Wednesday, 31 August 2016

New edition ofThe Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams and Sarah Massini (Children's, Picture book, 5 years +, 9/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

1st September 2016, Nosy Crow, 64 pages, Hardback, Review copy 

Summary from Nosy Crow
When the Velveteen Rabbit first arrives in the nursery, he’s snubbed by the other toys. But the Rabbit soon makes friends with the Skin Horse who explains how toys can become ‘real’,if only they are loved enough. But when Boy is ill with Scarlet Fever, and Rabbit is thrownaway, Rabbit finally discovers what it truly means to be real.

Nayu's thoughts 
Finally I get to read this famous tale which is also a film! I'd heard about it in other books, where characters had read it at some point in their life, but I had no idea what it involved other than a rabbit. I was heartbroken when the rabbit gets separated by what seems a permanent situation, as poor rabbit deserved so much better. I guess they didn't have washing machines back then which would have solved the germ problem. It has a happy ending, with magic and one of the cutest fairies I've ever seen. 

The illustrations suit the age of the tale which feels timeless. It took a little work to read the book, as the sample I had was only a few pages, and a qr code which would provide the full story. I didn't have a qr reader, so had to download 1 on my tablet then read it. Due to space issues I read it online so had to refresh every few pages, but from the sample I know the finished book is going to be stunning and treasured by all who read it. It reminds me a little of the nutcracker, maybe that was written around the same time too. It didn't get full marks just because while it's a great story it doesn't have that something extra. 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

What are YOU reading? #324



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.







Read

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Cora the Cow Loses Her Spots by Anna Bandanna and Brandon Bandanna
Children's, Picture books
10E/10E
 (An amusing tale in a series all about Cora the cow!)





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The Secret Cooking Club by Laurel Remington
Young Adult
10E/10E
(It was a pleasure to be part of this blog tour because not only did I get to read an amazing book, I took part in a super fun baking challenge!)





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The Snow Globe by Jane Ure and Charlie Alder
Children's, 8 years +
10E/10E
(I've never known such an important snow globe!)





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The Curious Kitten by Holly Webb
Children's, 7 years +
10E/10E
(You will need tissues for this stray kitten read!)





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Furry Friends #1 Sophie's Squeaky Surprise by Holly Webb
Children's, 7 years +
10E/10E
(I squeaked with fangirl joy at seeing another Holly book!)





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Billy Button Telegram Boy by Sally Nicholls and Sheena Dempsey
Children's, 5 years +
10/10E
(Telegrams were extremely important before emails existed as Billy discovers!)





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Dreaming About Daran by Jessica Redland
Romance
10/10E
(A fun, drama filled romance by an author I enjoy a lot!)





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Cora the Cow Finds A Friend by Anna Bandanna
Children's, Picture book
10/10E
(It takes a while but Cora finds a friend who is just right for her...)





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My First Words in Yoruba by Segilola Salami
Children's, Non-Fiction
10/10E
(A useful tool for teaching a child Yoruba...)





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Edna in the Desert by Maddy Lederman
Young Adult
9/10E
(A brat learns a smidge of respect after living in the middle of nowhere with her grandparents...)





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PriPara Coord Collection
Non-fiction, Anime themed book
10E/10E
(I am reviewing this book soon, it has all the outfits from the anime and more!)










REREAD

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Something Delicious by Jill Lewis & Ali Pye
Children's, Picture book
10E/10E
(I adore Miniwiggler-look how cute and fluffy he is!)





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Jane and the Dragon by Martin Baynton
Children's, Picture book, 5 years +
10E/10E
(This is one of my favourite books when I was younger!)








Watched

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H2O Just Add Water: Season 1
Teen drama, English version
REWATCH - 10/10E
(I was after a light watch so restarted my favourite mermaid drama series set in Australia. I wish I could turn into a mermaid with powers over water-I'd pick Cleo's ability to move water!)





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Maleficent
Film, English version
10E/10E
(This film is EPIC! Tuly awesome, even the dark bits weren't scary. CGI was seamless for me, I loved Aurora [minus being a bit too happy at  times], enjoyed seeing Maleficent as a child and an adult.)





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Love Live School Idol Project: Season 1
Music Idol anime, Japanese version
REWATCH - 10E/10E
(Althoui I started this last week and had almost finished this season, I restarted it from episode 4 because I had been gamin while watching it so had missed a lot. Eli has nearly joined Muse!)





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PriPara: Season 1
Music Idol anime, Japanese version
REWATCH - 10E/10E
 (Fairly addicted to PriPara 3DS games so rewatching the anime-Sophie has yet to join in a group with Lala and Mireille!)





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Aikatsu Stars
Music Idol anime, Japanese version
10/10E
(This show keeps getting better, although could have done without the mooning over the boy band [thankfully not by Yume or her close friends!]!)





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Clannad
Slice of Life/Romance anime, English version
REWATCH - 10E/10E
(Back watching one of my favourite anime, Nagisa is currently sick but not too badly this time...)










Craft games and more
Life's been busy but I've managed a bit of crochet - this blanket is growing!



I can reveal the rainbow cake I made the other week-it's delicious!






I've been gaming loads! Met Gracie the fashionista twice in Animal Crossing New Leaf, hopefully it won't be long before I can upgrade the main store so she can have her own store on the 3rd floor)...




Collecting more hearts on Love Live School Idol Festival, as well as slowly upgrading my cards one bu one-I love this tartan range of clothes!





As I said earlier I'm a bit addicted with PriPara Idol Grand Prix No 1!, having got a lot of outfits and Falulu's hairstyle, here's mychara in a fave frog theme outfit!