Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Book Reviews ft. Children's Books

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I didn't read a lot in August, granted, but I did turn my attention to four newly-released picture books sent to me via Puffin Books by autumnal princess Sarah

READ.

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GOODNIGHT SPACEMAN BY MICHELLE ROBINSON* (2017) 
FINISHED: 08/08/17 | PAGES: 32  | ISBN: 0141365625 
Two space-mad little boys get ready for bed and say goodnight to their toy rockets, launch pads and planet mobiles, before being whisked away into space on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams . . .

Capturing imaginations from the very first page, Goodnight Spaceman is the sort of bedtime read that then sparks whole worlds of creative thought. With a foreword by actual astronaut Tim Peake, this is the perfect read for both big and little aliens. The illustrations are wonderful and this story, on the whole, made me feel pretty capable of doing whatever I set my mind to.  

Great read.

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THE COW WHO FELL TO EARTH BY NADIA SHIREEN* (2017)
FINISHED: 08/08/17 | PAGES: 32  | ISBN: 1780080670 
One night a star CRASH-LANDS right on top of a flock of bumbling sheep. But the star is not a star... It's a little lost cow. And all she can say is 'WOOOOOO'. How will she find her way home when nobody can understand a word she's saying?

I went into this picture book expecting to love it. I mean, space cows?! Yes please! However, for whatever reason, I felt that this story fell flat compared to the others that I immersed myself in that afternoon. It felt less impactful to me, plot-wise, but that's not to say that the intended readership wouldn't enjoy it more. 

I would, however, recommend the others before this one.  Personal preference.

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ODD BODS BY STEVEN BUTLER* (2017)
FINISHED: 08/08/17 | PAGES: 32  | ISBN: 0141365625 
Odd Bods is a celebration of every weird and wild child - a hilarious, raucous and occasionally bizarre romp through the quirks and habits of some seriously odd bods. 

As I said in my Favourites post, I wholeheartedly enjoyed Odd Bods. Fiction for the weird and wonderful is my sort of thing and this ticked all the boxes. 

Excellent illustrations, by Jarvis, and packed full of funny individuals, this is a definite must-read for your favourite little odd bods. 

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I CAN ONLY DRAW WORMS BY WILL MABBITT* (2017)
FINISHED: 08/08/17 | PAGES: 32  | ISBN: 0141365625 
This book is about worms. I can only draw worms. You might think worms are boring - but you'd be wrong. These worms have INCREDIBLE adventures! I can't draw those bits, though, so you'll have to imagine them.

I love a picture book that doesn't take itself seriously and wonderful nonsense is offered up in abundance in Mabbitt's latest offering. I Can Only Draw Worms is full of fun and, as such, I can imagine that it inspires quite the giggle out of its younger readers. 

I'm also a big fan of that cover.

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And that's what I read in the month of August. A slow month, granted, but my mind has been on other things. If you want more bookish content, you can read through all of my other book blog posts. Or, you could scroll through my book reviews instead.

Books marked with an * were sent to me by the publisher for consideration. 



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