Tuesday, 9 February 2016

The Magical Snow Garden by Tracey Corderoy and Jane Chapmam (Children's, Picture book, 10/10E, short 'n' sweet read)

La la laa!
September 2015, Little Tiger Press, 32 pages, Hardback, Review copy 

Summary from Little Tiger Press
 Far away, where snowflakes twinkle like stars, Wellington penguin dreams of growing a garden. “Impossible!” say his friends. “You can’t grow a garden in the snow.” But Wellington is determined to create something truly magical...

Nayu's thoughts 
This is a super cute read about not giving up on your dreams at the first hurdle. Wellington wants something that doesn't currently exist, therefore his friends thinks he is mad for wanting to try and change the environment around them. Wellington tries to add flowers the normal way, but for obvious reasons of a wintry world they don't last. With some inspiration Wellington creates his own type of garden which can remain in snow. 

The joy of his friends made their initial discouragement worth while, teaching readers to keep going even when obstacles appear because there are always ways around them. The sheer joy Wellington has for his project is contagious! This is one happy penguin who I hope to read more about. 

Find out more on Tracey's website.

Monday, 8 February 2016

One Snowy Rescue by M Christina Butler and Tina Macnaughton (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

  September 2015, Tiger Tales Books, 32 pages, Hardback, Review copy 

Summary from Little Tiger Press
Little Hedgehog is back with another magical adventure! It’s winter and it won’t stop snowing. “Oh no,” Little Hedgehog cries. “I hope Mouse isn’t snowed in too!” With a wriggle, he pulls himself out of his window and SPLAT! into a big snowdrift. He sets off into the woods to check on her – and so begins a very snowy rescue! 

Nayu's thoughts
Throughout this adorable read there's a furry hat to feel on each page, which added an extra element of fun to the tale. I love how cute all the characters look, and the children of the local primary school where I give the children's books I'm unable to keep loved the look of this winter read too. 

This is the first time I've heard of the Little Hedgehog series – he is an adorable character, along with Mouse and the others, who I'm looking forward to sharing more adventures with. They look out for each other and take care in the winter weather. Even though I read this in the warm, I could feel the cold as Little Hedgehog went on his search, which has a happy ending. 
 

What are YOU reading? #302



What are you reading on Monday? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you post books completed last week and plans for upcoming books. Jump over to her blog and see who else is participating.




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To Baby With Love: Peekaboo Baby! by Sarah Ward
Children's, Board book
10E/10E
(You can see how cute this is from the cover!)



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To Baby With Love: Goodnight Baby by Sarah Ward
Children's, Board book
10E/10E
(This story about a standard bedtime routine is bursting with cuteness!)



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To Baby With Love: Wishes For Baby by Sarah Ward

Baby Book
10E/10E

(Not your usual kind of baby book that records facts, this one records feelings...)



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Little Grey Rabbit and the Weasels by Alison Uttley and Margaret Tempest
Children's, 5 years +
10E/10E
 (How Little Grey Rabbit escapes from being kidnapped is awesome!)




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An Amish Year by Beth Wiseman
Amish Fiction, Christian fiction
10E/10E
 (Having 4 novellas involving Amish communities is ideal for my current favourite genre as I have loads of books to explore in the future!)




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Tallie and the Total Eclipse by Anya Monroe
Young Adult
10/10E
 (I thought Maggie's tale in book 1 was crazy [or as is said in book 2 'cray cray'], but Tallie is even more of a disaster.)



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Deadly Curiosities: Vendetta by Gail Z Martin
Urban Fantasy
10E/10E
(My reaction to the end of this  2nd book would lower the grade dramatically but it was as awesome as the 1st overall so gets top marks.)



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Nicky and the Fairy Named Anika by Loren Bukovka
Children's, 9 years +
9/10E
)An adorable fairy themed tale of finding your way in the dark...)



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Curse of the Invisibles by Nan Sweet
Children's, 9 years +
9/10E
(This is somehow more awesome an adventure than book 1!)



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Cut and Colour Playbook Seasons by Anouck Boisrobert
Children's, Activity book, Non-fiction, 5 years +
8/10E
 (A book with hours of creative activity!)



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Car Wash Wish by Sita Brahmachari
Young Adult, Dyslexia friendly
10/10E
(A touching tale of how a teen with Aspergers copes with several major life events in one go.)



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The Pearl Orb by Elizabeth Ball
Children's, 9 years +
10/10E
(It's exciting when Annabel gets a magical orb which shows her if people are good or bad which helps keep her safe.)








LISTENED
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House of Darke by Colin R. Parsons
Young Adult, Thriller
10E/10E
(An eerie audiobook for review with an extremely clever plot and lots of character growth.)




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Sparkled by Gina LaManna
Cozy mystery
NOT FINISHED - 10/10E
(Occasional strong language and adult romance aside, this is a funny tale of a 20 something girl who is and works for the Mafia in her bumbling way...)



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Aikatsu music videos
Japanese version
RELISTEN - 10E/10E
(Nona and Risa's song 'Lucky Train' was the most popular song this week...)



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Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live music videos
Japanese version
RELISTEN - 10E/10E
 (I watched/listened to Rosette Nebula the most!)



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Winx:  Season 7:   Butterflix album
English version
RELISTEN - 10E/10E
(Tynix is my go to song on repeat when I need background music: it's for the Tynix transformation which is stunning. I'm eager for it to come out on dvd!!)




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Amnesia anime opening song music video
Japanese version
RELISTEN - 10E/10E
(The music to this strange but incredible anime makes me happy...)








WATCHED

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Pripara
Music Idol anime, Japanese version
10E/10E
(Enjoying the new episodes, Sophie is so awesome when she risks her life to save Faruru!!)



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Winx: Season 5
Magical Girl anime, French version
REWATCH - 10E/10E
(The melodrama from Bloom over issues with her boyfriend made me laugh-I'm not cruel, with a different perspective she could have handled it better...)



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Aikatsu:  Season 1
Music Idol anime, Japanese version,
REWATCH - 10E/10E
(I've been watching he newer seasons so it's fun getting back to Ichigo, Aoi, and Ran as the main characters...)




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Pripara the Movie
Music Idol anime, Japanese version
10/10E
(Review coming soon, absolutely loved what was essentially looking at all the Pretty Rhythm series with some new material!)



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Aikatsu: Season 4
Music Idol anime, Japanese version
10E/10E
(Time for a Hinaki episode, as she helps Vivid Kiss's designer come up with ideas for a new Premium Dress, although I was more interest in seeing Mikuru again!)



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Hidamari Sketch:  Season 1
Slice of Life anime, Japanese version
10E/10E
(With so many textures and views used this art themed anime is a pleasure to watch, and very funny tops it off...)



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Aikatsu:  Season 3
Music Idol anime, Japanese version
REWATCH - 10E/10E
(Still very much a Sumire fangirl ^o^!)



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Non Non Biyori
Slice of Life anime, Japanese version
10E/10E
(It was hilarious when the older sister, who is shorter than her younger sister, got held as a lost child on the beach after she stormed away in a huff!)




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Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bitty Paradise
Slice of Life anime, French version
REWATCH - 10E/10E
(I felt as awful as all the girls did when they had to choose between Strawberry and Orange for a parade princess...)




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Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future
Music iIol anime, Japanese version
REWATCH - 10E/10E
(I'm still in the early episode and smiled when the Prism Stone store girls saw Otoha's song and dance routine for the first time: she was no longer shy or hesitant!)



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Clannad
Slice of Life anime (maybe), English version
10E/10E
(This bittersweet anime with strongly emotional and slightly mystical themes and me bawling my eyes out, and it wasn't even the end!)








Craft and more
Managed a bit of game time on Eternal Sonata, although currently annoyed as I'm at a part where it's the two brothers, Allegretto and Beat - no girls!)

I finished a brightly coloured baby blanket this week!



I'm experimenting with pattern ideas for what I'd like to be a checkered pattern. So far I've found a non-checkered arrangement which I may make as a future project ...




I got busy in the kitchen and made chocolate with orange fudge ....



 I was worried zest from 1 orange wouldn't be enough, but it worked great, not overpowering.