Waiting on Wednesday: The Notorious Virtues

Waiting on Wednesday: The Notorious Virtues   The Notorious Virtues Written by Alwyn Hamilton 368 pages Published by Faber & Faber Publication date: 18th August 2020 Summary (from Goodreads): A glamorous media darling, a surprise heiress, and the magical competition of a lifetime. At sixteen, Honora “Nora” Holtzfall is the daughter of the most powerful…

Book Review: Baby Loves Earth

Book Review: Baby Loves Earth Baby Loves Earth Written by Jennifer Eckford Illustrated by Teresa Bellon 30 pages Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Publication date: 2nd June 2020 Summary (from Goodreads): E is for Elephant, T is for Tree, W is for Warming, and X is for eXtinct in this beautiful ABC book designed…

Mini-Reviews: Strange Houses

Mini-Reviews: Strange Houses   When I have the choice between reading another book or reviewing the one I have just read, I usually choose to read another one. As much as I adore shouting about books on my blog, reading is, after all, my first love! Therefore, I have decided to do some mini-review posts…

Book Review: Cannonball Coralie and the Lion

Book Review: Cannonball Coralie and the Lion   Cannonball Coralie and the Lion Written and Illustrated by Grace Easton 40 pages Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (The Quarto Group) Publication date: 19th May 2020 Summary (from Goodreads): Coralie longs to join the circus but the Man in the Big Hat says her tricks just…

Waiting on Wednesday: House of Dragons

Waiting on Wednesday: House of Dragons House of Dragons Written by Jessica Cluess 448 pages Published by Random House Books Publication date: 12th May 2020 Summary (from Goodreads): Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer…

Book Review: Trailblazers: Simone Biles

Book Review: Trailblazers: Simone Biles   Trailblazers: Simone Biles Written by Sally J. Morgan 176 pages Published by Little Tiger Books Publication date: 14th May 2020 Summary (from Little Tiger Books): Be inspired by the lives of trailblazers past and present in this fun and factual biography series! How did Simone Biles become a superstar…

5 ideas for tummy time

5 ideas for tummy time   Have you heard the terminology ‘tummy time’? As a new parent I heard it mentioned that tummy time was important as it encourages the baby to hold their head up, developing their neck muscles. The name seemed self-explanatory – put the baby on their tummy for some time each…

Waiting on Wednesday: Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Waiting on Wednesday: Girl, Serpent, Thorn Girl, Serpent, Thorn Written by Melissa Bashardoust 336 pages Published by Flatiron Books Publication date: 7th July 2020 Summary (from Goodreads): A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse……

Waiting on Wednesday: The Court of Miracles

Waiting on Wednesday: The Court of Miracles   The Court of Miracles Written by Kester Grant 464 pages Published by Harper Voyager Publication date: 14th May 2020 Summary (from Goodreads): Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris’s criminal underground in the…

7 Easy Sensory Play Ideas for Babies

7 Easy Sensory Play Ideas for Babies   What is sensory play? Sensory play is a way of playing with your child that encourages them to use all of their senses – most people associate it with feeling different textures, but it can involve a variety of smells, sounds and flavours as well as feelings….

Waiting on Wednesday: The Circus Rose

Waiting on Wednesday: The Circus Rose   The Circus Rose Written by Betsy Cornwell 304 pages Published by Clarion Books Publication date: 16th June 2020 Summary (from Goodreads): From a  New York Times  bestselling author, a queer retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” in which teenage twins battle evil religious extremists to save their loves…