Oh No, Bear! By Joanne Partis

It’s Story Book Sunday where I review a children’s picture book with my two daughters and this week one of the books we’ve been reading together is Oh No, Bear! 🥰

Synopsis

When a tempting smell drifts into Bear’s cave one morning, he wakes up HUNGRY.

 

Bear’s clever nose leads him to the delicious food . . . but it belongs to his friends.

 

Bear is sure he can resist.

 

Until . . . Oh no, Bear!

Our Thoughts

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One of the books we’ve been reading this week is #OhNoBear by @joannepartis 🥰

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This has a gorgeous bright an appealing cover!  The Littles were very taken with the big brown bear wearing a scarf 🧣 and coat 🧥!

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Oh No Bear is a really lovely autumnal looking book.  The beautiful illustrations are all oranges, browns and gold and there is certainly an air of being a bit cooler running through the pages.  So lovely and seasonal!

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The narrative is a total joy to read together.  The story of Bear having something very important to do, but getting repeatedly distracted by food really tickled the Littles and they particularly enjoyed shouting out the capitalised parts of the text on each page – with gusto!

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Charming, funny and perfectly seasonal; we loved Oh No, Bear and think you will too!

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Oh No Bear is out now in paperback and you can buy it here and our thanks go to our friends at Little Tiger Books for our review copy.

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Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!

Until next time!

@mrscookesbooks ♥️

Other Women by Jean Levy

Happy Thursday!  Here’s my blogtour review of Other Women by Jean Levy!

Synopsis

Sophie thought she and Jonah were happy, bringing up their small daughter together, until one summer’s day, she discovers that Jonah is far from the man she thought he was. Sam – an attractive English teacher – seems to offer her some comfort, and new friendships are a support. But is Sam really who he says he is? Where have her new friends appeared from? Is anyone telling the truth? As Jonah’s lies threaten Sophie and her daughter, can anyone be trusted?

My Thoughts

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I have not read a Jean Levy before, so jumped at the chance when the publisher invited me to be on the blogtour!

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Other Women is the story of Sophie; and the unravelling of her life over a period of years.  It is laced with secrets and lies and, without wanting to give too much away, it is punctuated with twists and turns that surprised me more than once.

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Whilst I’d probably class Other Women as a psychological thriller, I wouldn’t say it is of the “conventional” variety.  It is rich and thick in detail and really does leave nothing to the imagination.  Levy has thought of everything and all the reader needs to do is to sit back and enjoy her words; Other Women makes for a truly immersive read.

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Primarily a character driven novel, we happen upon some intriguing people in Other Women and I throughly enjoyed the mystery element that unfolds as we meet everyone, as well as the tension that ramped up as I turned the pages.

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A well crafted, and quietly compelling read; Other Women will have you turning the pages long past your bedtime.

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Other Women is out now I’m paperback and you can buy it here.  My thanks go to Dome Press and Emily Glenister for my copy of the book and the invitation to the blogtour.

Hope you have a lovely day.  Until next time!

@mrscookesbooks

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I Really Really Need A Wee by Karl Newson & Duncan Beedie

It’s Story Book Sunday where I review a children’s picture book with my two daughters and this week one of the books we’ve been reading together is I Really Really Need A Wee 🥰

Synopsis

Bush Baby is in a fix. She didn’t need a wee before she left home – now she needs one right away! Uh-oh! But what will she do if there’s just nowhere to go? A pant-wettingly funny tale of determination and self-awareness – packed with toilet humour!
 
The perfect picture book to teach children the importance of that last-chance bathroom trip!

Our Thoughts

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What a lovely bright cover this one has!  Nice big writing and a huge drawing of a bushbaby who is DESPERATE for a wee!

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This book is bursting with wonderfully bright and expressive illustrations that really “pop”.  They had the Littles pointing and hooting with laughter at the various predicaments the poor bushbaby found himself in en route to the loo!

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There is a really lovely romp of a rhyme running through the pages and the Littles really enjoyed reading (and shouting) it out loud!  Combined with the splendid pictures, the text had them furiously giggling away!

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Funny, silly, and so entertaining, I Really Really Need a Wee is a book that ALL Littles will relate to and we REALLY REALLY recommend it.

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I Really Really Need A Wee is out now and you can buy it here  Our thanks go to Little Tiger Books for our review copy.

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Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!

Until next time!

@mrscookesbooks ♥️

Mina Mistry Investigates… by Angie Lake

Today on the blog I’m delighted to host an extract from Mina Mistry Investigates; The Case of the Disgusting School Dinners by Angie Lake .

Synopsis

Introducing schoolgirl detective Mina Mistry! Perfect for fans of Dork Diaries.

Being at school is boring when you know you re going to be something cool like a Private Investigator. Until then, Mina s going to practise for her future…

Aren t school dinners a bit strange? Chicken nuggets? Again? On pizza? Covered in chocolate? Nobody wants to live on lettuce and broccoli, but children are losing teeth over this! This needs investigating.

This looks like a case for Mina Mistry.

Extract

This extract is actually a series of images as I felt it would be the best way to convey the story, illustrations and all!

Mina Mistry Investigates the Case of the Disgusting School Dinners is out now and you can buy it here.  Thank you Amber Choudhary and Midas PR for my invitation to the blogtour.

Until next time!

@mrscookesbooks ♥️

Little Turtle and the Sea by Becky Davies & Jennie Poh

It’s Story Book Sunday where I review a children’s picture book with my two daughters and this week we’ve been reading Little Turtle and the Sea together 🥰

Synopsis

Little Turtle loves the ocean with her whole heart. As the years pass, she repeats an incredible journey across the world to the beautiful coral reefs. 

 
 But one day she finds that plastic has invaded her ocean. Could Turtle’s journey be over forever?

Our Thoughts

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This is a beautiful looking, huge, hardback book.  A gorgeous turtle adorns the cover and the muted blues and greens are so pretty to look at.

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Each of the pages in this book is delightfully illustrated; the Littles thoroughly enjoyed drinking in and discussing each ocean scene and pointing out various, familiar plants and sea creatures.

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The narrative itself is well pitched to tell this serious story which explores the problem of plastic in the ocean, and the challenges facing marine life. This is a very topical story and I could see that the Littles understood the plastic problem and were very keen to further discuss this at the end of the story.  This was assisted hugely by the helpful information pages at the end of the book – so much to talk about!

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Beautifully illustrated and imparting a hugely important message; Little Turtle and the Sea is a fantastic picture book for all young children.

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Little Turtle and the Sea is out now in hardcover and you can buy it here and our thanks go to Little Tiger Books for our review copy.

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Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!

Until next time!

@mrscookesbooks ♥️

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