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Small Knight and George and the Pirates

Small Knight and George and the Pirates: Ronda Armitage & Arthur Robins (Orchard Books, 20??)

Small Knight and George and the Pirates: Ronda Armitage & Arthur Robins (Orchard Books, 2012)

I’ve been trying to get my head around writing about this book because it’s a bit of an odd one for me. It’s got pirates. It’s got a dragon. It’s silly. But… For some reason I don’t quite love it, but I can’t work out why. Because there are so many good points of this book, I really ought to like it more than I do.

Small Knight’s castle is falling to pieces and his parents are worried about fixing it. Money worries are probably something that all small children pick up on, and to have it actually mentioned in a book gives it a more accessible place. Especially a book where things work out well for everyone.

There are lots of different words to increase a small child’s vocabulary like ‘turquoise’ and ‘provisions’ and ‘wallowing’. And some lovely alliteration like ‘wallowing waves’ and ‘prattling parrots’.

Female pirates! Okay, so they’re the secondary characters after Small Knight and his crew, but they are female without any comment. They just are, and it shows that pirates can be either gender.

Captain Swashmebuckle’s treasure isn’t gold and jewell-er-y but her beloved parrots. Showing that money isn’t everything, and things that are important to us are worth more.

This is the third in a series, and I’ve not read the others. In this book, George the dragon seems superfluous as a character. I don’t know if he never speaks or does anything in the others, but it’s a shame he hasn’t got more of a part in this one because as a first time reader of the series I can’t see the point of his character!

It’s got pirates. It’s silly. It’s got lots of good points. It ought to be a 5* book, but it just didn’t quite work for us. Would be great for pirate-mad children who love words and silly stories.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Small Knight and George and the Pirates by Hachette Childrens Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

The King of Space by Jonny Duddle

The King of Space; Jonny Duddle (Templar Books, 2013)

The King of Space: Jonny Duddle (Templar Books, 2013)

Some books are worth every ounce of anticipation, and are even better than you expect them to be. The King of Space is one of these books. Having utterly loved both The Pirate Cruncher and The Pirates Next Door, it was almost a given that we’d love The King of Space but there was some trepidation as I opened the book to read…

As soon as the book opens to the first end paper, there is a treat awaiting you: the contents of Rex’s desk with blaster, blue-prints, planner book and wonderfully retro calculator showing 531608 (for those of us who grew up with trying to make rude words on calculators, this is a treat!) I read the book to myself first, loving all the little sci-fi in jokes and ‘graphic novel’ feel plus slight surrealness of the plot.

Then I paused. I loved this book, but would my daughters understand it? I paused a while before reading it to them. Several days of pausing… But of course, I read The King of Space as an adult and got all the things that were aimed at me, and all the little details in the backgrounds. As I read it to MG and DG, they got all the things that were aimed at them, and different little details in the backgrounds! “Again!” DG shouted as soon as I’d finished. “Yes, Mummy, can we have it again?” added MG. It’s been regularly requested ever since 🙂

I have always been a nerd, a geek, a lover of sci-fi. This book was always going to appeal to me. But it is also another little packet of perfect awesomeness from the incredibly talented Mr Duddle and has all the silliness (and comfort) required for small children with all sorts of interests.

The plot follows Rex, a small boy who lives with his parents on a Moog farm (cows with space helmets!) and has Big Plans. Somehow this time all his plans work out and before he knows it, he’s wiped out all resistance in the Western Spiral with his warbots (dung blaster attachments essential) and caught the attention of the Galactic Alliance. What’s a boy to do, other than kidnap the Emperor’s daughter and bribe her with choco-goo? Soon things get Serious, and Rex realises he doesn’t want to play anymore. Fortunately there’s someone who can always save the day: Mum.

I’m usually a fan of traditional artists, as I find a lot of digital art too ‘shiny’ (for want of a better word!) but in all three of his books Jonny Duddle has packed the pages with grime and details. I’ve read them so many times and still have the odd “oh!” moment when I notice yet-another connection between the stories in the background (the climbing frame in Pirates Next Door and King of Space; the ship in Pirate Cruncher and Pirates Next Door; the Cruncher popping up everywhere…)

I personally find The King of Space hard to read aloud because it’s like a comic, with lots of speech bubbles and lots to look at. But my girls forgive my uselessness and help along by pointing out everything I miss! This is a beautiful, huggable book and one I’d put on every bookshelf. I’ve given several copies of The Pirate Cruncher and The Pirates Next Door as birthday presents to friends’ children, and I’ll be doing the same with The King of Space.

Too good to miss, grab a copy as soon as you can.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of The King of Space by Templar Publishing for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen

The Dark: Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen (Orchard Books, 2013)

The Dark: Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen (Orchard Books, 2013)

I have started writing a review for The Dark many times over. I just seem to end up being overly negative every time, which it doesn’t deserve. This is one of the most highly anticipated picture books of the year, a collaboration of two of the finest contemporary children’s book creators. But anticipation is a duel edged sword and knowing the talent behind this book I think I was expecting something other than it is.

There is nothing wrong with this book. It is a very good picture book. Not every book will be loved by every family, and this one didn’t work for us. So instead of struggling with words, I’ll leave you with this fantastic trailer, narrated by Neil Gaiman, which gives you the first few spreads of the book and a very good feel of the story. Enjoy!

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Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of The Dark by Hachette Childrens Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Tuesdays at the Castle: Jessica Day George (Bloomsbury, 2011)

Tuesdays at the Castle: Jessica Day George (Bloomsbury, 2011)

I loved the premise of this book so although it’s a younger read than I usually enjoy I eagerly devoured it. The book follows the inhabitants of Castle Glower, a castle with a mind of its own that generally tends to add an extra room or rearrange itself on Tuesdays. Except, for most of this novel, the changes happened on any day of the week due to the nature of the plot so the title is somewhat misleading.

There are lots of interesting little facets to this story, like how the Castle chooses its own rulers, and the politics between neighbouring kingdoms. The main character is Celie, the youngest daughter of the current King who is aged 11 (but comes across as much younger most of the time) and the plot is full of intrigue where the King, Queen and eldest son disappear and the Council try to force the fourteen year-old heir to take the throne under their stewardship. The Castle itself it a major player, creating a room for Celie and her family when it realises trouble is afoot.

On the whole, this is an enjoyable and exciting tale for approx 8-12 year olds. It has some faults in logic, for instance I’m not entirely sure how an eleven year old can really haul a 300-page atlas that she’s drawn with her at all times, and Celie isn’t as strong a female lead as I’d like (the set-up is quite male oriented) but on the whole it’s a decent read. It ought to appeal to boys and girls, but I suspect the female lead might be a hard sell for boys despite the ‘unisex’ plot.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Tuesdays at the Castle by Bloomsbury for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

My Funny Family On Holiday by Chris Higgins & Lee Wildish

My Funny Family On Holiday: Chris Higgins & Lee Wildish (Hodder Children's Books, 2013)
My Funny Family On Holiday: Chris Higgins & Lee Wildish (Hodder Children’s Books, 2013)

Warning: contains spoilers!

This is an early reader chapter book aimed at 5+ (although I’d say 7 for most children to read themselves, probably a read aloud earlier than that) about a larger than average family going on holiday told from the viewpoint of second-eldest child Mattie, who is nine.

It’s the second in a series and I’ve not read the first but that wasn’t necessary as all the characters were described and explained in the early pages. I thought it was a wonderful story for young readers containing lots of things that they’ll either be familiar with or could learn about. It’s nicely written, not overly complex and has enough happening to remain entertaining.

For me, it fell apart at the end with the reveal of Mattie’s friend being a ghost. It just seemed so out of place in the story, but maybe for very young readers it might be an exciting reveal. I love fantasy, it’s my favourite genre, but I never think it works tacked on to the end of a book. If the fantastical is there throughout, bubbling under, then fair enough, but this didn’t seem the case to me.

I realise I am completely over-analysing a book that I’m thirty years too old for, but a more literal child who was expecting a story about a holiday may not enjoy the addition of a ghost character either! Otherwise, an excellent book for young readers and one I’m sure my daughters’ school will be glad to receive.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of My Funny Family on Holiday by Hachette. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

Note: We are fortunate to receive a variety of review books, far too many to keep! Most of the chapter books and novels, plus about half of the picture books, are donated to either my daughters’ primary school or a local charity.

I Heart Bedtime Blog Tour: Bunny Crafts

It’s PUBLICATION DAY!!!! If you haven’t already, get running to your nearest bookshop and grab a copy of I Heart Bedtime! After you’ve done that, why not read on about my bunny crafting attempts 🙂

Clara Vulliamy is the sort of person who could inspire practically anyone to have a go at some kind of craft. From her website packed full of things to try; to events where there’s always something to make involving felt, button and ribbons; to tid-bits that arrive in the post occasionally from the Happy Bunny Club. We’ve had the pleasure of bunnies in matchboxes, bunny ears, felt bunnies with satin hearts inside, colouring and sticking…

Not only is Clara an extremely talented author illustrator and crafter, she can do mechanics too. Look at this amazing music player that she actually made: (You can watch the video of it playing at www.claras.me)

I Heart Bedtime: Clara's Music Box

I jumped at the chance to be part of the I Heart Bedtime blog tour, and knew something crafty would end up happening. I’ve already reviewed I Heart Bedtime in a separate post, and to celebrate publication day I offer you: my rubbish sewing skills! Don’t worry, there’s also a little treat from Clara herself to download too 🙂

I didn’t know what I wanted to do so just wandered into the local haberdashery (I know how lucky we are to have one: Masons in Abingdon, if you were wondering) and wandered. Near the entrance I saw the most utterly perfect material for the book: mini hearts in pink, blue, yellow and orange. Squee! And then my latent inner-crafter took over and I came out with a bag including white fleece, felt, mini sewing kit (I didn’t even own a needle and thread) and from their sister shop next door, embroidery thread in pink and black.

We had a paper colouring-in template from last year, which I traced around to make a simple bunny doll template. Actually there was about five iterations, because the picture was designed for colouring in, not for cutting out. I traced around the head, and then moved the body to make a neck; then I ditched the idea of fingers as they’re too small and fiddly; and I moved the legs closer together so they looked better as a doll; plus I widened the arms and legs (but not enough as it turned out!) Finally I drew a dotted line around my template for the seam and cut it out.

I Heart Bedtime: Martha Pattern

The only way I know to make soft toys is the very simple “cut two of the same shape and sew them together” method! I do know enough to leave room for a seam, and to sew inside out and then turn round to fill, so I realised that I would need to create the face first. I pencilled in the face and cut out two inner ears in felt to sew in place then used the black and pink embroidery thread to sew her sunny smile.

I Heart Bedtime: making the bunny toy smile

Next, I put the two fleece pieces back to back and sewed around, leaving the head unsewed for turning. I used backstitch – at least, I think that’s what it’s called! – to make the seams stronger. Oh, I wish I had a sewing machine! Hand-sewing seams takes forever! As I was sewing I thought the arms and legs were a bit thin, and I’m not going to admit to how long it took me to turn them the right way round, with copious help from the back end of a pencil. When the body part was turned, I used the same backwards method to sew the face and ears, leaving a small hole at the top for filling.

I Heart Bedtime: Sewing the bunny toy and dressing her

My plan was to use a funnel and fill the bunny doll with rice. Could I find a funnel anywhere? Hah! We have at least three plastic funnels in the house and the last time I saw one it was in the correct drawer but Destructo-Girl does have a habit of stealing things from the real kitchen for her pretend games and after searching through three boxes of their toys I lost patience! I then looked up toy fillings and it said rice was a bad idea because it went mouldy when wet too, so the next day I went back to Masons and bought proper hollow fibre toy stuffing instead.

I Heart Bedtime: Not Quite Martha Bunny

Of course, having made Martha for Mighty-Girl, I had to make Pip for Destructo-Girl. I made a couple of changes when cutting round the same template, widening the arms and legs, ditching the feet (they were so fiddly) and thinning the neck. I think the original one looks better, maybe third time lucky I’ll get a suitable template, or just leave that to the experts!

I used the perfect material for Martha’s dress (nightie) and decorated it with mini buttons and ric rac we already owned (I’m a bit of a button and ribbon addict!) It was a very simple “cut round the outline and sew it up” design! My plan was for the dolls to have several outfits to dress and undress but I got the sizing totally wrong and it’s a good thing Martha was filled with her outfit on or it would never have fit her! Pip is obviously wearing Monty’s old pyjamas because they’re Monty’s favourite colour and Monty loves stars too (well, he loves rockets, so he probably loves stars too), DG wanted Pip to have stars because he is wearing stars in I Heart Bedtime. I didn’t do any seams on the clothes so they are fraying and rubbish, but it’s the thought that counts?!

I Heart Bedtime: Two soft toy bunnies, entirely hand made!

All the above was something that was a little more complex than my little bunnies could cope with so I begged the lovely Clara for some paper dress-up bunnies and she e-mailed me a set of bunnies and their pyjamas. I printed out a few sets and they’ve been lying around this week for my girls and any guests to have a go. There’s been some great decorating and cutting going on, and a whole lot of mess!

I Heart Bedtime: DG and MG's paper doll bunnies (I might have coloured in one of them!)

You can download your own paper bunnies too! I made two sizes – one where all three bunnies fit on one page and their pyjamas on a second sheet; and another where each bunny and two pairs of their pyjamas are on each page.

I Heart Bedtime Paper Doll Templates

Bunny Paper Dolls small (takes you to OpenDrive to download)
Bunny Paper Dolls medium (takes you to OpenDrive to download)

I Heart Bedtime is a dream of a book, and has spent its life so far in the Chaos household being dragged up and down stairs like a yo-yo so that it can be read just one more time… 🙂

I Heart Bedtime Blog Tour so far:
23 March: Clara Vulliamy guest post at Netmums
24 March: Bedtime routines with Jax and family from Making it Up
24 March: Illustrated interview with Martha herself from The Book Sniffer
25 March: Princess C interviews Clara Vulliamy at Read It, Daddy!
26 March: Bedtime routines with the Library Mice
27 March: Bedtime with Smiling like Sunshine

Martha and the Bunny Brothers: I Heart Bedtime

Martha and the Bunny Brothers I Heart Bedtime: Clara Vulliamy (HarperCollins Children's Books, 2013)

Martha and the Bunny Brothers I Heart Bedtime: Clara Vulliamy (HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2013)

Occasionally, when I review books, I look at them almost entirely from an adult perspective. This is usually when the book is so loved by my daughters and me that I feel it really needs some extra attention in the review. This is one of those books.

I Heart Bedtime is the sequel to I Heart School and is just as utterly delicious as the first book. There is a wonderful adult-centric review as to why I Heart School is such a great picture book on the blog Did You Ever Stop to Think…?, which I thoroughly recommend.

For a child-centric reason why both Martha books are wonderful, I offer up the examples of my daughters. Destructo-Girl (almost-four) has slept with a variety of Clara Vulliamy books under her pillow for chunks of the mere fifteen months since we first discovered them. Martha Bunny was a favourite from the moment it arrived a year ago, and DG could find it spine-out on a bookcase at age two. Mighty-Girl (six) is a good reader but currently stuck in the mindset that she can only read banded books, but she has read the entire Martha books to her little sister – and they are fairy verbose books even though they don’t feel it when you’re reading them. Both DG and MG can quote huge sections of the text from either book, and they both relate to almost all of the scenarios. These are picture books for children that children enjoy, but are packed with so much that they are a joy to read over and over again as an adult.

From the very first page, the bright colours and happy smiling bunny entice you to read more, but more than that the links between both I Heart School and I Heart Bedtime are cemented in this first page too. Small children love and need the familiar, the world can be a scary enough place and often children latch on to a familiar toy or comforter. The Martha books understand this need in small children and keep the familiar not only in the situations that children will experience, but in the structure of the book too starting on this first page:

marthafirstpage

Other similarities are more subtle, but bring the child into the second book with ease once they are familiar with the first book (in whatever order they are read):

marthasimilarities

I often comment on fonts used in picture books and how I like easy-to-read fonts for early readers. But for some books, the array of fonts used is part of the story. In the Martha books, there is a script font that can be challenging to read but it is used sparsely and for similar words (see examples in images above) so familiarity/guesswork can be used!

On the subject of fonts, and being such a part of the story, I have to share these examples of words (doodling is from I Heart School, and sharks is from I Heart Bedtime). What an absolutely wonderful use of typography in the text:

marthatypography

My final example of book love for the two Martha books is Martha’s clothes. In I Heart School we are shown a selection of Martha’s favourite clothes, and in I Heart Bedtime we are shown her favourite pyjamas. What is absolutely wonderful is that Martha is shown in pyjamas in I Heart School which then appear in I Heart Bedtime, and shown in a dress in I Heart Bedtime that appeared in I Heart School. Just wonderful!

marthaclothes

And I haven’t even mentioned that lovely expression Martha has in both the inset pictures above, all because of her bunny brothers! Or that their toothbrushes in I Heart Bedtime are the favourite colours listed in I Heart School. Or that no adult characters appear, all the images are about Martha, Monty, Pip and Paws. Or that my Destructo-Girl copies Pip’s antics regularly including the necessity for strawberry toothpaste…

And really finally, I don’t know about other parents, but I am certainly guilty of this little white lie in order to get children to bed on time:

5oclockbedtime

In this case, Martha is so excited to spend some time with her best babysitter that she starts trying to get her bunny brothers to bed as early as possible. Later in the text, mum says “Now it really IS bedtime, little bunnies,” as they have taken so long coming up with excuses not to go to bed that the time has flown past. There is a delightful scene where Martha, Monty and Pip are shown going up and down the stairs with one excuse or another. Something else that is very familiar in the Chaos household!

There are too many little (and big) familiar moments in I Heart Bedtime that makes it a delight to read. Not only that but the highlight for MG and DG is the Bedtime Bunnies Song. My singing is rubbish but I do try! To listen to the song pop along to www.claras.me.

Martha and the Bunny Brothers: I Heart Bedtime is published on Thursday, 28 March 2013, and I’ll be sharing some bunny-inspired crafting with you then as part of the official blog tour. I can’t wait! 🙂

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Martha and the Bunny Brothers: I Heart Bedtime by HarperCollins Children’s Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

 

Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by Rachael Mortimer and Liz Pichon

Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf: Rachael Mortimer & Liz Pichon (Hodder Children's Books, 2012)

Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf: Rachael Mortimer & Liz Pichon (Hodder Children’s Books, 2012)

The story follows the Red Riding Hood plot from the wolf view-point. Sweet Little Wolf is sent out by her parents to get dinner (one onion, two potatoes, one tender and juicy little girl…) but gets sidetracked by listening to Red Riding Hood’s fairy tales and dressing up in Grandma’s lovely pink nightgown! Red Riding Hood finds Sweet Little Wolf snoring and screams, so a woodcutter runs in to help. But all ends happily with Red Riding Hood writing a nice letter to Mr and Mrs Wolf.

Interview with DG about the story:

Me: What did you like best?
DG: The sweet little wolf. When she dressed up. The little girl had lots of apples.
Me: What didn’t you like?
DG: Mummy and Daddy wolf. They were naughty.
Me: Is this a good book?
DG: Yes!

This book is worth having for the illustrations and the focus on writing lists and letters – great encouragement for early school-age children – you could do some lovely writing projects based on this book as a starting point.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by Hachette Childrens Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

What Do Squirrels Do by Hazel Nutt

What Squirrels Do Trilogy: Hazel Nutt (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2013)

What happened to March? Seriously, how is it the eighth already? I was going to share this lovely trilogy of books last week but apparently I didn’t actually post the review. Or write it. Which doesn’t help…

What Squirrels Do is a trilogy of picture books written under the pseudonym of Hazel Nutt, a little girl who is ‘nutty about nature’. Hazel can talk to squirrels and finds out all sorts of things about what they’re really up to when we’re not looking.

The books are available as paperback or e-versions. We were very kindly sent e-versions for review and to whet your appetite you can get the books free on certain days in March. The first book was free on Kindle on 3rd & 4th March. The second is free on 16th & 17th March; and the third is free on 25th & 26th March. They can also be purchased from a variety of places listed on the What Squirrels Do website.

In What Squirrels Do When You’re Not Looking, many of the double page spreads have a lovely set up where you’re shown, for example, an empty swing and asked to think about why it’s swinging; then when the page is turned there’s the cheeky squirrel. We found the squirrel in trench coat doing his shopping particularly amusing! The rhyming text works well and I love books that make you look at the world in a different way, starting a child’s imagination running.

The Squirrel Olympics is a lot sillier, and I love it for that! There’s bungee jumping, limbo dancing and pigeon curling! More seriously it introduces a range of sport names to small children and shows how fun being active can be. I think this is my favourite of the three and I usually dislike sport!

What Squirrels Do For Fun features more of the author herself telling why she knows so much about squirrels and sharing some of their relaxation activities. It also sneaks in some more education in the form of talking about spreading seeds from flowers with some lovely funny images of squirrels waving flower pom-poms!

These books will appeal to young children due to their rhyming text and silliness. They were published to celebrate the real Hazel’s second birthday, what a lucky little girl!

What Squirrels Do Trilogy: Hazel Nutt (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2013)

Disclaimer: We were sent copies of these books by ‘Hazel Nutt’ for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

Special Guest Reviewers

I feel very fortunate to receive any books from publishers but sometimes I’m sent surprise review copies for an age range I find it hard to review for. I therefore asked my daughters’ lovely school if they’d mind asking some of their keen readers to review some books. Today I got the first set of reviews back! I was thrilled to receive them and the children have done a fantastic job.

Not More Seriously Silly Stories!: Laurence Anholt & Arthur Robins (Orchard Books, 2013)Not More Seriously Silly Stories!: Laurence Anholt & Arthur Robins (Orchard Books, 2013)

Little Red Riding Hood: I liked the part when dear old granny wolf came in the door, because she was really fat. Also the worst part was when the big bag girl (who is the baddy) got a job cutting down trees. I think it was the second best story because it was quite funny.
Rumply Crumply Stinky Pin: This was the best out of all the stories because it was really funny! The best part was when ‘Rumply Crumply Stinky Pin’ made bank notes out of cod (which is fish), because it said ‘smelly bank notes’. AMAZINGLY I would say there is nothing I think could be better!
The Rather Small Turnip: Sadly this was the worst story, because it was hardly funny 🙁 The story did not introduce the fat farmer or his fat wife. There was one thing I found funny it was when the farmer nearly ate his wife! I was a bit disappointed with this story.

REVIEW Not More Seriously Silly Stories!: Laurence Anholt & Arthur Robins (Orchard Books, 2013)

Even Sillier Seriously Silly Stories!: Laurence Anholt & Arthur Robins (Orchard Books, 2013)Even Sillier Seriously Silly Stories!: Laurence Anholt & Arthur Robins (Orchard Books, 2013)

This is a really funny book. The characters are really creative. There is a godmother who comes out of the TV and her godson and his horrible step brothers! I would recommend these hilarious stories to children aged 7-10.

REVIEW Even Sillier Seriously Silly Stories!: Laurence Anholt & Arthur Robins (Orchard Books, 2013)

Jennifer the Babysitter Fairy: Daisy Meadow (Orchard Books, 2013)Jennifer the Babysitter Fairy: Daisy Meadow (Orchard Books, 2013)

Kirsty and Rachel are on a holiday at the famous eco park. But watch out! There’s goblin trouble all around the park. Jack Frost has sent his goblins out to cause trouble. Jennifer has three special objects that help her with her babysitting in fairy land and the human world. But look out Jennifer there’s goblin trouble on the way! Kirsty and Rachel have to help Jennifer recover her magic objects. I would recommend this book for girls age seven to twelve. (Although my little sister who is age six loves it!)

REVIEW Jennifer the Babysitter Fairy: Daisy Meadow (Orchard Books, 2013)

For privacy reasons I can’t share the school or children’s names but I will be sending them thank-you notes for their fantastic work and I hope to have more reviews from this age group in the future.

Disclaimer: We were sent copies of  Not More Seriously Silly Stories!; Even Sillier Seriously Silly Stories!; and Jennifer the Babysitter Fairy by Hachette Children’s Books for review and donated them to our Primary School. No other financial reward was given. These reviews are the honest opinions of the 8-10 year old reviewers. I was not asked to write this post.