Monday, 16 September 2013

Harper Collins Book Roundup

My boys whooped with excitement when they saw this delivery, the collection we were sent are the books they keep asking for at bedtime now!  Bearing in mind they have HEAPS of books, its quite an accolade.  Having said that a few of them I am quite happy to read again and again just to chuckle along with the story.

My favourite being The Day the Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt – which had the boys and me in stitches, it is laugh out loud funny.  Hearing all about the disgruntled crayons and their problems with the colouring world!  I highly recommend this book, often come bedtime you’re on your last legs as a parent, but this book will certainly perk you up!  I do not think I will look at the boys crayons quite the same way again, instead I will be thinking which are being over used and having a raw deal or those that are not being used to their true potential!  The illustrations compliment the story wonderfully too and the author is a comic genius!

Splat the Cat Fishy Tales by Rob Scotton appealed to both my boys (aged 4 and 6), the eldest was quite happy getting on with reading the book himself.  The illustrations are bright and entertaining capturing the school visit to the aquarium well.  You can just imagine the teacher having to tell my youngest not to eat the display animals…  The story is very true to life, with Splat during to impress the cute girl in the school party, he tries to appear knowledgeable!  I think his efforts are charming even if the know it all cat Spike tries to undermine him and brandish his fact book at him to prove him wrong at any opportunity!  A delightful book that children will enjoy and probably relate too, its good for them to learn to shrug off people that make them unhappy and carry on regardless.  He learns not to pay any notice to Spike and still wins Kitten’s attention at last!  I think we will look forward to reading more Splat the Cat adventures in future.



Best Word Book Ever by Richard Scarry – we are fans of Richard Scarry already, having been impressed with frequent goldbug hunts!  This is a welcome addition as it has lots of words and pictures to help with developing reading ability.  Sometimes children may grumble if they feel they have to read a whole page of text (eldest certainly does now and then), but break it down into pictures next to words and they will happily point them out for AGES!  Another way to coax a little learning into them, the book has lots of different themes so their vocabulary would come along a treat.  Pretty much everything is covered, food, vehicles, animals, weather and daily occurrences.  Well worth £6.99 plenty to be getting on with here.

Where’s Tim’s Ted? It’s Time for Bed! By Ian Whybrow – A sweet story of a boy desperate to find his Ted, so sneaks off in the night looking for it with the help of lots of farm animals.  Children love the toys they share their bed with at night, they bring them lots of comfort so I can imagine a big hunt happening if Blankie or Roary went missing here.  Eldest loved all the rhyming on one of the pages, when the animals are excited that Ted is finally found.  Youngest wants to be a farmer so this book he liked, although I think now he would try and get all the animals to make a pyramid for him now and wonder why when they do not play ball!

Captain Brainpower and the Mighty Mean Machine by Sam Lloyd – very enjoyable adventure here, my boys love stories of superheros and Captain Brainpower and Mojo mouse make an interesting duo!  It is full of escapades and excitement as Captain Brainpower uses his brain (of course with a name like his would he do anything else!) to come up with a creative rescue plan for poor Mojo.  Ideal for children’s imaginations and shows them how using your brain you can pretty much do anything!  So very motivational and you can tell them how important school and learning is so one day they too could be like Captain Brainpower…

To find out more about all these titles head over to the Harper Collins Children’s website.  Bedtime reading will never be the same.

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow, those books look brilliant. So weird you should mention Richard Scarry. We have his book 'Busiest People Ever' - Monkey loves that book, we spend hours reading it and going through everything that is happening in the illustrations.

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