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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…


“Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.


This is from a classic do you know it?

If not read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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03 Charlottes Web

Wilbur the pig’s life has already been saved by Fern, but when he is sold to her uncle he realises his life is in even more danger.

Enter Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider. Charlotte is determined to keep Wilbur from the chopping block, and comes up with an ingenious way to do just that.

Charlotte’s Web  by E.B. White  is a classic tale of friendship, bravery and a little bit of animal magic.

A highly recommended read, a truly beautiful tale.

Thank you for visiting and Happy Reading

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‘That’s Our Home!’ by Jude Lennon

Keep Our Beaches Clean!

Are you passionate about keeping our beaches clean?

Would you like to help our lovely author friend Jude Lennon from Little Lamb Tales to publish her latest children’s book ‘That’s Our Home!’ You would or still not sure? If not sure then check out Jude’s video below. Or find out more on the project page by clicking HERE

If you take part in this great Kickstarter project. You could also receive goodies in exchange for your pledge. We pledged a small amount and if the project is successful we will receive a signed copy of the book. How exciting is that?

Visit Lamby and Flossie and find out more about the Kickstarter Campaign by clicking on the little lamb logo below.

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Oh my goodness check this out, a sneek peek of some of the wonderful characters that will be featured in ‘That’s Our Home!’ by Jude Lennon with the beautiful illustrations by Lisa Williams

Thats My Home Characters

Don’t forget you can help to get this book in print. Just visit the Kickstarter Page and show your support. Pledge £10 or more and you can help get the book, and its environmental message out into the world. Plus, by pledging this amount you can opt to receive a signed copy of the book should the campaign be successful. Go on what are you waiting for.

Please #SpreadTheWord and thank you for visiting. Happy Reading.

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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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Advent re-visited Day’s 20 – 23

Day 20 ‘Akea

‘Akea’ by Elizabeth Jade a talented young #IndieAuthor with beautiful black and white illustrations by Anthony Wallis 🌹📚🎄📖⭐️🐾

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Day 21 ‘Deadwood Hall’

Linda Jones @ljones2703 ‘Deadwood Hall’ a magical fantasy story 🌹📚🎄📖⭐️🐾

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Day 22 ‘George and Maude’

Sarah Griffiths ‘George and Maude’ a fun rhyming picture book with George the parrot🌹📚🎄📖⭐️🐾
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Day 22 Ruby Calendar

Day 23 ‘Ruby’s Christmas Wishes’

Rose English and ‘Ruby’s Christmas Wishes’ currently only available as a PDF but if anyone should like one I can email one across simply leave me a message below  🌹📚🎄📖⭐️🐾

Day 23 Calendar

Thank you for visiting & Happy Reading

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Advent re-visited Day’s 15 – 19

Day 15 ‘The Festival of the Snow Moon’

Beautiful #PictureBook this time by Katherine Youngman – children’s author ‘The Festival of the Snow Moon’ 🌹📚🎄📖⭐️🐾
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Day 16 ‘The Robin’s First Christmas’

A seasonal treat for the littlies ‘The Robin’s First Christmas’ by @stschroder 🌹📚🎄📖⭐️🐾
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Day 17 ‘The Dragon of Allerton Oak’

A beautiful fantasy based around a real #OakTree in #Allerton #Liverpool

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Day 18 ‘The Crooked Little Tree’

‘The Crooked Little Tree’  by Lesley Swain  beautifully #Illustrated by Sylva Fae 🌹📚🎄📖⭐️🐾
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Day 19 ‘The Railway Cat’

‘The Railway Cat’ by Ken Ashton 🌹📚🎄📖⭐️🐾

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Day 19 Calendar

Thank you for visiting & Happy Reading

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Advent re-visited Day’s 10 – 14

Gosh how time flies it seems an age now since we did the Advent Calendar of Children’s Books. With being short staffed in work I have sadly gotten behind with re-visiting all the wonderful reads we featured. Let me see if I am able to do a brief revisit today.

Day 10 Jojo’s Star

Leslie Rawlinson ‘Jojo’s Star’ 🌹🎄📖⭐️🐾📚

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Day 11 ‘Jack’s Roar’

Francesca Hepton ‘Jack’s Roar’. 🌹📚🎄📖⭐️🐾

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Day 12 ‘Time Shifters Into the Past’

@katefrostauthor Kate Frost ‘Time Shifters Into the Past’ 🌹📚🎄📖⭐️🐾

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Day 13 ‘Sparky the Dragon Bus’

Sue Wickstead and ‘Sparky the Dragon Bus’ a beautiful #PictureBook about #Inclusion 🌹📚🎄📖⭐️🐾

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Day 14 ‘Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse’

A little #Folktale ‘Seal Mother ~ A #Selkie Tale in Verse’ by Rose English UK children love this story, particularly for its pretty #illustrations by Hannah Ryan. 🌹📚🎄📖⭐️🐾

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Thank you for visiting & Happy Reading

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Day 09 Advent re-visited ‘Tales from the Travel Pouch’

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Day 09 ‘Lamby and Flossie’s Tales from the Travel Pouch’

This next book came from  Little Lamb Publishing  with Miss Jude Lennon Lamby and Flossie’s Tales from the Travel Pouch’

A beautifully illustrated collection of stories featuring Lamby and Flossie. Learn about Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Peru as they travel around South America in their trusty Travel Pouch. Find out about the famous sights they visit and who they meet along the way. Each story features a map, photographs and interesting facts for each country.

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To purchase on Amazon click the link above.

Thank you for visiting and Happy Reading.

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