Doodling childrens classics

This week I have been following @Daily__Doodle & the theme has been classic picture books & here are my attempts.

I was a little late to the party so ended up combining The Very Hungry Caterpilar & The Cat in the Hat to create this


Next was Room in the Broom, I used daughter dressed for World Book Day as inspiration.


For the Tale of Peter Rabbit I attempted a little bit of painting & decided it was time for Farmer McGregor to end up in a pie


The week ended with one of my favourites The Tiger Who Came to Tea but for my version the tiger ended up as a teapot, Sophie as tea cups, Sophie’s mum as a sugar bowl and her dad as the milk jug


Hubble Bubble, The Glorious Granny Bake Off by Tracey Corderoy illustrated by Joe Berger


Being fans of the Hubble Bubble picture books we were really pleased to get the chance to review these new longer stories in Hubble Bubble, The Glorious Granny Bake Off. This book has 3 stories involving Pandora and her Granny all filled with mishap, mayhem & magic.

Its bright sunny cover was a great indication of the fun stories to come.

They are good stories to read aloud with stage whispers about Granny being a “witch” & scope for plenty of sound effects. I was really pleased that Bryn could read me one of the stories himself & it was great to see him focus on the pictures to help understand the story. I was worried that the language would be difficult but it proved to have just enough tricky words to make it a fun challenge.

For me the camaraderie of Pandora & her granny is what makes these stories charming. Bryn liked them because they made him laugh, his favourite was the last story involving a gardening competition, pink potion, hint of a dragon and a giant rabbit.

It was a 4 star hit


Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I was not asked to write this post, nor was I given any money for doing so, and the review represents my own honest opinion.

World Book Day Readathon

This year Bryn took part in a Readthon as part of the World Book Day celebrations. On the actual day his school had great fun with a Charlie & the Chocolate Factory themed day of activities which involved making peppermint creams, designing a chocolate factory, drama, dancing to the Oompa Loompa song & singing ‘Pure Imagination’, I was pretty envious of his day.

As for the Readathon Bryn worked his way through a good number of books over the 3 weeks


Books and Beyond

I’ve always loved picture books, as a kid I remember visiting the library & piling up lots of chapter books to take home and using the rest of the time to read through the boxes of picture books. As I got older I used my nieces & nephews birthday as an excuse to shop for picture books & now I have my own kids to indulge my obsession. On twitter I found a community of folk passionate about children’s literature which led me to discover this amazing sounding conference organised by The Federation of Children’s Book Group, Books and Beyond 11-13 April


Talks from amazing authors & illustrators such as Cressida Cowell, Meg Rosoff, Anthony Browne, Helen Oxenbury, Ruta Sepetys and Lauren Child to enthuse and inspire.

Check out The Federation of Children’s Book Group for all the details.

Walk this World by Lotta Neimenen

Bryn, Freya & I wrote this for the Guardian Family Reviews

This is a stunning ‘coffee table’ like book; sumptuous, enticing, stylish and ready to whisk you away to another country.

The book invites you to “take a stroll to the four corners of the globe” and explore different cultures. Each double page spread depicts a city with lots of flaps providing funny & quirky glimpses into people’s flats, shops & vehicles.

I had fun reading this with the children, they were fascinated at opening a flap to a picture of a child in the bath or a crocodile on a leash. With so many things for us to spot and talk about, including a cat eating spaghetti, we were easily engrossed. With Freya (2) it was fun the spotting animals in the different cities and she enjoyed lifting all the flaps. With Bryn (6) I was able to talk about the differences between the cities and which ones he’d like to visit.

The stylish illustrations make this book really stand out – this isn’t your typical children’s book.

There’s a Shark in the Bath by Sarah McIntyre

This is a review Bryn, Freya & I wrote for the Guardian Family Reviews

This book helps answer the important question of “what would you do if you found a shark in the bath?”. Quick thinking Dulcie has some great ideas for dealing with a whole family of sharks which had us in giggles.

Bryn declared “this is a brilliant book because it’s so funny”. With all those sharks’ teeth on display, Freya found the story both scary and exciting, but her eagerness to find out what happened to Dulcie eventually outweighed any fears. Balancing Dulcie’s perilous situation with a lot of humour, this is a perfect book to entertain them both.

It’s a great book to read aloud with fabulously fun turns of phrase and plenty of drama at each turn of the page. With lines from Papa, Mama & baby shark on nearly every page it reminded me of reading Goldilocks, but I’ll need to work hard on my ‘shark’ voices before they reach the standard of my well practiced Daddy, Mummy and baby Bear voices!

The mix of absurdity with the familiar in this story makes for a fantastic read. Bath times, however, might become a little more tricky, now we never know what we might find in the bathtub.

After reading this we checked out Sarah’s website as she always has fun activities to go with her books. We made our own books while Freya tackled one of the colouring in sheets