Angelina Ballerina – breaking the fourth wall in picture books

drawing-angelina

The Angelina Ballerina books form a series of stories about the heroine, Angelina (a mouse) and her friends and family (also, unsurprisingly, mice). Although ballet is an important interest, it’s not a feature of every story and in fact is barely mentioned in Angelina’s Birthday by Katharine Holabird (Author) and Helen Craig (Illustrator) (affiliate link). […]

Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

last leaves falling

Buy at Amazon And these are they. My final moments. They say a warrior must always be mindful of death, but I never imagined that it would find me like this . . . Japanese teenager Sora is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the […]

Nerdy, shy and socially inappropriate. By Cynthia Kim

Nerdy, shy and socially unacceptable - Shorts.

Read 52: Playing Tyler

There are perks to being a book blogger. One of those is getting access to proofs before publication. There’s a site called NetGalley which does this with e-arcs (advanced reading copies) which is even better, because it means no hard copy of a not quite finished book lying around. Playing Tyler by T L Costa […]

Walkers Hoops and Crosses – sponsored review.

56% wholewheat

Home educating four children means that from time to time we Go Out. On days out I have to do packed lunches for 4no 5 people now. That means two types of bread, three types of fillings, and assorted snacks. Finding snacks that everyone will eat is challenging enough, so I’m always on the hunt […]

Quick test on blogging from HTC One X

When I do phone reviews, I have a number of little tests I like to do. One of them is blogging from it. Right at the moment I’m trying google voice input which is surprisingly good. Can’t work out how you delete though. Now I’ve found the Swype equivalent. It’s called HTC trace and is […]

Postcard from butlins.

Now all I need is sleep.

Can you review a book honestly if you skip chapter 9?

I hope you can, because I have to confess to skipping in Creative Writing – The Essential Guide. That would be because I’m really not interested in scriptwriting, but I was interested in finishing up the book I was sent this for the purpose of review following an exchange on twitter with the author, one […]

Lost and Found – review.

This is currently Smallest’s favourite book. She adores the interactivity of the paper engineering (as it is described on the book itself). It goes far beyond a standard pop up book with tabs folding in various directions, doors that open and close, lights that turn on and off, and of course, the penguin. Because it […]

My name is O/ Pale – review

We were sent both these books for review from Barrington Stoke. Their website says “Struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers deserve the best books available” and that is what they are aiming to produce. Both these books are written in relatively simple direct language, but with good strong story lines and characters – I hoped they […]

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