It’s A Family Thing: Daisy Daydream by Sue Wickstead

Hey Everyone,

I am very lucky as a book blogger. Not only does my 4 year old daughter share my love of reading but author’s share their works with us. Today I have a review for you, from my daughter and I for the latest book from Sue Wickstead.

Sue has very generously sent us all her works to date and Alexis loves not only receiving them but reading them as well.

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The book we are reviewing today is Daisy Daydream: The Nursery Rhyme Book.

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On The Back

In 1987 the real Daisy was given a new lease of life when she was repainted with popular Nursery Rhyme characters for the children to enjoy and sing along.
The brightly decorated exterior would attract the attention of the children and get them running along to play and explore inside.
The playbus was a very popular and much-loved venue for a playgroup and fondly remembered.
A safe place to enjoy and certainly full of fun.

But I wonder what songs would the children sing these days?

Do they still know their Nursery Rhymes?

We even made a few rhymes of our own.

Purchase Link: Amazon UK

Sue’s Website: https://suewickstead.co.uk/

Review

When Sue sent us the book she also sent some really cute little buses to colour and make. We did this before reading the book and it really did add to the overall fun of reading a new book.

Alexis really enjoyed the book. The reference to lots of the nursery rhymes that she knows and we had a sing-a-long while reading. The story of Daisy is one of hope and it demonstrates how things can be re-used and still serve a purpose even if it is one that it wasn’t originally designated to do.

It was perfect for Alexis’s age, I would say that children would really enjoy this from being around 2 yrs old. Sue has a lovely way of writing for children. We cannot see what else Sue brings out over the course of her career.

 

Thank you to Sue for this opportunity and thanks to all of you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Blog Tour: Eternal Seas by Lexi Rees {Guest Post}

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Today I have a guest post from the lovely author of Eternal Seas, Lexi Rees. Thank you to Rachel over at Rachel’s Random Resources for hooking this up.

Eternal Seas Blurb

Such a small parcel shouldn’t cause experienced smugglers much trouble, but this parcel is far from normal. Chased across the seas, Finn and Aria must solve the mysteries within the parcel. What does it mean? Who should they trust? What will happen? The fate of an ancient people depends on them and time is running out …

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Guest Post

Does everyone love to nosy around in their friends’ bookshelves, or is that just me? I have one friend with the best collection of cookbooks – I actually have to remind myself not to just sit on her sofa and read them! My own bookshelves are far too messy to show you, so here’s a tour of my current reads.

Obviously, there’s the pile by the bed – it looks small thanks to the kindle working like Hermione Grainger’s handbag. At night, I mostly read fiction

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Arguably, the more eclectic piles are the ones that find themselves in other spots.

So starting with where I’m sitting now, The Book of Book Lists is written by my school friends husband, Alex Johnson. It’s perfect for distracting me from work, hence why it’s right by my computer. It’s absolutely essential that I know right now what books Bin Laden had in his compound with him. And no prizes for guessing the book most left behind in hotel rooms …

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Next to be stumbled across is a non-fiction on the real characters of the Wild West, The Bad Boys of the Black Hills … and some Wild Women too by Barbara Fifer. So this book has been wandering around the house with me and is now dumped on the floor so when I trip over it I’ll remember to move it. I’m pretending it’s “research” for a book, but basically, I’m just fascinated by the period and the lifestyle. I would have loved to have seen that time.

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I read a lot of craft and horsey books. These two currently live in my lounge for day time reading when I have a coffee; I don’t drink tea – sorry tea-lovers!

And Book Two in Isabella Muir’s Sussex mystery series has been commuting with me this week. Loving it.

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Apart from books, I don’t think I’m particularly messy, but I suspect people might disagree and that this poem by Shel Silverstein sums me up. Top tip – it’s great fun to read this poem in a KS1 class and get a helper to fling clothes all over the place. Guarantee the whole class will love poetry after this!

Messy Room by Shel Silverstein

Whosever room this is should be ashamed!

His underwear is hanging on the lamp.

His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,

And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.

His workbook is wedged in the window,

His sweater’s been thrown on the floor.

His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,

And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.

His books are all jammed in the closet,

His vest has been left in the hall.

A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed,

And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall.

Whosever room this is should be ashamed!

Donald or Robert or Willie or–

Huh? You say it’s mine? Oh, dear,

I knew it looked familiar!

But there is a big worry in this poem. His books are all jammed in the closet? Noooooo that’s just wrong! My books seem to like to travel. And seeing pictures of Eternal Seas finally travelling from my head to other places is just the best feeling ever. So please do share pics of it being read wherever you find it! Make an author happy!

Pre-order Link 

http://viewbook.at/EternalSeas

Author Bio 

Lexi Rees spends as much time as possible sailing and horse riding, both of which she does spectacularly badly. Attempts at writing whilst horse riding have been disastrous, so Eternal Seas was written on a boat; the storm described in the book was frighteningly real.

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Social Media Links

www.lexirees.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/LexiAuthor

https://twitter.com/lexi_rees

Competition

Win one of two £10 Amazon gift vouchers (UK only). To enter

  1. Share a photo of you with the book (paperback or ebook) on Twitter or Instagram
  2. Tag @lexi_rees (Twitter) or lexi.rees (Instagram) and #EternalSeas
  3. Closing date 30th November 2018
  4. UK only
  5. Winners will be drawn randomly

Illustration competition – would your children like to see their illustrations published in a book?

  • Six lucky winners will have their illustrations printed in the sequel to Eternal Seas
  • Winners and runners up will also have their drawings featured on lexirees.co.ukand on social media

Drawings must be in black and white, and can be in any of the following categories

Aria flying up in the sky

A cat

Mountain ponies

A snow eagle

A demon-goddess

A sailing boat

Finn and/ or Aria

Please see detailed terms for entry requirements

Open to children aged 13 or under

You can enter as many categories as you like

Winners will be chosen by Lexi Rees

Children’s name and age will be published together with their illustration. Parents/ guardians must confirm they are happy with this when they enter. Other information (e.g email address) will not be shared.

No purchase necessary

Closing date 31/1/19

Entries must be scanned or photographed in high resolution and emailed to lexireads@hotmail.com. The winners may need to post originals if the images are not high enough quality for printing. Postage costs will be covered in this case.

Full entry details can be found on lexirees.co.uk

Thank you to Lexi and Rachel for allowing me to be part of this tour.

Emma-Louise x