A selection of books for your toddler and young readers

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EXCERPT: One day Mommy said that my room was a mess,
And because it’s untidy she suffers from stress.
I said,
‘I need the mess, it’s better that way.
If I tidied my room, I just wouldn’t play!’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: There are Mess Monsters under the bed. When they’re out, they’ll smash, they’ll crash, they’ll bang and clang, stamp and stomp. Most of all they’ll make a mess. But the Mess Monsters haven’t met Mummy yet…

MY THOUGHTS: This is going in Luke’s Christmas parcel. It is a beautifully illustrated delightful story about putting things away when you have finished with them.

Will it work? Who knows ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

THE AUTHOR: Beth Shoshan was born in Brighton. She never seemed destined to be a children’s writer, after all she had failed English Composition. But everything changed when she was challenged by Meadowside to write the most inappropriate children’s book imaginable – it should contain sweets, explosions and arcane English words. She did, and Smidge became an instant best-seller. Now with over 30 titles to her name, Beth has become one of the most successful children’s authors of the past few years.

DISCLOSURE: I purchased my copy of Mess Monsters by Beth Shoshan, illustrated by Piers Harper, published by Albury Books. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

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EXCERPT: A mahoosive mammoth one morning awoke and groaned to his friend, ‘My word, it’s no joke! I need to find something to eat – and real quick. I’m feeling quite weak and terribly sick…I’m so famishing, I’m vanishing!’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: The famishing vanishing mahoosive mammoth is a hairy beast who simply can’t think of anything but his tummy. So how, then, can his friend Bug distract him?

Find out in this hilarious rhyming picture book about one hairy mammoth with a ridiculously large appetite, and one loyal friend with a clever plan.

MY THOUGHTS: Another book for Luke’s Christmas parcel. An entertaining story about a mammoth who is obsessed by food, until his friend shows him how to have fun.

THE AUTHOR: Hollie Hughes is the author of three picture books for children – The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth (illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson), Ninja Nan (illustrated by Natalie Smillie), and Princess Swashbuckle (illustrated by Deborah Allwright).

Previously a youth worker and higher education lecturer, much of her work now takes place in schools – both as a visiting author, and as a literacy consultant. She also runs writing workshops for children and adults, and regularly takes part in literary festivals and events.

DISCLOSURE: I own my copy of The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth by Hollie Hughes, illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson, published by Bloomsbury. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

For an explanation of my rating, please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com

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ABOUT THIS BOOK: Kuwi the Kiwi attempts to find a moment of peace and quiet in the chaos of parenthood, but everywhere she turns the volume just gets louder. Tap-dancing tomtits, Karate-kicking kokako and other noisy native friends join in the rowdy fun, until Kuwi can’t take any more… The quirky and quintessentially Kiwi illustrations will have both adults and children laughing out loud, with a humorous storyline familiar to parents everywhere. Young readers will be delighted by the fun noises they can make to match each illustration, and as they guess which creature will pop up next. The story also holds a heartwarming and subtle message about being happy with what you have.

MY THOUGHTS: If you have ever longed for five minutes peace and quiet when you’ve been with your child, you will relate to this storybook

I bought this for my youngest grandson 2 1/2) when I took the older one to the Kiwi House in Otorohanga during the last school holidays…and he loves it. He knows all the words off by heart and can often be found sitting reading it on his own. There is a small spider hiding in each illustration, which makes finding it a fun game to play while reading…

Altogether a delightful book, a fun read, and I will be purchasing others in the series for him.

THE AUTHOR: Kat Quin’s passion for all things children’s books and illustration is apparent throughout all her works to date.

Gaining inspiration and critique from her own three, sparkling offspring, her honest accounts from a birds eye view are endearing to readers of all ages.

She is quintessentially Kiwi, which erupts through her quirky illustrations, on which she spends thirty plus hours for each delicious spread.

Kat extends herself to play an ambassador role for the very appropriately chosen, Kiwis for kiwis, which supports human Kiwis to support native kiwi conservation projects, New Zealand wide.

DISCLOSURE: I purchased my copy of Kuwi’s Rowdy Crowd by Kat Mereweather, published by Illustrated Publishing. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com

Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone โ€“ the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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