Children's

Sweet Pizza – G.R. Gemin ★★★★

Blurb; When Joe tasted a mouthful he was amazed how delicious it was – a dense taste, better than any pasta he’d eaten before. Food was suddenly different – he felt as if his taste buds were doing the cha-cha-cha on Strictly.

Joe loves his Italian heritage: the language, the opera, the lasagne! But it’s hard to celebrate his Italian roots in Bryn Mawr, South Wales, where his mam is sick of running the family’s tatty café. Just like his great-grandfather who opened the café in 1929, Joe is an entrepreneur. He vows to save the family business, and to spice up the tired High Street with a little Italian flavour!

This is a heart-warming story about bringing a diverse community together and the amazing history of Italian immigrants in Wales. From the author of Cowgirl, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

My review; This is an award winning children’s read. A beautiful coming together story to save a cafe that has been in the family for decades. Main character Joe is not giving up on this cafe however much his mother wants to sell it. He is a very determined & clever boy coming up with alsorts of ways to save it. Bring in an amazing cook with family ties to help and Joe learning all about his families past, it makes a heartwarming read with a brilliant ending. Contains short chapters. It’s an easy read. It’s a lovely read. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Children's

*BLOG TOUR* Hound on a Scrounge – Maria Bucci ★★★★

Blurb; Meet Buddy. Buddy is a doggy, and he’d very much like to be your friend. How would you like to come under the table on a scrounge with him? But wait! First, you can’t be human. You have to be a doggy like him. Do you think you can? Don’t worry, Buddy will show you how and then you can eat an afternoon tea together. Well…kind of!

Join Buddy under the table as he takes you under his wing (or paw) and teaches you how to love the quintessentially British tradition of a yummy Afternoon Tea! A fun, interactive story for 3–6-year-olds, Hound on a Scrounge also includes a brief history lesson on how Afternoon Tea came to be – the true version as Buddy sees it! Don’t miss this ulti-mutt-ly charming story that will have everyone’s tails wagging!

Noahs thoughts aged 4; This was a funny book. The dog is really friendly and made me act like a dog and hide under a table. I had lots of fun acting like a dog and reading this with mummy. I’m going to take this into school so my whole class can act like dogs. I liked it. Made me laugh and smile. Thank you for the book.

My thoughts as a parent; This was a fun read for all three of my children 7 months, 4 years and 7 years. My 7 year old can read this herself and the younger two enjoyed the illustrations with my 4 year old getting into the story and acting like a dog. It’s an interactive story where the dog includes the reader and gets them involved by pretending to be a dog. A short read which is beautifully illustrated. Something different and fun. Would highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Children's · Christmas

The Christmas Competition – Mel Taylor-Bessent ★★★★

Blurb; The Christmas-crazy Carrolls are back – and this time, they have an ice-skating baby penguin!

There’s a new family in town determined to steal the Carrolls’ tinselly crown. Can Holly and her family win the Christmas Chronicle’s competition for the Most Festive Family? Or will they discover that there is more to life than perfect Christmas decorations, a personal toboggan run, and more pressies than you can shake a candy cane at?

My Review; I loved book one of this, I would recommend reading these in order as does refer to the previous book and gives a good background into this family and characters. It is illustrated throughout, a perfect children christmas read. Funny. Christmassy. Festive. It is a competition for who has the best christmas, so ofcourse the Carrolls are in with a chance of winning but with Holly getting older and wanting to celebrate Halloween this year do they have a chance to win? The competiton is mega and the other family is quite rude and very different from the Carrolls as they have their own Christmas village. It’s a race against time who will win? Parts had me laughing away, perfect for all children (and big kids like me). Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. Did I also mention? This book has the most adorable little penguin who likes to escape, so it’s a must buy from me.

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