Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT #ChildrensFiction Jimmy The House Spider by Raymond T Davies

Today’s team review is from Chris, she blogs here http://cphilippou123.wordpress.com

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Chris has been reading Jimmy The House Spider by Raymond T Davies

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A cute children’s story about the adventures of Jimmy the house spider, spending his days with grandpa.

When Jimmy the house spider and Grandpa first meet, there is instant chemistry between the two and they soon become firm friends, with Jimmy spending post of his days in Grandpa’s pocket. But there are still dangers to navigate, including a cat and a pond full of hungry creatures…

The story was very sweet, and there were a lot of facts included in this fictional tale, but woven well into the story so that they did not feel overbearing in any way. The illustrations were also good. The book could have done with more paragraphs, as a page full of text with no white space is a little tough for the young audience this book is aimed at to tackle but, apart from that, a great little read. Recommended.

Book description

‘I have spent a good deal of time teaching my children and grandchildren to respect the other creatures we share our world with. Many children and even many grown-ups, suffer from arachnophobia with unfortunate results for themselves and the spiders; particularly those who inhabit our homes. My hope is this house spider adventure will dispel some of those fears and influence children and their parents to look kindly on these useful and harmless little creatures and indeed, all life forms which make up our world. They all have their part to play in ensuring our unique planet and the life it supports, will continue.’

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #Childrensfiction Muffy & Valor by @KarlBeckstrand

Today’s team review is from Chris, she blogs here http://cphilippou123.wordpress.com

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Chris has been reading Muffy & Valor: A True Story by Karl Beckstrand

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Dog-friendly children’s fiction, about the importance of friendship and empathy, this short children’s book, in theory, ticks all the boxes.

The injured Muffy has become scared of interactions, but when another dog is hit by a car, Muffy finds the courage and empathy to help them through the tough times.

This was a very interesting concept of a book with cute photo-type illustrations, and a dyslexic-friendly font. There was a sweet story line with some lovely life lessons. And yet the story felt a little preachy, and I think the “true story” element derailed the writing into something less strong than it could have been.

Book description

(Nonfiction, dogs) After a painful injury, a little dog named Muffy learns empathy for a German shepherd that has been hit by a car. Illustrated dog book teaches compassion, friendship, courage, and trust (kids ages 4 – 7). 700 words in dyslexic-friendly font.

About the author

Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning and bestselling author of 18 multicultural titles and more than 50 e-books (reviews by Kirkus, The Horn Book blog, School Library Journal, ForeWord Reviews). Beckstrand earned a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a certificate from Film A. Academy. Once a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley, Beckstrand’s early work was produced by two publishers (the first died the day they were to print his book!). Since 2004 he has guided Premio Publishing & Gozo Books. An engaging speaker and workshop facilitator, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, public policy, film, and broadcasting. He teaches media at a state college—including TV/radio scripts and Web content—and contrasts traditional publishing with digital book publishing.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT THE SECRETS OF ICE CREAM SUCCESS by A.D Hartley @Anth_Hartley

Today’s team review is from Jessie, she blogs at http://behindthewillows.com

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Jessie has been reading The Secrets Of Ice cream by AD Hartley

Do you remember that group of kids, (mostly boys) that was so fun to be around?

Clowns, jokers and best friends they teased each other and everyone else, wrestled and created a friendly hulabaloo everywhere they went.  Everyone giggled with them and nobody ever took seriously until one day you turned around and realized that somehow, between all the fart jokes and noogies, they’d gone out, conquered demons you didn’t even know they had and accomplished things.

The gang in this book is saving an ice cream emporium but I think you’ll recognize them anyway.

Would I recommend it? Yes! The antics of the boys (and girl) are an excellent counter balance to the heavier elements of the book. I was hooked by the drama and laughed my way through the plot. Which might mean I have the sense of humor of a fourteen year old boy… But it certainly means that I’d recommend it as a great middle grade or young adult book.  Heck, I’d even say that, as your child’s responsible parent, you think you should probably “check” this book for them and read it first!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I discovered this book because I’m a proud member of Rosie’s Book Review Team!

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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The Downunder Kid by Peter M Clutterbuck @PublishingPush #Kidslit

The Downunder KidThe Downunder Kid by Peter M. Clutterbuck

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Downunder Kid is a children’s story for older primary school children around the age of 11 years. It has two settings, London and Australia.

Sam Bond lives in Littlebury Lane in a London suburb and is in his final year of primary school, he’s a small boy and is threatened by local bullies Wally and Arthur Fletcher. Whilst avoiding the boys Sam asks to do some extra school research in the school library cellar. Here he discovers a book called A Journey Downunder from a boy called Zachary Tyler written around 1798. It tells of the adventures of this 12 year old boy who dug a tunnel from London to Australia.

Terrified of Wally and Arthur, Sam runs home and frantically starts digging in his garden following instructions on how to get to Australia. A couple of days later Sam finds himself upside down on the other side of the world.

Advised to get anti-gravity boots to stop him falling off the world, Sam discovers friendly people in a place of heat and flies. He enrols at the local school and finds inner strength to face the bullies in a lucky turn of events. He uses his adventures and experience to beat the London based bullies when he returns to London via the tunnel.

This is a fun book about school bullies. There is a list of Australian terminology at the end of the book. There are quite a few long grown -up words and expressions which added to the Australian slang may make this book challenging for some readers. One small point, I wasn’t convinced about the anti-gravity boots, children today are well travelled and know about countries all over the world from school lessons, plus television brings them right into our homes and although a fun idea, would they really believe you might fall off the world?

This review is based on a free copy of the book give to me by Publishing Push.

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The Gift Of Charms by Julia Suzuki

The Gift of Charms (The Land of Dragor)The Gift of Charms by Julia Suzuki

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Gift of Charms is a children’s fantasy story I would suggest a reading age around 9-12 years. The story is about dragons and the hidden land they live in. It opens with the hatching of a special egg and the birth of Yoshiko born to the Nephan clan. There are seven clans in the Land of Dragor and the dragons from each clan vary in colour and special abilities.

We next meet Yoshiko a 10 year old dragon attending his first day of Fire School where he makes both friends and enemies as they are taught to breath fire, fly and enter the hot fire pits. Yoshiko has an embarrassing trait, he changes colour and he doesn’t know why until one day he flies off and meets the mysterious dragon called Guya.

Guya understands that Yoshiko is different and sets him three tasks to test his strength and determination. If he can prove himself he’ll get some answers and an important quest.

A good book for younger readers who enjoy the fantasy genre.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Amanda reviews S.C.A.R.S. by Julia Ibbotson

Today we have a review from Amanda, she blogs at https://ajbookreviewclub.wordpress.com/

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Amanda chose to read and review S.C.A.R.S by Julia Ibbotson in conjunction with Brook Cottage Books

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a children’s novel.

WHAT I SAY
Julia wrote this book as a young girl and it so good you would never know that . i like Julia writhing style it so easy to read and just flows so well you just get caught up in this wonderful fantasy story
I would say the book aim at children in their teens but i am a adult and i really did enjoy it so i say anyone could read

Gavin a lovely boy but he seem to be having a hard time at school as he getting bullied
He seem to love king Arthur and he alway reading about all things medieval this is his escape i felt he did enjoy it so much

Sometimes at night he hears voices calling him one night he followed the voice into this wonderful fantasy world of Unor
Here they call him Gawain he so powerful and so happy here trying to save the land can the good overpower the evil
This world is full of knights , dragons and kings, The king set him on a quest .Did he do the quest ?

The book will just captures your imagination you will want to read more to see what going to happen next

Julia Descriptions just instantly transport you into this world you can see it all in your mind you are there with them all

As i said before Julia Writhing style just flowed seamlessly and just draw me into this fascinating story .
I want to tell you more about the plot but i want you all to read

The book shows you want friendship all about and what evil all around us in one way or another .i loved that Gavin escape into this world i enjoy reading about his two life’s
Can he save the people of Unor ?
Can he defect the evil enemy ?
Just a wonderful book that will hook you into this wonderful world
You will love all the characters you feel part of this book it so good

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK JULIA FOR LETTING ME READ AND REVIEW HER FAB BOOK

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S.C.A.R.S by Julia Ibbotson

S.C.A.R.SS.C.A.R.S by Julia Ibbotson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

S.C.A.R.S is a fantasy story for children in their early teens. Gavin and Roly are quiet lads who are the victims of bullies at school. Gavin enjoys the tales of King Arthur and medieval style heroes.

One night he hears a voice calling and following the voice, he finds himself in a strange land where others call him Gawain and he is a knight. He rides off with a group called the Host of Red to try to defeat an evil enemy. But the enemy is strong and only Gawain is left after the battle. He reaches King Bercivorn who tells him of a quest he must go on to save the people of Unor.

Each night Gavin slips from his world to the next as his adventure as Gawain takes him onwards to find a weapon to defeat the enemy. Each day he returns to his world as Gavin. This is a tale of friendship and strength when the world about you is full of evil.

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Dragons, knights and a boy who slips through a tear in the fabric of the universe into a fantasy medieval world …

Gavin is an ordinary boy with problems like everyone else, when he finds himself in an extraordinary situation and facing the fight of his life. People are calling him Gawain and sending him on a medieval quest. How has he found himself on a horse when he has never ridden one before? How come he has a sword in his hand and terrifying creatures bearing down upon him? He seems to have slipped through into another universe. But can he win the battle of Good against Evil, and can he save the land of Unor   ̶  and more importantly, can he save himself?

PLEASE NOTE: This is a children’s novel.

About Julia Ibbotson

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Julia Ibbotson is an author and academic, and lives in the middle of the English countryside in a renovated Victorian rectory with her husband, an orchard, a kitchen garden and far too many moles. Her four children are now grown up and she has four grandchildren. She was a school teacher for many years, teaching English and Drama, and trying to get kids to read lots and to write stories. She especially enjoyed reading out to her classes books that she loved herself. Then she became a senior university lecturer, researcher and writer. She loves travelling, choral singing, walking, sailing and swimming.

Author links

Webpage   www.juliaibbotsonauthor.com

Facebook   JuliaIbbotson author

Twitter   @JuliaIbbotson

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Goodreads author page:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6017965.Julia_Ibbotson

 

BUY LINKS

Available from Amazon (paperback and ebook editions) at           http://www.amazon.co.uk/S-C-R-S-Julia-Ibbotson-ebook/dp/B00PFUCGKW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416342823&sr=1-1&keywords=julia+Ibbotson

 

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The giveaway on this tour is 2 copies of the book. International winners will receive an ecopy and UK winners a paperback copy.
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