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** My thanks for Love Books Group and the author for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **



Bertie the Buffalo is based on a true story of when a Water Buffalo escaped from a Buffalo Park in Fife, near Dundee, Scotland.

A rhyming book about the adventures Bertie got up to and how he safely returned home, demonstrating how important each of us is no matter how insignificant we feel.

Bertie felt that no one noticed him. But he didn’t need to think that as we are all special. We are all a part of one big family.  

Our Thoughts:

Bertie the Buffalo is a charming tale about a wee buffalo who went on an adventure one day, even though he knew he shouldn’t.

With lovely, bright artwork, this is a story that will delight readers old and young as they discover the world around Bertie as he goes on his journey through woods, caves, meets new animals and sees new sights. The rhyming narrative makes this a fun read for youngsters, making it easier for them to absorb the meaning behind the tale. That no matter who you are and what side size you are, you are still special, you mean something to those around you and you belong.

Both my daughter and I enjoyed reading about Bertie and what he got up to, seeing how he reacted to the things he discovered and she really liked it when Bertie got home to the farm and his huge family. I think this will probably be a regular read in the bedtime collection, seems to be a firm favourite with my wee one that’s for sure.

You can buy a copy of Bertie the Buffalo via Amazon UK


About the Author:

Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer’s Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series. Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2107. There are now six books in this series with Killer’s Crypt being released in August, 2017. The Dagger’s Curse is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. This book is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. She is also a highly successful marketer and she shares her methods in the book, Power Packed Book Marketing.



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Meet the Twitches, four tiny toy rabbits who live inside a Teacup House.

They belong to a girl called Stevie and she loves playing with them. But guess what? These toy rabbits have a secret. They come alive when Stevie isn’t looking!

Open up the Teacup House – and meet four little rabbit heroes with big ideas!

My Thoughts & Review:

This was a book that I first saw on Twitter, the buzz pre publication from the author had me intrigued and once I looked up more information on the book I knew it would be the perfect book for my little bookworm for adding to her bookshelves.

Meet The Twitches is a delightfully charming tale about a young girl named Stevie who we first encounter in her flat in the city, she is unhappy that her life is being packed up in preparation for a move to the country.  The arrival of her favourite grandmother, Nanny Blue, brings much happiness as well as a very interesting box for Stevie.
The box contains the most wonderful surprise, a teacup house, complete with little garden, wee front door and lots of rooms for the inhabitants of the teacup house.  Only there are no dolls in this house, instead there is the Twitch family.  A family of four little bunnies, Gabriel, Bo, Fig and Silver who come to life whenever Stevie isn’t looking.  The Twitch family are inventive, exciting and utterly wonderful characters.  Beautifully bright and crisp artwork bring the tale alive, providing some fantastic images from the story, especially when it comes to the enterprising inventions of the eldest of the Twitch children.  The mishaps and mischief that is occurs makes for a delightful read and coupled with the lovely illustrations this is the perfect book to share with your children.

The book is aimed towards readers aged five and over, it would probably be a good stepping stone into books with chapters and little more to read after moving on from picture books.  We read a chapter or two at bedtime and were breezing through the book in no time, the temptation to read on once the little one had fallen asleep to see what would happen was almost too much once or twice.

We enjoyed this book so much that I preordered the next book in the series as soon as I heard that it was available.

A magical and exciting tale that takes readers (young and old) on a journey and reminds them to enjoy the little things around them, like a teacup house or fried egg sweets.

You can buy a copy of Meet The Twitches via:

Amazon UK

About the Author:

Hayley grew up in and around Berkshire and after a short stint in magazine publishing, her boss encouraged her to apply for the MA in Creative Writing at UEA where she gained a Distinction. In 2006 she won an Escalator Award from Writers Centre East and a Grant for the Arts to write her first novel, Jar Baby (Dexter Haven, 2012).

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Today I am excited to bring you a fab book that has been loved in this house by more than just me, Percy the Pigeon has fast become a favourite bedtime story in this house.  Percy the Pigeon was published by Britain’s Next Bestseller on 19th May 2017 and is available to buy from Amazon now!



** Thanks to David at Britain’s Next Bestseller for our copy of this book **


‘Percy the Pigeon was greedy, he loved to eat and eat. His whole body was round and chubby, from his head right down to his feet.’

Percy the Pigeon is a charming book, suitable for all age ranges and anyone who loves stories with a moral. The younger children and toddlers will enjoy the bright colouring of the pictures and the simple flow of the rhyming pattern. The older children who understand the value of friendship and the importance of sharing will appreciate the classic ideas and traditional storytelling.

For lovers of Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffler’s ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Superworm’ and Eric Carle’s ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, Katie Budge’s debut book will make every bed time a perfect goodnight.

Our Thoughts & Review:

Percy the Pigeon isn’t the nicest of pigeons and as my small bookworm has decided, he’s “mean and naughty”.  He’s a very hungry pigeon that eats anything in sight and doesn’t care what his friends think, he just wants to eat ALL THE FOOD!  But upon realising the error of his ways, he sets out to win back his friends and build bridges.

In a charming tale, young and old readers are equally delighted by the tale that reminds them of the importance of friendship and sharing.  The language used is understandable for young readers, and they can follow the story easily.  Delightful illustrations compliment the rhyming tale perfectly and make this a very enjoyable read.  It’s also a great way to talk about the idea of sharing with smaller children, the notion that Percy and his friends fall out because he doesn’t share is a good conversation starter with youngsters.

This has fast become a much loved book at bedtime, regularly there is a request for Percy’s story and when we see a plump pigeon when we’re out and about my wee one often asks if it might be Percy.

Very highly recommended by me and my small bookworm!

You can buy a copy of Percy the Pigeon via:

Amazon UK



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The Dog Ate My Homework

** My thanks to Rachel at Authoright for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **



The Dog Ate My Homework by Aaron James is a collection of short poems that will capture your imagination. Filled with fun stories that make you think, laugh and tell your friends. Do you remember your first day at school? Or when you tried to convince your teacher you actually done your homework? Or the excitement you felt when you bought your new pair of trainers? In The Dog Ate My Homework you will get a chance to read all these stories and many more!

My Thoughts & Review:

The Dog Ate My Homework is a lovely short book filled with some great poems that will make children and grown ups laugh.  And coupled with the bright and cheery artwork, this makes for a great wee read.  My daughter was soon giggling aloud at the poem from which the book takes its title, asking whether her dogs might eat her homework one day.  The poems have their own story to tell, Sports Day and School Dinners were strong favourites in our house, being reread on our snow days this past week.

The illustrations in the book are lovely and bright, making this a book that holds the interest of young readers who may not be able to read it alone.  We took great delight pointing out all of the things in each picture and linking them back to the lines of the poem.
With the content of the poems, this might be a good book for children just starting out on their school journey, giving them some lighthearted anecdotes about school and what it’s like on the first day, what school lunches are like etc.  I know that I may well pop this book aside for a wee while to use for explaining about starting school when my daughter progresses to that stage.

A fun and entertaining read that can be enjoyed no matter the age of the reader!


You can buy a copy of The Dog Ate My Homework  via Amazon UK


About the Author:

Born and raised in Tottenham, North London and today living in Bromley, South London with his wife, Aaron James works as a poet and spoken word artist. The Dog Ate My Homework is his first children’s poetry book.


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Have You Seen the Sleep Fairy ebook cover

** My thanks to Rachel at Authoright for my copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **



Have YOU seen the Sleep Fairy? This is the story of a sleep deprived mother and father who are rescued by this shyest of fairies, who only comes out at night when all the children in the home are asleep. She helps children get into the habit of sleeping through by leaving tiny items of interest under their beds for a few days until she can trust them to sleep through on their own. This sweet story is simply told by the author and beautifully bought to life in this new illustrated children’s story. Get your children into the habit of sleeping through by reading The Sleep Fairy to them and applying the idea to your family routine. Here’s to you and a peaceful night’s sleep.

My Thoughts & Review:

Having a young child means I spend a lot of time reading story books, and so when I saw this book I wondered if it might be a good one to add to our collection for bedtime reading.  With a cover that catches the eye, this book was grabbed quickly by small hands and “can we please read this?” soon followed.

Have You Seen The Sleep Fairy is a lovely story about a family helping their children sleep through the night by introducing The Sleep Fairy.  I know as a parent that there have been nights (and will probably be ones to come,) where sleeping is the last thing that a child wants to do, there are games to play, books to read, cars to play with…the list is endless really.  So the idea of a Sleep Fairy is really lovely, coming to bring good sleep for those who manage to sleep well all through the night and for those who don’t sleep so well there is a small surprise under the bed just for them.

When we read the book at bedtime, my daughter asked lots of questions about The Sleep Fairy, asking how she knows when you’re asleep, how she knows if you’ve had good sleep, how she knows what surprises to leave under the bed….yes I’ve got an inquisitive child….we decided that we would name the sleep fairy for our family.  Now we have Rosie the sleep fairy who comes to make sure we all have good sleep.
This makes for a lovely bedtime read, the story is just the right length to hold the attention of younger audiences without being too short and with a lovely illustration on each page it means there’s something to look at with each page turn and my daughter enjoyed being able to tell us the story through the pictures.

We very much enjoyed the story and will definitely be revisiting this one again soon (probably tonight as it seems to have wound up in the pile to read regularly….)

You can buy a copy of Have You Met The Sleep Fairy? via Amazon UK


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