Obsessive About Octopuses by Owen Davey

We love the octopus and this beautiful recommended read has been added to our wish list

The Great British Bookworm


Confession time:  I am obsessive about Flying Eye Books and for good reason.  The books they publish are always top notch and visually amazing.  Whenever I see one I ultimately take the time to check in out and end up engrossed.  Yet in my opinion what they do better than most it create fabulous non-fiction.  At the heart of this achievement in Owen Davey with his cracking series.


Dedicating a book to a single animal and the various species provides the reader with a detailed, fascinating experience.  Crazy information that explains the two suborders of octopus and explains how one of the most visually striking sea creatures uses it’s body to survive is presented on every page.  I mean they have beaks!  Who knew?

Other pages look at how the Octopus is represented in mythology, conservation, the more odd members of the family and my favourite ‘self-defence’.


Owen Davey presents…

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Ruby’s #OneMinuteStory Day 01

World Book Day #ShareAStory #ShareAMillionStories

Officially the Share A Million Stories started yesterday, but here we are to share our news on the event. We are counting down to #WorldBookDay2020 and would love to be able to take part in  ‘share a million stories’ but time alas is against us. However, we are going to try out a few of our ‘One Minute Stories’. Drop by each day until World Book Day on Thursday 5th March 2020 to check out each story.

In the meantime, to find out more about World Book Day simply click the logo to visit the main website.

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Ruby’s #OneMinuteStory 01 ‘The Last Race’

Check out our first ‘One Minute Story’ You might also like to know that it is also a #OneHundredWord story.

Happy Listening.

The Last Race by Rose English

A fragrant spring breeze gently blew over the meadow. The last dandelion clock prepared for the big race; it was not a race to the finish, but a contest of agility – which seed would get the furthest, in the least amount of time?

The athletes shivered in anticipation, each seed nudging its neighbour. The wind whirled, caressing the wildflowers that cheered and waved. It rippled over the grass, tickling and teasing those who waited in anticipation of the final battle. The bluebells rang out, signifying for the seeds to be ready.

Then it was here, and they were off!

Share A Million Stories for World Book Day

Folk can still sign up to be part of the Million Stories Event with prizes up for grabs.  All reading for a minimum of 10 minutes counts towards a story share.

DON’T FORGET: 1 story share = the number of children who are listening, so if you are reading to a group of 30, that’s 30 story shares!

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Thank You for visiting

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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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#NaNoWriMo Day 2

#NaNoWriMo 2019 writing challenge and Rose is writing short stories to go in some mini books for younger readers or those simply young at heart.

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NaNoWriMo Saturday 2nd November Word Count

If you click the image below you will be able to visit my NaNoWriMo profile and see my current projects and attempted projects from the past. (Opens in a new window).


Today’s creation

Some year’s ago when I did NaNoWriMo I wanted to work on a book of short stories about shoes. The book is on hold but I did have a few ideas and this story below was inspired by a longer story I had created for that book.

The Snolar Bear

Bright whiteness filled the room, even with my eyes closed tight I noticed it, as I slowly stir from slumber. The house was wrapped in a sunny silence, so bright for a November morning.  As I stretch and raised myself from the bed, I look from my window to see a new world. A place of wonder, bright and white as…

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Thrills and Scares for Halloween!

#Halloween treats much better than sweets! Children’s Books will last a lifetime. See these wonderful recommendations from Lily and the Fae.

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Ok there’s no shortage of horror books out there but these are just a few from MG to YA I have enjoyed and are deliciously creepy or in a few cases scare your knickers off terrifying.

For someone who wants to think along with their horror

The Maker of Monsters- Lorraine Gregory

Although a tad more gentle on horror than many of the books on this list, Wrath is a truly scary villain and army of blood thirsty reanimated hybrid monsters chasing down humans to destroy is pretty dark!! But it also has a wonderful warmth from the family Brat has created with the monsters rejected for being too sweet and a bundle of joy and love in Tingle.

It’s also is a wonderful tribute to the ethics and philosophy behind some of the greatest sci-fi horror stories ever, including Frankenstein and The Island of Doctor Moreau questioning what it…

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#NationalPoetryDay 02 Highly Contagious

NPD-2019-Website-Banner-1370x457Don’t forget to click the banner above to visit the #NationalPoetryDay website for more information about the day and check out what is happening in your area.

Smile it's Contagious

#RubyTubeDay Poetry ‘Highly Contagious’

It’s too late,
I’ve caught it,
the blame is on you.
I said “It’s contagious.”
So what do you do,
your smile it just broadens
I’m taken right in,
and now I have caught it
your great cheeky grin.
Highly Contagious!

Why not try it for yourself, see how many smiles you can catch today. Happy Reading.

Thank You for visiting

Call back later for more poems.

Don’t forget to SMILE!

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