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Our Week in Books #1

I’m still fairly quiet on the blogging front, but it’s back to school next week so that should start to pick up again. Real life has to win against blogging of course!

This week I have read one book for me which is Aspergirls by Rudy Simone. I read it entirely on New Year’s Day as it was an easy read and because it was – not a revelation, maybe an affirmation? – of things I had suspected for some time. I need to re-read, highlight extensively and then post about! Otherwise I have also read parts of The Etymologican by Mark Forsyth and Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (both 99p Kindle purchases). The latter is not appealing to me enough to race through and the former isn’t the fiction that I’m currently craving so they are both in limbo.

In the five days of 2013 I’ve read 22 (and a half) different picture books to MG and DG. The different is important, as I have read some of them several times! This week’s “winner” in terms of re-reads is Jo Lodge’s Peekaboo Little Roar. A book that is technically too young for MG and DG but a huge hit nonetheless. Series winner goes to Princess Evie’s Ponies which both girls are enjoying immensely, much to my dismay… Actually, they’re not bad at all, just not my cup of tea!

Princess Evie's Ponies: Neptune the Magic Sea Pony Claude on Holiday. by Alex T. Smith Harry the Dirty Dog I Love You. by Giles Andreae, Emma Dodd Come Along, Daisy! Peekaboo Little Roar. Jo Lodge Rosie's Walk Merry Christmas Maisy Down By The Cool Of The Pool Welcome to Alien School Princess Evie's Ponies: Willow the Magic Forest Pony Princess Evie's Ponies: Star the Magic Sand Pony The Goldilocks Variations: A Pop-up Book Ella Grub in Love Tyrannosaurus Drip Muffin and the Expedition Ballet Class Princess Evie's Ponies: Silver the Magic Snow Pony Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! We Love You, Hugless Douglas! Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book Can You See Sassoon?

Six picture books have been added to our bookshelves so far this year! Two classics on buy one get one free from the lovely Tales on Moon Lane which I have at last visited; and four review books from Hachette. What lucky book bloggers we are 🙂

I’ve also been adding several 20p and 99p books to my Kindle in the Amazon sale. Ones I want to read at some point and at that price I’m afraid I can’t resist… I still can’t bear the idea of picture books on Kindle though.

Yesterday I took MG to London for the first time. We didn’t go on/into anything (it cost over £30 for the two of us to do anything like London Eye or Aquarium, and I just couldn’t justify the cost on a grotty January day just after Christmas!) but we walked along Embankment and took photos, then met some twitter friends at Tales on Moon Lane. MG loved her special grown-up mummy/daughter day trip. DG stayed with grandparents and was thoroughly spoiled 🙂

The Princess and the Peas at Tales on Moon Lane

Invitation

I was so excited when the invitation arrived in my mailbox and said “Yes! Yes! YES!” immediately. I live near Oxford and have no clue about London but it generally seems fairly easy to visit. The night before when I actually checked the route and realised it was going to take me three hours to get there I panicked but still thought it was worth it. On the actual day, DG had her pre-school booster inoculations and was really upset so I turned into overprotective mummy mode and didn’t want to leave her!

I missed this fab event, but Caryl and Sarah very kindly e-mailed me lots of pictures to share instead. Thanks to Dom from Nosy Crow who sent me a copy of the book to review and I also want to give special thanks to Elli, who offered to ‘hold my hand’ finding the event and in my absence got a copy of the book signed for my girls 🙂

As I wasn’t there, I’ll have to let the pictures talk for themselves, it looked like an amazing time was had by all and the children look so captivated. Well done Nosy Crow, Sarah, Caryl and Tales on Moon Lane!

Caryl & Sarah with Lily-Rose May, Tales on Moon Lane

Caryl & Sarah with Lily-Rose May, Tales on Moon Lane

Caryl reading, Sarah drawing, crowd laughing - Tales on Moon Lane

Caryl reading, Sarah drawing, crowd laughing – Tales on Moon Lane

Caryl reading, Sarah drawing, crowd laughing - Tales on Moon Lane

Caryl reading, Sarah drawing, crowd laughing – Tales on Moon Lane

Caryl & Sarah signing for their fans

Caryl & Sarah signing for their fans

Sarah & Caryl join the Tales on Moon Lane wall of fame

Sarah & Caryl join the Tales on Moon Lane wall of fame

The end of the evening, and it looks like even the made up characters had too much bubbly... ;-)

The end of the evening, and it looks like even the made up characters had too much bubbly… 😉