Childhood Unplugged

I have a passion for children’s books and have always made sure that my two children have a bookshelf full of well-written and beautifully illustrated books. As part of my childhood unplugged features I review children’s books to help busy mums find books their own children will love, or which will make lovely gifts for friends.

Each book has a link to where it can be purchased. This is usually an Amazon link.

 

The Dawn Chorus
The Dawn Chorus

Peep awakes one morning to the sound of a beautiful tune. Who is singing this wonderful song and where is it coming from? He searches and finally discovers the Dawn Chorus, a gathering of birds singing to greet the new day.   Peep understandably wants to join the Dawn Chorus, but he needs to audition. He tries and tries to get…

You Can’t Take An Elephant On The Bus
You Can’t Take An Elephant On The Bus

Having been at Bloomsbury Publishing a couple of weeks ago for their Evening of Illustration, I feel as if I’m a little late to the party with this review! There is no doubt that You Can’t take an Elephant on the Bus has already gone down a storm, and it’s easy to see why!   You can’t take an elephant…

An Evening of Illustration
An Evening of Illustration

This week I had the pleasure of being invited along to ‘An Evening of Illustration’ hosted by Bloomsbury Publishing at 50 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury’s beautiful London office. An Evening of Illustration I had a rare opportunity to meet and chat to several of Bloomsbury’s talented picture book illustrators, and had the added treat of taking a sneak peek at their sketchbooks, an exhibition…

Never Tickle A Tiger
Never Tickle A Tiger

My children love zoos, animals and school trips in almost equal measure – so this lovely picture book by Pamela Butchart was pretty much a guaranteed success from the minute we received it! We’re already great fans of Pamela Butchart too, a fresh and exciting young picture book author who never fails to disappoint. Never Tickle A Tiger Izzy (the…

Bubble Trouble
Bubble Trouble

Both my children love bubbles – bubbles in their baths, bubble pots, bubble wands and bubble machines! Bubble Trouble by Tom Percival was just written for them! Bubble Trouble Rueben and Felix are best friends, and what they like doing best is blowing bubbles – the bigger, the better! It all starts to go wrong when Rueben challenges Felix to…

The Colour Thief
The Colour Thief

Every so often a picture book jumps out at you with its title and illustrated cover, and The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo did just that! An intriguing and beautifully illustrated picture book, it is certain to become a favourite in our household, and provoke a few questions along the way too! The Colour Thief Zot lives in a world without colour…

Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth
Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth

At the moment the bedtime routine with my daughter frequently seems to be spent in the company of a very cute squiggly mammoth! My daughter loves her latest book, Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth by Paula Bowles.  I must admit to being just a little captivated too… Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth When Little Lou finds a wriggly, squiggly piece of wool…

Yeti And The Bird
Yeti And The Bird

If you live in South East England then you might want to pay a family visit to Riverhill Himalayan Gardens. The gardens are spectacular – especially at this time of year with enormous colourful rhodendendrons in full bloom! It was a recent visit there which prompted a conversation with my son about the Yeti! Riverhill has a ‘Den Building Trail’…

The Story Machine
The Story Machine

The first time I saw ‘The Story Machine’ by Tom McLaughlin was on a recent family visit to the library, and it quickly joined our pile of books to borrow! Whether you are an adult or a child a blank piece of paper can seem daunting at the best of times, and many children find it incredibly difficult to write stories…