Book Reviews

Sarah’s Shadow by Nick Jones  (Author), Si Clark (Illustrator

This is a wonderful, adorable story. What I liked about was how the message was told of in the way of the shadow being bullied and learning just to love and to be yourself. While it had a great moral message it was a fun story with a lovely ending. My daughter in particular loved this and had fun making wall shadows afterwards.

The Five Fierce Tigers of Rosa Martinez by Burt Kempner

What a wonderful story for capturing the imagination of a child, but not only that, adults will relate to this too. The message of this classic story is that inside we all have our strengths and we can use them to fight off any hurdles life will throw at us. My own little girl has her very own tiger called Lilly who she summons up whenever she feels hurt. This is beautifully written along with wonderful illustrations. Highly recommend this.


Rainbow Monsters by Sylva Fae

I read this with my six year old girl who adored the book. This is a delightful, happy book, is great for early readers and as a parent I really enjoyed it myself. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and it is a fun way to teach children the colours of the rainbow. There is also the added bonus at the end with games that are not only fun for kids but are educational too. Overall I would recommend this book and look forward to seeing more from this author.


Father Knows best

My kids and I loved this book. This grabbed my attention immediately as I thought of my own house when the son was describing his chaotic house. I liked the easy going, if not strange advice that the father gave to the son. It was hilarious when the son was bringing all the animals into the house and not questioning the logic of the advice. Of course at the end the whole thing made sense. This was a very clever story and a great it left me with a nice feeling about the message. I would definitely recommend this and adults will enjoy it also.



The Day the Crayons QuitThe Day the Crayons Quit

I bought this book in my shop for my 6 year old. I was curious at the reviews as there was a lot but also some negative which was surprising as this is a really well known book. When I first looked at it I surprised at the illustrations as they looked like they were done by a child but then when I read it, that’s when it made sense. I thought it was a really clever and original book. I was at one point, nodding in agreement with what the crayons were saying. And the little argument that yellow and orange have over the sun is hilarious. (I always agree it should be yellow). Yes the crayons are giving out but that’s what makes the book funny because they have valid reasons. Also after looking at the negative reviews I thought it was taken a little too seriously. So words from my six year old son (the perfect target audience) ‘Mammy, this is now my favourite book, please read it again.) And I have done every night since I bought it a few weeks back 🙂


Billy and the Ear Elves”: Elves and Dwarves-by Ayala Saar

Billy and the ear elves

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful cheerful book with a great message

This is a great book with lovely full bright illustrations and a good happy feel to it. As a mother of young children myself I can totally relate to the mother and the little boy in the story asking and shouting for ice cream. The mother’s explanation of the elves protecting her ears from loud noises is just great. I have now used that on my own kids. The story is a fun time read for both parents and children but also has a beautiful message and teaches children about manners in a nice caring way.


Children Books: Ethan in the Kingdom of the Toothbrushes (Bedtime Stories For Children)(early learning books) (Twins Stories Book 2)

Kingdom of toothbrushes

I am a mother of two young children who has terrible trouble trying to get them to brush their teeth. I came across this book and decided to read it to them just before brushing time. While it didn’t go into big details about the benefits of brushing teeth but more the sad toothbrushes asking Ethan why he wasn’t using them, it still worked and that’s what matters more than anything. It was a cute little story and the illustrations were really good. As soon as we finished the book they went around looking for all their different toothbrushes to use. They really loved it and have asked me again and again to read it. I would recommend this for anyone who has trouble getting their child to brush their teeth.


Bentley The Bunny: Bentley’s Fear of the Dark and Monsters (Kindle Edition)

Bentley the bunny

I’m sure all parents can relate at one stage where their child is terrified of being in their room by themselves and nervous of every sound and need to leave the lights on. My daughter is getting like that now and she’s 4, so that’s why I found this was a perfect little book for a situation like this. The cute rabbits parents explain to Bentley what each noise means and they make a fun game out of it. My daughter really liked this book, the illustrations of the rabbits were adorable and overall it was a great book. I would definitely recommend this for the little nervous children at night.

Danny The Dragon And The Orange Egg (Wunder Corners) (Volume

danny and the egg

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for parents and new siblings,

As a parent of young children I could totally relate this book of bringing home a new baby. Danny the really cute dragon was exactly like my son when we brought his sister home from hospital. I think young children will love this book as it has a great understanding of how children feel in situations like that. The story and the illustrations are great and it had a nice happy ending. It’s a wonderful book all round and I would definitely recommend this for parents and children.

The Oddest Unicorn (Wunder Corners Book 5 by Diane Daigle

Oddest Unicorn

My 4 year old daughter loves unicorns so I was delighted when I saw another Wunder Corners book published. I enjoyed this book myself as the message in the story was something we can all relate to at some point in our lives of feeling left out. It’s great to have book like these that are fun for children but at the same time subtle important life messages. Mariah was very cute and lovable little character that my daughter loved and the story was wonderful. I would definitely recommend this book as a great bedtime read.


Things Fall Apart by Tracey Black

Things fall apart

This is a must read for parents

As a parent of young children myself and dreading the teenage years, this book is an eye opener. It’s a very emotional and horrifying tale of how easy kids can get into drugs and how quick things can go downhill. I shed plenty of tears through this book but at the same time I couldn’t put it down.

I really admired Mandy the mother and her strength of how she coped through all the hardship. This is a must read for parents.




Evanish , By Sarah Kavanagh


Exciting magical tale and beautifully written

This is a wonderful tale of sweet little Tommy who doesn’t believe in tooth fairies until one day his tooth fell out and Turella the tooth fairy visits him. She brings him to the land of Evanish and the adventure starts from there when Murphy the leprechaun is kidnapped by the evil mean Marducks who just want to take over the land and give all the children rotten teeth instead of shiny coins. Tommy is horrified as he feels responsible for the kidnap, so he vows to do whatever it takes to save Evanish and the fairies from the evil Marducks for good. This was a really exciting magical tale and beautifully written. I would recommend this for anyone over the age of six.


Darkly Wood by Max Power

5.0 out of 5 stars Great exciting read. Chilling to the core
Darkly Wood

This is another great book again by Max Power. This book had me chilled to the core; I just couldn’t put it down. The story is of a girl called Daisy who moves to a new house and finds a book of horror tales of what had happened to people who had gone missing over the years in Darkly Wood. I loved the way the author explained each of the characters tales with their own quirky ways. The terror unfolds of Darkly Wood as Daisy soon finds out. I felt like I was part of a horror movie reading this, it was just so exciting and creepy. I don’t want to give anything away by saying more but even a few weeks later I am still thinking of this book. It was just brilliant. The author has a great way of telling a story and revealing just little bits of information to make you not want to put the book down, which I didn’t. Highly recommended read.

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