Blossom magazine for girls aged 4 – 7

blossom cover

There’s a new monthly magazine on the shelves this month aimed at little girls aged 4 – 7 called Blossom and I’m really excited about it as I think my twins are going to LOVE it. In fact I’ll probably have to buy them a copy each to hold the peace and wouldn’t [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

Penguin’s Childrens books and Half Bad by Sally Green

half bad

I recently attended a Penguin’s Children’s book event where they shared their plans for 2014 and I got  very excited – did you know Eric Carle’s The Hungry Caterpillar celebrates 45 years this year? The twins LOVED this book and we still have our board book version kicking around on the book shelf and [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

The Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton

The Faraway Tree was probably the first collection of books I read by myself and for this I have to thank Nana Whooley who used to buy them off a stall in East Lane Market. My grandmother set me up for life with a passion for reading and I went through a fair portion [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

The Troll – Julia Donaldson and David Roberts

The Troll book for kids

You may have guessed by now that I am a fan of Julia Donaldson’s books for children and The Troll is no exception. 

I was interested to see a new (to me) illustrator David Roberts work in this one and the pictures are as colourful and fun as ever. I think [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

stick man book for children

If you are a fan of The Gruffalo then you are going to love Stick Man too.

Stick Man lives in a tree with his family and one day whilst going for his morning run he has an adventure that will take him far far away.

All he wants is to [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

Children’s Book Review – The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race

The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race

In my opinion the crucial ingredients for a great children’s book are

a) Lots of imagination

b) A hint of folly

c) Great illustrations

and The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race by James Thorp and Angus MacKinnon, the Superhairies, has oodles of all three. 

What’s it about?

The story is a race between the [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

Monster stories – children’s book review

barefoot books - monster series

I can’t tell you how impressed I am with the girls’ reading, I had no idea when they started in reception last year they would be one year later picking up their own books and reading them on their own.

What’s even nicer to watch is, it is a pastime they enjoy.

We had [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

Spaghetti with the yeti – children’s book review

spaghetti with the yeti

Egmont have published Spaghetti with the Yeti in September and they sent us a copy to review. It is the first in a new picture book series from Adam and Charlotte Guillan and is a rhyming tale around a little boy called George who sets off to find the yeti with a tin [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

Snuffles and the cloud people – children’s book review

The online community is a funny old place, I’ve been online now for a good 10 years and have used various forums for all manner of topics from Trying to conceive to camping advice to making the perfect buttercream for cakes.

Sometimes you meet and chat with people that stay in your life for [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.

The Girl with a Brave Heart – children’s book

the girl with a brave heart

I absolutely love it when Barefoot Books send us one of their books to review because I know I’m going to be reading a beautiful story with gorgeous illustrations in it and The Girl with a Brave Heart is no exception.

This story is a tale from Tehran by Rita Jahanforuz who is also [...]

About Marianne Whooley

Mother, daughter, partner, sister and housewife extraordinaire. Multi-tasker, spinner of many plates and believer in good luck who does her very best to live life to the full, can be bribed with chocolate and white wine.