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Top Children’s Titles For Christmas Stockings

22 Nov

Today I wanted to share some more fantastic publications from the fabulous Top That.

I’ve featured some of their Christmas titles here on the blog already. Now I wanted to share some others we were sent. All would be perfect for children’s stockings this Christmas.

The first book is that of the wonderful ‘Yappy Happy Dilly Dog‘ probably the most exciting book my toddler has ever had. Dilly Dog is a puppet. Simply put your hand inside the puppet and Dilly dog comes to life making this a truly exciting story for an almost 3 year old.

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The story is fun and exciting and the puppet makes it that bit more engaging. I seriously don’t think I’ve ever seen Harley this engaged in a story… Ever. Its his favourite for sure. I highly recommend it to toddlers and Pre-schoolers.

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The next book was for our Little man. At 12 years old Little man attends a special school for children with Autism and Aspergers. His choice of book is normally something that is based on fact as opposed to fiction. However, the book ‘Monster Mayhem Doodle Wars‘ is a book of a different kind, its a fantastic doodle book.

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Little man has difficulty with drawing and colouring because of fine motor skills. However this book involves no colouring (not if you don’t want it to that is)! All that’s needed is for you to doodle. Little man has honestly really enjoyed doing just this… Doodling!

What’s awesome is there is no right or wrong way to doodle and this sits well with little man. His been doodling without any encouragement from me which is awesome.

Monster Mayhem is all about monsters competing in the monster games (the equivalent of our olympics)! The fact that it includes a section on wrestling made it all the more appealing for my wrestling obsessed son.

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This book isn’t thin and flimsy. There are almost 100 pages to doodle on and will keep kids busy for months to come. Also included are a few sheets of colour in stickers. Of course the little man prefers to keep these colour free which is totally cool with me. Again I would highly recommend this book to children with a bit of inner creative flare. Its also another great idea to add to the list of toys and ideas for buying a child on the autism spectrum.

Lastly it was another doodle book that Alice was sent. ‘Popstar Doodles‘ is a real girly treat that Alice went loopy for. This awesome doodle book allows children to create outfits fit for pop stars and pop groups. Whether this be a hip hop group or a pop princess this book features them all. What’s more there are also a number of patterned pages included in this book. Kids can therefore cut out different patterns using them for the different outfit designs across the book.

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Again like ‘Monster Mayhem’ this is not a flimsy book and again it is packed full of pages allowing lots of creativity to be unleashed.

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The children were each happy with the books they received from Top That.

I am honestly yet to be sent one book from ‘Top That’ that my children are even sightly not keen on.

The Magic Of Wonderbook

2 Nov

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Featuring original new writing from J.K Rowling and set in the restricted section of the Hogwarts library, Book of Spells is an advanced textbook for budding wizard students, designed to assist them on their journey to become an accomplished wizard. Fusing traditional storytelling with ground breaking technology it’s an interactive reading experience like no other… coming to life in your living room!

Using the PlayStation Move as a magic wand, turn the pages and watch the book come to life with giant paper dragons flying above you, a pumpkin fit to burst, and spells jumping off the pages name a few – it’s so cool and kids so far are loving it!

Little man got a PS3 for his birthday and is very “into it”. We are going to attend an event tomorrow where will be able to see the game in action and share a little more about it.

I can’t wait. This looks both exciting and education and could be one for the Christmas list.

The Newly Released Phillipa Kinckerbocker Glory

26 Mar

Reading is an important life skill that should be achieved as early as possible in a child’s life. All my children love books, and my toddler is no exception to this!

Harley has many picture books and he loves nothing more than a bedtime story.

When choosing a book for Harley, I look for big bold bright illustrations, ones that will capture his little imagination in an instant, and it’s my opinion that this is what I found in the children’s picture book “Phillipa Knickerbocker Glory”

Phillipa Knickerbocker Glory is a delightful picture book by children’s author Sarahjane Funnell. Although it is primarily aimed towards children aged 3-6 years, Harley age 2 is already a big fan!

It’s not surprising really, considering this is a story about ice-cream, one of his favourite things at present.

At first glance this may seem a very girlie read, what with its use of pretty pinks and princesses throughout, however, not one to stereotype I read to Harley with an open mind.

Both the exciting storyline and wonderful illustrations had Harley smiling from start to finish.

The book is the perfect length for a toddler and I found it held Harley’s attention better than most stories we’ve read in the past. Its simple but magical and that’s what makes it great! I’d highly recommend the book Phillipa Knickerbocker Glory to parents of both young girls and boys, as a great addition to the bedtime story cabinet.

Check out the short book description below

Short description: Phillipa loves ice cream. She loves ice cream, almost as much as she loves her pet cat Little Miss Whiskers. Little Miss Whiskers is her fluffy white cat with a purple collar and bell. She doesn’t like Ice cream at all but loves nothing more than to curl up into a ball and fall fast asleep on the end of Phillipa’s bed.

One day Phillipa Knickerbocker Glory and Little Miss Whiskers embark on a deliciously exciting journey. Through a secret tunnel, they enter a magical dreamland where they find the Ice cream castle and discover every flavour of ice cream imaginable. The Ice cream castle seems like a dream come true but will it be just how Phillipa imagined? With all that ice cream, will she and Little Miss Whiskers ever want to go home?

Read this fabulous story to find out just what happens next in this deliciously delightful adventure…

This is a truly magical adventure for all little girls and boys who love to eat ice cream.  🙂

You can get hold of a copy of Phillipa Knickerbocker Glory from www.phillipaknickerbockerglory.co.uk, Waterstone’s, WH Smith and other selected book stores from today… Yes, this delightful children’s picture book has been officially released as of today (26/03/2012)

Visit the books website at www.phillipaknickerbockerglory.co.uk

Published By: Gibson Publishing
Price: £7.99
Release Date: Monday 26th March 2012

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