Children’s Book Reviews – January 2023

Fiona, Love at the Zoo

by Zondervan

The Blurb

Join your favorite hippo, Fiona, the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, as she visits her zoo friends and celebrates how love makes the world more beautiful. Learn with Fiona as she discovers how different animals show their affection and love. Fiona, Love at the Zoo is another addition to the wildly successful Fiona the Hippo series of books, created by New York Times bestselling illustrator Richard Cowdrey.

Fiona, Love at the Zoo is: A perfect way to tell someone you love them. Great for fans of Fiona the Hippo and all zoo animals. A beautiful gift for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and more, featuring a cover that shimmers and shines with foil and gloss. Part of the Fiona series of books that includes Fiona the Hippo; A Very Fiona Christmas; Fiona, It’s Bedtime; Fiona Helps a Friend; and the Fiona I Can Read series

What I Thought

A beautifully illustrated book about love, that would make a perfect gift for a little one you love!

Follow Fiona as she goes around the zoo looking for love, and finds how all the different animals show love in different ways, from hugs and kisses, to sharing food and rubbing noses. This is a sweet story and will make perfect bedtime reading while snuggling!

Where To Buy

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Collins A Word a Day

365 words for curious minds

The Blurb

The perfect children’s gift book to last the whole year

Discover a wonderful word every day!

A year’s worth of intriguing words, including ones that reflect the changing seasons and link to the date or month on which they appear.
– suffragette on International Women’s Day
– rewild on Earth Day
– empathise on International Day of Friendship

Beautifully illustrated by Julia Murray with a ribbon marker, it explains what the words mean, how to say them and where they came from.

Never be lost for words again…

What I Thought

Riley is absolutely loving learning new and interesting words at the moment and then using them…not always in context but A* for effort! I remember Leo being like this at the same age too.

Never mind the kids though – I love this book too. A great conversation starter over the breakfast table – reading, defining and using the new word in a sentence. Each day you have a new word, how to pronounce, what part of speech it is and a definition.

Such a great gift idea for kids who love English or may need some help in expanding their vocabulary in a fun way!

Where To Buy

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The Very Best Hug

by Smriti Halls

The Blurb

 Have you ever wondered who gives the very BEST hug? The kind that feels just right?

Get ready to join us on a mission to find the PERFECT hug. From bear hugs to koala cuddles, hippo huddles to walrus wiggles, penguin pecks to porcupine prickles, there are a LOT of hugs to choose from. But sometimes, the very best hug is the one that comes from the people you love most.

Full of chaotic animal cuddles, this irresistible story from award-winning author Smriti Halls is perfect for sharing and reading aloud.

Warning: You may want to hug this book!

What I Thought

The warning is right – you will want to hug this book and the beautiful story it tells!

Perfect for reading at bedtime, the text rhymes which is always a positive for me! The book is full of lovely illustrations that help the story come alive, as you join the mission to find the best hug!

Absolutely loved this story and highly recommend to share with your little ones!

Where To Buy

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Baby Dragon’s Big Sneeze

A Picture Book About Empathy and Trust for Children Age 3-7

by Sheryl Bass

The Blurb

Help kids learn to give others a chance with this sweet story for kids ages 3-7.

When a young dragon accidentally burns down a village with a fiery sneeze, the townspeople are angry.

The dragon fears for his life—until a brave little girl enters his cave and learns that the poor dragon is sick.

The unhappy townspeople try to figure out how to calm everyone’s anger, while helping the dragon get well.

A perfect addition to every home and school library.

What I Thought

A great book for young children that can help them learn about empathy. The story is another rhyming one so more plus points for that!

The illustrations are bright and really bring the story to life. This would be a lovely story to share with your little one, discussing themes like kindness and feelings like anger.

Where To Buy

Buy from my Amazon shop

Guest Post – Guide To Your Teen’s First Car

I was filling in my new calendar the other day when I realised my oldest, Leo, will be turning 15 this year!!! How did that happen?!? Anyway, when this guest post came a long I thought it would be a good read for all the fellow parents of teenagers out there!

Photo by Mike B on

Guide To Your Teen’s First Car

The day has come for your teen to take on the open road with a new car. While he or she may be excited about purchasing a new set of wheels, as a parent, you may feel uneasy about this newfound sense of freedom. However, you can ensure your teen has a reliable and safe vehicle by following these helpful tips.

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Guest Post – Why Pretend Play Is Important

I am sure you have all heard it – some of you have maybe said it – “he is a boy and shouldn’t be playing with dolls” and “why is she dressed as a pirate and not a princess?“. To say it is one of the things that riles me is an understatement!

After working with children for over ten years, the importance of pretend play (and not enforcing gender stereotypes on our children) is very clear to me. Some parents don’t understand it though, or don’t see it as an important part of learning and think teaching them numbers is much more vital. This short piece explains the importance of learning through play and especially, pretend play – hope you enjoy!

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Book Reviews – January 2023

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Hello and happy new year again! Today I am sharing some of my most recent reads with you, and what I thought about them! I am starting with one of my favourite reads of last year – the whole series in fact – as not one book disappointed me! I’d love to hear if you have read any of these and what you thought – let me know in the comments below.

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Hello 2023!

Happy New Year!

Firstly, I wanted to thank all those still reading my blog. The last few months, posts have been few and far between as I have adjusted to working life again! I am going to be making an effort to post at least one or maybe two posts a week from now on – I have missed writing and have a lot to say still!

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