The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs (review with giveaway)

Iron Fist

When Big was around 12 or 13 she read pretty much constantly, often books I was interested in – we’d rush to be first at a new YA, and wait impatiently for the other to finish so that we could discuss it. Small is a different kettle of fish. Although he is an extremely competent […]

Q Pootle 5: Pootle the Explorer – review and giveaway


We’ve been fans of Q Pootle 5 since way back when – our first encounter was via a library book when Small was actually small 😉 I love Nick Butterworth’s work, the story is straightforward, the illustrations are clear, and above all else, it’s fun. (I particularly love Colin the cat.) When I heard Q […]

Win £100 Visa Card with DC Super Hero girls.

my superhero alterego

Super heroes are big news in our house and have been for years. But it has been an issue that there aren’t any girls to speak of in the media, they don’t feature in films, comics or TV series (and let’s not get started on merchandise) – Smallest particularly feels that that is an oversight. […]

Reading together – Fairytale phonics from Miles Kelly

Miles Kelly reading together fairytale phonics

A little while ago we were sent some Miles Kelly phonics books to review. At the time, Smallest was completely uninterested, so they languished on a pile, looking very attractive but being mainly unloved. A couple of weeks ago, she had a new burst of interest in the whole reading process, and as is the […]

#NeverRunOut – creating a picture book with #HPInstantInk


I’m absolutely thrilled today to be taking part in the NeverRunOut campaign with HP Instant Ink. Regular readers will know that we’re huge fans of picture books, and to be approached by HP a little while ago to take part in an activity where a group of bloggers work with a well known picture book […]

Win £100 to spend at Amazon with DC Kids


If your children are anything like mine, you may well have one or two superhero fans among them. If that means you’re looking for a good place to find lots of superhero action in one easy to find place, DC Kids is your answer. The latest animated series from DC Kids features all of your […]

YA or not YA? – the author Antonia Honeywell guest posts on writing and reading labels.


I loved Antonia Honeywell’s book The Ship and I’m thrilled today to be hosting a guest post and giveaway promoting the rather wonderful YA Shot initiative from Alexia Casale. (As an aside there *are* still a few tickets available for this set of events, please do click on through to the site if you are […]

I’m a NickJr Pumpkin party host!


The goody bags are packed. The activities are ready, the table is laid. The children are bouncing off the walls with excitement 😉 In just over an hour, our guests will arrive for our Nick Jr Pumpkin party. We’ve got some great activities ready and waiting from Frankenstein cupcakes (green of course) to making (paper […]

Win £150 giftcard with Lego and Scooby Doo! 

We are huge fans of Scooby Doo, Lego and stop motion animation, so combining them all is definitely a win. Take a look at these amazing Scooby-Doo stop motion videos created using the brand new LEGO Scooby-Doo sets! I’d love to get my hands on some of these, and I’m hoping this will inspire Small […]

Win an amazing gift set with Warner Bros DC Super Friends


I’ve been having great fun tonight, creating my ultimate super hero with right down to a fun name, look, powers and more! You can have a go yourself on the DC Kids site here. Here’s my superhero – Blue Vapor. Do you like her? While you’re at it, why don’t you check out some of […]

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