Mr Men: The Rugby Match" by Roger Hargreaves for little ones tuning into the Rugby World Cup!
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ReadItDaddy's 2nd Book of the Week - Week Ending 11th September 2015 - "Book O' Masks" by Donald Lemke & Bob Lentz (Curious Fox)

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A book you can stick on your face and have a good laugh at? Perfect for selfie addicts or daft fun-loving folk like us, it's "The Book-O-Masks" by Lemke and Lentz!
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ReadItDaddy's First Book of the Week - Week Ending 11th September 2015 - "Historium" curated by Richard Wilkinson and Jo Nelson (Big Picture Press)

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Welcome to the Museum - Again! You loved the majesty of the animal kingdom explored in the glorious "Animalium", now explore amazing artifacts in the stunning "Historium"
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Checking out the new "Thunderbirds are Go" official activity books from Simon and Schuster

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Calling International Rescue! Did you know a whole new Thunderbirds series has arrived and is currently knocking everyone's socks off? Expect Thunderbirds-Mania to explode all over merchandise and toy ranges this Christmas but there are also tons of Thunderbirds books to dig into too!
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Back to School, Back to School Books (GAHHHHH!) - A ReadItDaddy Editorial

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Charlotte has now started back at school, and inevitably this means she'll start reading "school" books again. We never really have much to stress about when it comes to her reading but sometimes it feels like she's unnecessarily being made to follow a fairly rigid 'track' through school bookwork rather than being allowed to develop her own skills and tastes.

I should emphasise two things though:

1) School is fantastic and we've never, ever had cause to complain about the way they teach literacy and improve reading skills

2) She reads a lot of books. A LOT of books - all the stuff we review here and a whole lot more besides, so should I even worry about school book work at all?

The crux of this editorial is something that cropped up on Twitter (usually Twitter is the inspiration for a lot of these ramblings but this was definitely an eye-catching tweet and a point well made by @joannechocolat).

This This This This This This THISSSSS! God, if only I could cram this up the nose of some of the mums at C’s school twitter.com/Joannechocolat…

Joanne Harris  @Joannechocolat

6. Teaching a child to love reading matters more than boasting to your friends about his reading age. #TenReasonsToLetKidsReadWhatTheyLike

It struck me that the real problem I have with the school bookwork has nothing to do with the material or the level it's aimed at, it's the inference that Charlotte's reading level is purely determined by books she HAS to read rather than books she wants to read.

We have a lot of mums at Charlotte's school who insist that their little darling(s) read at such a highly advanced level for their age that they could happily work through the works of Shakespeare in an evening, or could polish off War and Peace for giggles at the weekend. Proud parenting is fine but it's the veiled inference that one child is somehow 'better' than another purely because they're reading books with a bigger word count, or have moved on swiftly from children's books and are working their way through dusty old classics that you really wouldn't wish on anyone.

Competitive parents aside, and getting back to Joanne's tweet, you can spot the kids who have a genuine love of reading and actually LOVE the books they've brought to school off their own backs to read in the cloakroom or at break times. There's a certain shiny-eyed enthusiasm that is instantly identifiable in kids who actually consider reading in their free time to be a pleasure, not something foisted on them just to bump up their academic reputation amongst their peers and their teachers.

When we receive books for review, sometimes the reaction from Charlotte is utterly priceless and I truly wish I could somehow take a snapshot of that precise moment in time and somehow turn it into a meaningful sentence or two in our reviews (particularly when it comes to "Book of the Week" winners which I'm always worried we don't trumpet loudly enough about - If they've made Book of the Week they're pretty much as close to perfection as you're going to get in a children's book).

I'm always well aware that it could easily be a different story, that the book blog could've dwindled away to nothing purely because Charlotte had only a passing interest in books and reading, or considered reading to be the very opposite of 'leisure time'. If that had happened, I wouldn't be here now typing this and I'm so glad she saw the worth of reading for pleasure early on, because reading purely for bragging rights just seems utterly worthless to me.
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Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go by Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup (Stripes / Little Tiger)

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As our favourite season Autumn comes in with a whisper of falling leaves, here's an utterly glorious book for your little ones celebrating the life of a tree...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Dear Bunny by Katie Cotton and Blanca Gomez (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

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A rather charming and beautiful love letter from a little girl to her best friend Bunny, let's dip into the adorable "Dear Bunny" by Katie Cotton and Blanca Gomez
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"Munch" by Emma McCann (Hutton Grove Publishing)

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Meet "Munch" - a fantastic story that combines two things we really love. Food and monsters. Dive in right this way...
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Go Home Little One by Cate James (Words and Pictures)

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Autumn is definitely our favourite month. Not just because the trees begin to change colour in a dazzling display but because Autumn usually means tons of new books!
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