nightmare before xmas (1)

Review: Personalised The Nightmare before Christmas Book

At 12, Isaac has moved on from Disney films, with the exception of The Nightmare before Christmas. The film certainly has a darker feel than classic Disney; the characters are creepy in a cool kind of way, especially Jack Skellington, the unlikely hero of the story. If you have not seen the film, Halloween Town is turned upside down when Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, decides celebrating Halloween 365 days a year is a bit repetitive. So, he takes a walk one day and stumbles upon Christmas Town. Inspired, Jack decides to bring Christmas to his frightful town with a …

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Elmer

Review: Elmer the Elephant My First Floor Puzzle

My granddaughter Lilah, is almost one – where did that time go? Her entire nursery is decorated with elephants and my thoughts have turned to birthday and Christmas presents for her. One particular elephant I have a soft spot for is Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, a children’s picture book series by the British author David McKee. For those who don’t know Elmer, he is a multicoloured elephant who lives happily among a grey herd, and after he tries and fails to hide his true self, he learns that his friends love him for his uniqueness. We were invited to review the …

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Eliza Book

Keeping the kids entertained during lockdown with Books2Door

As we head into the 5th week of lockdown and the end of the Easter holidays, my thoughts have returned to restarting home schooling. The kids started well with doing their work, but I have to admit that it has been a struggle so we are looking forward to some new lessons which will start online from next week as they are much keener to complete work on the computer. One thing they have done well is reading and we have exhausted all the books in our house. We are normally monthly library visitors, but with libraries closed we have …

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Spot the Dog

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Where’s Spot?

Introducing children to reading at an early age helps to give them a real passion for books when they get older. When you read to babies, your baby hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds which helps to support social and emotional development. Reading books and talking to babies helps them to build language skills by copying sounds, recognising pictures, and learning words and as they get older and more vocal, it will encourage your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions and both Isaac and Eliza love reading to Lilah when she visits. 2020 is the …

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the-grotlyn

The Grotlyn by Benji Davies – Review

Bedtime stories are very important in our house and although Eliza and Isaac are busying reading their own books now, they love listening in to Sebby’s stories. Over the last few months, Eliza has flown up the reading targets at school and has moved on from basic school reading books to the likes of Roald Dahl and Miranda Hart, but that hasn’t stopped her from liking shorter reading books too. We were sent The Grotlyn by Benji Davies to review and Eliza couldn’t wait to read it. ‘I know when the Grotlyn’s been, slipping through your house unseen……’ The Grotlyn is …

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