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The Horrorland Goosebumps series with Books2door

We had the opportunity to use and review Books2door’s online bookstore that is filled with lots of fabulous children’s and young adult books all at reasonable prices. 

Books2door’s website is easy to use and has a wide range of children’s and young adult books. All their books are arranged into helpful categories on the website so you can find age appropriate books with ease. 

I have used Books2door before and both times their customer service has been brilliant, I was kept up to date on my order and received notifications from them until it was delivered. 

From Books2door we were gifted the Goosebumps Horrorland series which are brilliant. I used to read and love these books from when I was a child so getting my children to enjoy them is brilliant. 

For those of you that have not heard of Goosebumps they are fictional horror stories written for young readers. All the stories are different and will have children intrigued and entertained. These books are brilliant for any child who likes a bit of a scare with monsters, ghowls and dummies although they are not too scary or gruesome. 

The Horror land series collection includes 18 books for children 9 – 14 years old some of which have 2 stories in one. These will keep children engaged and reading for quite a while. 

The collection includes the following Goosebump books –

  • Revenge of the Living
  • Creep of the Deep
  • Monster Blood for Breakfast
  • The Scream of the Haunted Mask
  • Dr Maniac VS Robby Schwartz
  • Who’s Your Mummy?
  • My Friends Call Me Monster
  • Say Cheese – And Die Screaming
  • Welcome to Camp Slither
  • Help! We Have Strange Powers!
  • Escape From Horrorland
  • The Streets of Panic Park
  • When the Ghost Dog Howls
  • Little Shop of Hamsters
  • Heads, You Lose
  • Weirdo Halloween

My girls favourite books in this collection are the books with Slappy the living dummy in, this may be due to the Goosebump films that came out recently.  They love reading what naughty things Slappy gets up to and how he goes about scaring people. If you have older children that like a bit of a scare then Goosebumps books will be perfect for them. Especially if they have seen the films this are great to follow on with.

You can order The Horrorland Goosebumps collection from Books2door.

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Why not take a look at my other children’s book reviews –

The Pointless Book by Alfie Deyes with Books2door

A Pirate Song by Justin Davis

Oscar the Orgo by R J Furness

Escape From Nettle Farm

Spy Danger

Why I wrote The Book of Silly Rhymes

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The Book of Silly Rhymes is a winner!

I am so over the moon to announce that The Book of Silly Rhymes is a silver medal winner at The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. I just can’t believe it!

I was amazed when I found out my book was a finalist in the awards but to then find out it won the silver medal was the icing on the cake. 

Winning this award means so much to me as it is judged by children so to know the audience who I wrote the book for are enjoying it is just brilliant. 

It is a wonderful feeling to know that my book is being enjoyed by so many children. I wrote it because I wanted to bring fun and laughter to reading time and spread joy to children. I wanted to help inspire children to find their love of reading especially those that are reluctant to read in the first place. 

Why not also read my other posts –

Why I wrote The Book of Silly Rhymes

My journey to getting my first book published

Interview with Justin Davis children’s publisher at Blue Falcon Publishing

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The Pointless Book by Alfie Deyes in association with Books2door

We were so lucky to be able to use and review Books2door amazing online bookstore that has so many wonderful children and young adult books at great prices. 

Books2door’s website is easy to use, has a wide range of children’s and young adult books that are arranged into helpful categories so you can find age appropriate books with ease. 

I have used their website and receive books from them before and both times their customer service has been brilliant, both times I was kept up to date on my order and received notifications from them until it was delivered. 

From Books2door we received The Pointless Book 1 & 2 by Alfie Deyes which are just brilliant. Alfie Dyers is a Youtuber over at the Pointlessblog and he has created this fun book for children. These books are just great for keeping the children entertained although they are more for older children than younger ones. There is just so much to do in them, every page is a different activity to do or try out and there are a few silly pages in there too.

My 9 year old and 12 year old are really enjoying them and have spent ages going through the pages and filling them in or following what they say to make something. The Pointless Books honestly contain hours of fun and activities to keep your children busy. 

One of the pages which my daughter loved in The Pointless Book 2 was where you had to season the page with salt and pepper. She thought it was so funny that she could glue salt and pepper in a book. Although if you do this ensure to shake off the excess salt afterwards when it dries. I didn’t do this and she then took it to bed and ended up with bits of salt in her bed.

Some of the activities for The Pointless Book 1 include – 

Some of the activities from The Pointless Book 2 include –  

All round these are great books and will encourage your children to be creative and think outside the box. My girls have given these books a huge thumbs up and are keeping busy filling them in. There is also a free app that you can download that goes with the book with exclusive digital content. 

The Pointless Book collection is currently £9.99 on Books2door which contains both books.

I was given a gift code by Book2door to use on their website to review them and the books I choose.

Why not take a look at my other children’s book reviews –

A Pirate Song by Justin Davis

Oscar the Orgo by R J Furness

Escape From Nettle Farm

Spy Danger

Why I wrote The Book of Silly Rhymes


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My children’s book is a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

I am over the moon to announce that The Book of Silly Rhymes is a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards!

I was so surprised I didn’t even know that my book had been entered but last Sunday I received the short but sweet txt message from my publisher to tell me The Book of Silly Rhymes has made it to the final of the awards.

It is an amazing feeling to find out that the children’s rhyming book I put so much time and effort into has made it into the finals of this award and for me the best thing is knowing that all the initial judging was done by children and teachers. 

Knowing that the children have read and enjoyed my book means the world to me after all they are the ones that I wrote my book for in the first place. 

The Book of Silly Rhymes for those of you that don’t know is a rhyme book for children packed full of short silly rhymes for 6-11 year old’s some of which are a little bit rude. It is aimed to bring fun and laughter to reading time and get children especially those reluctant to read enjoying story time. 

The whole book is printed in the open dyslexia font to help children and adults with dyslexia read the book more easily. I myself have dyslexia so I know the struggles children can have when faced with reading.

The winners will be announced on the 1st April 2020 so please do wish me luck.

Why not also take a look at my other posts –

Why I wrote the Book of Silly Rhymes and how it can help children who find reading a struggle

Being a writer with Dyslexia

Pete the Cheeky Parakeet my journey to getting my book published

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Children’s Book Review – Oscar the Orgo by R.J Furness

We have had the opportunity to review R. J Furness new children’s picture book called Oscar the Orgo and what a delightful, imaginative rhyming story it is. ‘When Oscar the Orgo hatches from his egg, it isn’t long before he realises that he can sing. The problem is, once Oscar starts singing, his mum can’t make him stop!’

My girls love R. J Furness’s Orgo Creation and thought that Oscar was super cute, they also enjoyed reading how Oscar the Orgo loved to sing . My 7 year old now takes this book to bed with her every night and reads it over and over again.

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The book is a lovely rhyming story that children can easily follow along too and has a happy ending.  The illustrations by Fiona Fletcher are bold and bright adding to the wonder of the story.

Oscar the Orgo is available for £4.99 on Amazon 

Why not take a look at my other children’s book reviews –

A Pirate Song by Justin Davis

Oscar the Orgo by R J Furness

Escape From Nettle Farm

Spy Danger

Why I wrote The Book of Silly Rhymes

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Children’s Book Review – A Pirate Song by Author Justin Davis

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I was privileged to be asked to be part of A Pirate Song blog tour and I got the chance to read and review Justin Davis’s delightful new book A Pirate Song.

A Pirate Song is a vibrant rhyming picture book for children that will really immerse them in the world of pirates. Throughout the book the words are written in true pirate style with a lot of ‘Are Ye’ and ‘Me hearties’, there is even a pirate song for the children to learn and join in with.

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This is a great book for younger children especially those that love Pirates. My girls enjoyed reading the book and following the Pirates on their adventure across the stormy seas to look for buried treasure. The rhythm and flow of the book makes it easy for younger children to read and join in with.

The book has been beautifully illustrated by Stephanie Jayne who also illustrated my first children’s book ‘Pete The Cheeky Parakeet’. The pictures are bold and bright and really help bring the story to life.

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You can order your copy here – https://amzn.to/31tbCQX

Why not take a look at my other children’s book reviews –

A Pirate Song by Justin Davis

Oscar the Orgo by R J Furness

Escape From Nettle Farm

Spy Danger

Why I wrote The Book of Silly Rhymes

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Book Review of ‘The Fabulous Diary of Persephone Pinchgut’ book collection from Books 2 Door

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We have been reviewing ‘The Fabulous Diary of Persephone Pinchgut’ book collection from Books 2 Door.

This collection comes with 4 great books from ‘The Fabulous Diary of Persephone Pinchgut’ series by author Aleesah Darlison. The books include Musical Mayhem, Model Mania, Tropical Trouble and Birthday Bonanza, they are all written in the format of Persephone’s secret diary.  These books are for young readers aged around 7-9 years old, they are in an easy to read format and are perfect for children to follow along with.

My girls have loved reading the these books and following Persephone’s diary and her most secret thoughts that she shares in it.

The books are all uplifting even when talking about her Dad not being around and her mother being a single mum it is still written in a positive way instead of showing sadness or anger. I also love the twin bond that the sisters have going on and how they are always there for one another and get through whatever is thrown at them together.

My girls loved the humour in the books and laughed along whilst we read them, there is also small black and white illustrations throughout the books by illustrator Serena Geddes, that also help bring out the humour in the stories.

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These books remind me of the Dork Diary books in the way they are written and how they cover what happens in their daily lives in a funny way, however this series is aimed at a younger audience than the Dork Diaries books.

This is a great series for children aged 7-9 years old and for £5.99 for 4 books with Books2doors it is an amazing deal and so worth the money. My girls have given these books a thumbs up. You can order it here https://www.books2door.com/the-fabulous-diary-of-persephone-pinchgut-totally-twins.html

If you like this review why not take a look at my review of Playgroups and Prosecco by Jo Middleton a funny, witty and  relatable book for adults.

Why not take a look at my other children’s book reviews –

A Pirate Song by Justin Davis

Oscar the Orgo by R J Furness

Escape From Nettle Farm

Spy Danger

Why I wrote The Book of Silly Rhymes

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Why I wrote ‘The Book of Silly Rhymes’ and how it can help children who struggle with reading!

I wanted to write The Book of Silly Rhymes for all children including the ones that find reading a struggle. I wanted to put laughter back into reading time as to me reading should be fun and not seen as a chore. When you have a reluctant reader it can be hard to get them to sit down and read and also to stay focused to read a whole book.

This is where The Book of Silly Rhymes comes in!

The rhymes themselves have been written in a funny, silly and sometimes a little bit rude way to get children laughing and keep them engaged. The book is full of individual short rhymes so children who struggle with reading long stories can easily dip in and out of the book and choose what pages they want to read. Every rhyme has a fun illustration drawn by the very talented Louise Rarity to add to the laughter and fun of the book.

The book can be read in any order and having smaller snippets to read can help a child that finds it hard to concentrate and focus on bigger story books.

My publisher Blue Falcon Publishing also found a special font which they have used for the book. This font is specialised to help children with dyslexia read the words. Every character in this font is uniquely shaped to help eliminate the common reading errors of dyslexia. The capital letters and punctuation marks are bold to emphasize breaks and all the letters have clear spacing between them making them clearer to read.

When I was younger I struggled through school and disliked reading. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t get it right. It wasn’t until in later life when I was in college that I was diagnosed with dyslexia. Take a look at my post being a writer with dyslexia to find out more.

Although I didn’t like reading I do remember my favorite book when I was a young and it was a limerick book. Even though it was years ago when I had this book I can still to this day remember my favourite rhyme from it –

There once was a girl called flow,

Who wanted her knickers to show,

She wore a shirt,

As short as a skirt

And kept on bending down low’

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This limerick has stuck with me my all my life and with ‘The Book of Silly Rhymes’ I wanted to give children who are struggling, the experience of reading that I had from that book. I hope for the children that struggle this can give them the hope in learning to love reading.

One of my favourite hobbies now is to read, I do it every evening before going to bed and I wouldn’t be where I am today without finding my love of reading. It is a very important skill to have and if children can find their love for reading at a young age it can improve their prospects for later life.

My book will be published on the 20th June 2019 you can pre-order your copy now from Amazon or Blue Falcon Publishing.

Also take a look at my first children’s book Pete The Cheeky Parakeet a lighthearted rhyming story with a great message about friendship and being kind also avaliable from Amazon and Blue Falcon Publishing.

Why not also take a look at my post on ‘My journey to getting my book published‘.

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Why not take a look at my other children’s book reviews –

A Pirate Song by Justin Davis

Oscar the Orgo by R J Furness

Escape From Nettle Farm

Spy Danger

Pete the Cheeky Parakeet – My journey on getting my book published

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Spy Danger by Justin Davis – Book Review

We have been reviewing Spy Danger the follow on book from Escape from Nettle Farm by Justin Davis.

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Spy Danger is about the adventures of the Baker family when they go for a weekend stay at Castle Arden. The Baker children Millie, Jamie, Zach and their Dog Harvey uncover a plot to steal the forgotten treasure that is hidden in the castle.They become real spy’s and have to decode the clues and try to outwit the thieves.

My girls enjoyed reading this book, it is a wonderful adventure story with drama and excitement. Although it is a follow on from Escape from Nettle Farm you could read this book on its own and still understand the story, however both books are a good read so it would be worth reading them as a series.

It is a great book for any children that love adventure, clues and spying. It is perfect for young readers and has detailed sketched drawings throughout the book to bring the story to life. It is a good length to keep them going for a while and it is easy to read and follow the story. My 7 year old was able to read the story herself.

You can also read my review of Justin Davis other book Escape from Nettle Farm.

You can also read my interview with author and children’s book publisher Justin Davis.

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Why not take a look at my other children’s book reviews –

A Pirate Song by Justin Davis

Oscar the Orgo by R J Furness

Escape From Nettle Farm

Why I wrote The Book of Silly Rhymes

Some of my post contain affiliated links to products where I may receive a small fee if these products are bought.

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Review of Escape from Nettle Farm by Justin Davis

What a lovely book for children to read. I read it with my 7 year old and 9 year old every night and they really enjoyed the book. They would get into bed and have the book ready for me to read and sit quietly engrossed in the story. Some nights my 7 year old did the reading and we listened to her.

Escape from Nettle farm by Justin Davis is about a puppy called Harvey who didn’t have the best start to life, he was living with his brothers and sisters at Nettle Farm with the grumpy old farmer Greaves. All his brothers and sisters found new homes leaving him behind. Until one day he manages to escape and finds himself a lovely family however that isn’t the last he sees of Farmer Greaves.

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This book is a great size for young readers it has easy to read chapters and beautiful colourful illustrations by Claire Adele, throughout the book to bring the story to life. The story is written with lots of description giving children the sense of being in the story and helping them to learn descriptive words. The book has action and adventure to keep children entertained and is easy to follow along and get into.

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Escape to nettle farm is available on Amazon

Find out more about the Author by taking a look at my interview with Justin Davis.

I was gifted Escape to Nettle Farm to be able to do the review, I have also been given Justin’s new follow on book Spy Danger which we will be reading and a review will be coming soon.

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Why not take a look at my other children’s book reviews –

A Pirate Song by Justin Davis

Oscar the Orgo by R J Furness

Spy Danger

Why I wrote The Book of Silly Rhymes

Some of my post contain affiliated links to products where I may receive a small fee if these products are bought.