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Ish
Ish
by Peter H. Reynolds
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple book for aspiring artists of all ages., 8 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Ish (Paperback)
An unusual, simple story about a little boy Ramon who loves to draw but is laughed at by his brother "What's that?" and then no longer wants to try. He gives up but then learns the art of drawing "ish" that when it comes to drawing he doesn't have to worry about getting it just right. It's a great tale relayed simply in a relatively small number of words with amusing black and white line drawings with a coloured wash. Lovely.


Second Chance
Second Chance
by Jane Green
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin ...., 6 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Second Chance (Hardcover)
I'm a big fan of Jane Green's books ....even though she's not a literary writer and despite the fact sometimes her dialogue can be a bit clunky ...if you like a good story and want to care about the characters .... if you need a page turner, some escapism and a breezy easy read, then this won't disappoint you. You know what you're getting with Jane Green so there won't be any great surprises but sometimes that's exactly what you're after!


The Art Book for Children
The Art Book for Children
by Phaidon Editors
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.36

66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, 1 Nov. 2007
Can dressing up be art? How Do you paint feelings? Can you paint a noise? This book stimulates children's own creativity and imagination by getting them to question why artists do the things they do. It contains about 30 reproductions of paintings and art work from a mix of genres and explains what they are about and how they were created as well as giving detail on the artists lives. After we bought this we took our son to The National Gallery to see many of the works for real and having already had a basic introduction through this book he was utterly fasicnated. Adults can learn from this too and I would buy it for any child from 5+ What is so lovely about this book is the fact that you can read it on so many differnent levels. There is a second book just out and I'm sure Santa will be delivering it to this household at Christmas.


Tell Me A Scary Story: ...But Not Too Scary (Book & CD)
Tell Me A Scary Story: ...But Not Too Scary (Book & CD)
by Carl Reiner
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living up to the title - really scary indeed., 1 Nov. 2007
I bought tthis book for my six year old son to get him into a Hallowen mood and it certainly worked! The author invites readers to huddle close as he tells a young boy's tale of the mysterious house next door. As the story becomes spookier and spooker Reiner pauses to ask, "Shall we turn the page - or is it too scary!"
The illustrations are fab, very dark with lots of detail, look out for the "strange marbles" which are really eyeballs. There are lovely twists in the plot and it really keeps the reader guessing to the end. If you appreciated the darkness and illustrations of The Wolves In The Walls then you will also love this. As a bonus the CD is also very good with lots of creepy sound effects. One to listen to in the dark with the covers over your head!


The Last Noo-Noo (Reading Time)
The Last Noo-Noo (Reading Time)
by Jill Murphy
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely for non dummy suckers too, 30 Oct. 2007
This book was read again and again to both my sons from about three onwards, one was a dummy user and the other not but they both adored it. I can't say the dummy user stopped because of this book but it's certainly an engaging story. What really captures the imagination of the children is Marlon being ganged up on by the other monsters ( a theme continued in All For One) and how he stands up to them. Again as in All For One the best part of this book for adults is the tension between his mother and grandmother - very amusing. Buy this and All For One as well they are great stories and beautifully illustrated, deal with situations that children and adults both recognise and provide plenty of talking points.


All for One
All for One
by Jill Murphy
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For when children feel "left out" teaches them to be themselves., 30 Oct. 2007
This review is from: All for One (Paperback)
Featuring Marlon from The Last Noo Noo (another classic Jill Murphy)in this whimsical tale his friends won't let him join in with their games, everytime he runs home to change into a pirate, or spaceman, or musketeer they change the rules and say they are playing something different now. Eventually Marlon gives up trying to be part of the crowd and invents his own game and once the other monsters see it of course they are then asking him if they can join in. "I'll think about it" he says. A lovely book to share with a child teaching them not only about friendship and not excluding other children but also that by relying on themselves and their own resources they can often turn a situation round. What I really love about both marlon books is the mother and grandmother relationship "One word from you and he does what he wants" says strict gran to soft mum - reflecting perfectly the generational tensions that sometimes come through during child rearing!


A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humbling, 29 July 2007
I loved this book even more than the Kite Runner which is saying something. I just couldn't put it down, the lives and fates of the two women are moving and tragic and yet there is also hope. I wept several times during the course of reading this book but felt uplifted by the end and very humble. I can't imagine anybody not enjoying A Thousand Splendid Suns.


Heavens Promise
Heavens Promise
by Paolo Hewitt
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's North London leaps from the page, 19 July 2007
This review is from: Heavens Promise (Paperback)
Love this book. North London 1980's leaps off the page. A great story as well. Think it might be out of print now but worth tracking down if you want to revel in the music scene as it was then and there. It's a very real book and the author's fondness for the time, the place, the music comes across in every line.


Billy Liar
Billy Liar
by Keith Waterhouse
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great teenagers book, 19 July 2007
This review is from: Billy Liar (Mass Market Paperback)
I read this first when I was about thirteen and loved it although at the time I didn't really appreciate just how bitter sweet this book really is. It's packed with laugh aloud moments and I adored his descriptions of his parents, particularly his mother's 'motherisms' Coming back to it as an adult it is still very, very funny but much more poignant with the benefit of a bit of wisdom and hindsight. There is a sequel Billy Liar On The Moon but it lacks the innocence of the original. Billy Liar is also a great stage play and fab 1960's film.
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In the Dark
In the Dark
by Deborah Moggach
Edition: Hardcover

33 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wartime London if you like Nightwatch you'll love this as well., 19 July 2007
This review is from: In the Dark (Hardcover)
I adore Deborah Moggach's books, particular favourites being Tulip Fever, Stolen and Final Demand. Her latest novel does not disappoint. Set in wartime London the past comes to vibrant life. The story is great with a fantastic climax I won't reveal. The characters seem like real flesh and blood. Another great book to gollup down over a couple of evenings.


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