#ShareAStory ‘Olly The Top Security Dog’

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Olly : The Top Security Dog

By Chris Turnbull & Illustrated by Izzy Bean

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Olly : The Top Security Dog (Olly The Jack Series Book 1)Olly : The Top Security Dog by Chris Turnbull
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No rest for a Jack on a mission.

Olly is no slouch, he takes his job very seriously. When things go missing around his home he is soon out on the trail. He’s a quick little Jack and wastes no time hunting high and low.

He runs round the neighbourhood interviewing all his doggy pals. He even tracks down the cat in the pub.

This is a delightful, rythmical read with beautiful bright illustrations. A real treat for the young and those simply young at heart like me. Dog lovers check it out. Very highly recommended.

If you’ve not checked out Emy’s story based on true events, I would recommend this too.

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We love this book and give it 4 Paws & a lick (5*****)

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Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the Shelves – #Environment – That’s Our Home by Jude Lennon

We love all the children’s books by Jude Lennon drop by and check out this wonderful blog on ‘That’s Our Home’ about keeping the beaches clean.

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Delighted to welcome Amazon best selling Children’s author Jude Lennon to the Cafe and bookstore, and you can also find Jude’s latest collection of short stories in the main Cafe. Today I am going to feature her recent release – That’s Our Home.

About the book

“Don’t do that! That’s our home!You’re just not being green.Use a bin or take it home.Keep the beaches clean.” Starfish, Crab and Seagull live on a beautiful beach which is being ruined by rubbish and plastic. Join them as they speak to the people on the beach and remind them about the importance of looking after the beaches and coastlines for everyone.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Adam Searle 5.0 out of 5 stars A strong message  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 July 2020

I love this book. – “That’s Our Home” is a charming story highlighting the…

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#ColouringBookDay ‘Fantasy Snowflakes’

My seal of approval‘Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book’

By J.S. Burke

There is a celebration day for almost anything these days, and today 2nd August we celebrate Colouring Books. Well we could not let this day go by without sharing our favourite one. ‘Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book’ by our wonderful friend from the US J.S.Burke.

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Below is one of our favourite snowflakes coloured in by Jenny herself, you can see more by clicking the snowflake and visiting Jenny’s web page.

Butterfly snowflake

Goodreads Book Review

Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring BookFantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book by J.S. Burke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

 

What a beautiful and very creative book full of wonderful fantasy snowflakes combining sea-creatures and fantasy images. A truly therapeutic book with the images all including descriptions written below.

The author is remarkably talented and I love that they are connected to the beautiful stories from ‘The Dragon Dreamer Series’

Very Highly Recommended

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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.

Thank you for visiting and Happy Reading

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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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