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First Lines Friday (Children’s Books)

We love this idea so we will give it a go but use only children’s books. It is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  Check out Wandering Words for more info, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Here we go…


A postman limped up the Peterson’s path and put a padded envelope through the front door letter box. As Tilly was leaving for school she picked it up and saw it was addressed to herself and her brother Olly. She quickly opened it and something hard fell into her hand. There was a letter wrapped around it.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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M.I.C.E. and the StoneM.I.C.E. and the Stone by William Coniston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a truly enjoyable read I would say it would be loved by boys and girls who were competent readers or those in secondary education upwards. Definitely not for children of a sensitive nature as there are some rather frightening scenes in the story and some real evil characters.

The story is about a brother and sister who are given a special stone by their Grandpa which has been passed down through the generations. The stone has special powers and allows the children to hear and communicate with animals specifically a secret organisation, M.I.C.E. ‘Mammals In Co-operation Everywhere’ (I really don’t know why but I had trouble trying to remember that and had to occasionally refer back a few pages.)

Olly and Tilly make some unusual new friends Jess a dog, Liam & Ian some very technically minded mice, Aristotle the badger and several more. The children and animals all come together to stop evil namely Odric and Botwulf who are both rather sinister creatures. Botwulf will stop at nothing to retrieve the stone and raise his master. Hence some very scary parts of the book.

Set around the ancient British coastline of Whitby & north Yorkshire with it’s stormy seas and sinister cliff faces this book makes for an eerie read. Worth checking out.

Aimed at 9 – 18 year olds.


A highly recommended read.

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#SixForSunday Our Top 6 Children’s Books of 2019

Our Top 6 Children’s Books of 2019

After seeing a few of our book lover friends taking part in this #SixForSunday  S4S  we thought it might be nice to give it a go. I believe it originally came from A Little But A Lot go check it out.

The Sheep Won’t Sleep!The Sheep Won’t Sleep! by Curtis Jobling

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 04 of our Goodreads Challenge 2019

We love all things sheepy so we could not help but fall in love with this wonderful story. It is all about a sleepy sheep dog who has to put one hundred naughty sheep to bed but…

The Sheep Won’t Sleep

This phrase is used throughout the book encouraging little ones to join in the reading. It is a fun, bright, colourful rhyming read.


The Sheep Who Hatched an EggThe Sheep Who Hatched an Egg by Gemma Merino

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 20 of our Goodreads Challenge 2019

‘Lola the sheep had extraordinary wool, it was shiny, it was silky, it was soft, and it never, ever tangled.’

Lola is very proud and happy of the way she looks, but then come summer all the sheep have a hair cut and Lola feels ridiculous and hides herself away. All she wants is to have her beautiful wool back.

Oh yes it does come back, but it is all wild, messy and tangled so she keeps herself away from the others. Whilst resting below a tree an egg falls from a nest, Lola does not even notice but the wild warmth of the wool protects it and soon a bright baby chick is born. The two become great friends.

As the chick becomes stronger and summer approaches the pair must part ways, and Lola realises it is more important to have friends than to have extraordinary wool.

A beautiful picture book with bright fun illustrations, great to read with little ones.


More Ketchup Please! Ruby's Tomato TaleMore Ketchup Please! Ruby’s Tomato Tale by Adam Bestwick

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 35 of our Goodreads Challenge 2019

Loved this book written in rhyme and full of fun illustrations. When Ruby was a baby Dad was half asleep one night when he went to get a bottle of milk to feed her. Sadly he gave her a bottle of tomato ketchup instead. Now Ruby has to have tomato ketchup on EVERYTHING!

‘She glugged ketchup on her boiled egg (and even in her soup)…
Ketchup on her ice cream too…
that poured out with a gloop!’

and when she runs out she screams “I want more ketchup please!”

Before we know it the corner shop runs out, then the supermarkets and even the whole world might be running out soon too. Do you know someone who loves ketchup as much as Ruby?


Harry Saves The Ocean!: Teaching children about plastic pollution and recycling. (Harry The Happy Mouse)Harry Saves The Ocean!: Teaching children about plastic pollution and recycling. by N. G K.

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 73 of our Goodreads Challenge 2019

I love a picture book with a message and this beautifully illustrated book has the message of keeping litter out of the sea to save the animals of the ocean. Of course Harry the Happy Mouse is the one to help instigate the clean up.

Wonderful rhyming read that the kids will love.


Lamby Goes CampingLamby Goes Camping by Miss Jude Lennon

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 89 of our Goodreads Challenge 2019

A wonderful bright colourful rhyming read about Flossie and Lamby. Everyone is excited to be setting out with their friends on a camping adventure in Buttercup the bright yellow campervan. Children will absolutely love this with its repetative rhymes that they will soon learn to say along with you.

With a gurgle, a splutter, a clunk and a cough
The bright yellow van sets off.

Very highly recommended


Sparky the Dragon BusSparky the Dragon Bus by Sue Wickstead

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 126 of our Goodreads Challenge 2019

A beautiful story of inclusion

What an amazing story, more so the fact that Sparky the Bus is a real playbus adapted for all children to be able to join in the fun. Truly remarkable and bright beautiful illustrations.Well done to the author and illustrator.


It was hard to choose just six but these were our favourites of the year. Check them out for yourself. These were shared with a young boy called Seb (8) and his sister Spencer (5), and they loved these as much as we did.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Reading

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Poems To Fall In Love with

Today sharing news #NationalPoetryDay #PoetryDayUK is this coming Thursday 3rd October 2019 and I urge you to go check out this beautiful blog over on the Red Reading Hub. If you are looking for a selection of poetry to share with children the beautifully illustred collection by Chris Riddell is worth thinking about. Click the link below to visit Jill’s page with illustration samples.

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Poems To Fall In Love With
chosen and illustrated by Chris Riddell
Macmillan Children’s Books

I’d already fallen in love with a good number of the poems Chris Riddell has included in this superb collection, but finding them here is still as much a joy as discovering the unfamiliar ones he’s chosen.

One of the latter in the first section Love and Friendship is Neil Gaiman’s Locks, inspired by the story of the Three Bears. It begins and ends, ‘We owe it to each other to tell stories.’ Powerful and very moving it was written by Gaiman for his then very young daughter.

Another new one to delight me was A.F.Harrold’s Postcards From The Hedgehog. The prickly writer is Simon and in his second card he writes this: ‘Dear Mum, / Lovely weather today. / I saw a really pretty girl. / Not sure how to approach her…

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No.1 ‘Harry Saves the Ocean’ by N.G.K

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Harry Saves the Ocean

Hello and welcome, we just wanted to share some great news about one of our favourite characters Harry the Happy Mousehe is currently No.1 on the Amazon UK downloads and if you are reading this on Thursday 5th September 2019 you can download his story for FREE.


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Harry Saves The Ocean: Teaching children about sea pollution and recycling. (Harry The Happy Mouse Book 5)Harry Saves The Ocean: Teaching children about sea pollution and recycling. by N.G. K.

My rating 4 paws plus

Another A~MAZ~ING bright colourful rhyming read for children, featuring our favourite character Harry the Happy Mouse. We absolutely love this book series. However, this book is truly special bringing to light the problem of plastics in our oceans and along the coastlines. The opening lines simply entice you in as if swept along on a gentle sea breeze.

On the crest of a wave and the wisp of the wind,
Harry the Happy Mouse was packing his things.

The illustrations by Janelle Dimmett are as bright and beautiful as ever. Children of all ages are going to love this wonderful educational read.

Very Highly Recommended.

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#RubyTubeDay 08 More Ketchup Please

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More Ketchup Please!

by Adam Bestwick

 

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We give this book 4 Paws & a Lick

4 paws plus

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More Ketchup Please! Ruby's Tomato TaleMore Ketchup Please! Ruby’s Tomato Tale by Adam Bestwick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Loved this book written in rhyme and full of fun illustrations. When Ruby was a baby Dad was half asleep one night when he went to get a bottle of milk to feed her. Sadly he gave her a bottle of tomato ketchup instead. Now Ruby has to have tomato ketchup on EVERYTHING!

‘She glugged ketchup on her boiled egg (and even in her soup)…
Ketchup on her ice cream too…
that poured out with a gloop!’

and when she runs out she screams “I want more ketchup please!”

Before we know it the corner shop runs out, then the supermarkets and even the whole world might be running out soon too.

Do you know womeone who loves ketchup as much as Ruby?

View all my reviews

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