Category Archives: Children’s Books

BLOG TOUR – One Night in Beartown by Nick Jones!

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for One Night in Beartown by Nick Jones!

The extra special news is this is also the first review my two daughters have played a part in writing 😊

Here is the blurb –

Genre – Children’s Fiction

From the award-winning duo that brought you Sarah’s Shadow comes another magical adventure…

When bear-mad schoolgirl Sandy Lane has her beloved teddy bear Berisford confiscated at school, she dreads the thought of going a whole night without his cuddles.

Little does she know that a bear-rilliant night awaits her, involving Berisford, a bear statue and many other wonderful friends!

Review

One Night in Beartown is the tale of Sandy, a little girl who loves bears. One bear in particular.. her teddybear Berisford.

At school a mean little boy makes fun of Sandy and the commotion leads to the teacher confiscating Berisford!

Sandy is heartbroken at the thought of not being with her bear but little does she know the amazing night she’s about to have.

Beartown has some magic about it and on very special occasions this magic helps all the teddy bears and bear statues in town come to life.. for one night only!

Berisford makes his way to Sandy and together they have a night that she will never forget and neither will the mean boy!

What my girls enjoyed about the book were first and foremost the illustrations by Si Clark. I loved the style and so did the girls. The cover certainly grabs your attention.

When asked about the plot my girls loved how in the end Sandy is happy, so even though her favourite teddy was taken away things were ok. Oh and the mean boy learns it’s not nice to be mean to someone!

For me the story was a nice easy read. My two are 6 years old and like to read themselves and there was no major stumbling blocks with the use of language for them.

The overall message of the book was nice, ignore bullies, it’s ok to be without those you love, things will be ok.. and hey who doesn’t want to believe in a little magic. It’s what you need as a kid.

Length wise the story was the perfect read to settle down at night, not too long but more than enough to keep the girls interested.

When asked if the girls would read it again it was a resounding yes!

5/5 Stars!

My thanks go to the author, the publisher and Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the blog tour and for allowing my children to have a review copy of the book!

To find out more head to Goodreads, Amazon, Full Media or Nick Jones Author.co.uk-

Author Bio –

I’m Nick Jones, an award-winning author originally from Bristol but now living in Congleton, Cheshire. I write books for kids and I’ve also written several joke books for adults. My first book, Gagged and Bound – A Book of Puns, One-liners and Dad Jokes, was a best-seller under Puns and Wordplay on Amazon UK, and two sequels soon followed. You can download a FREE collection of my jokes here.

In December 2017, I tried something different: a children’s picture book about a girl who loses her shadow. Illustrated by the super-talented Si Clark, Sarah’s Shadow has proved popular with kids and parents alike. In 2018 it won Best Children’s Picture Book in the 2018 Book Awards on international book review site Readers’ Favorite. My claim to fame is that the same award was previously won by none other than Jim Carrey, the Hollywood actor-cum-children’s author! Sarah’s Shadow also won Runner-Up in the Book Excellence Awards and received a Purple Dragonfly Book Award as one of the best picture ebooks for children aged 6+.

In 2020 I ran a Kickstarter campaign during lockdown to fund my next book, One Night in Beartown. It was inspired by the Bearmania event that took place in 2011. Thanks to amazing support from businesses and individuals in Congleton and beyond, I raised £4,000 to illustrate and print the book. It was published on 1 December and you can buy it on my online shop, on my publisher’s website or as an ebook on Amazon. For updates, please follow me on social media or subscribe to my newsletter!

Social Media Links –

https://twitter.com/nickjonesauthor

https://www.facebook.com/NickJonesAuthor

https://www.instagram.com/nickjones_author/

Mrs Vyle: Children Must be Eaten and Not Heard! by James Hallsworth – Review

Something a little bit different on David’s Book Blurg today.

As you may know I have twin girls, 4-year-old , and they love books too! It’s amazing to see them start to look at books and make up stories for the pictures.

As such when offered a review copy of Mrs Vyle in exchange for an honest review how could I say no.

Here’s the blurb

A strange and unpleasant new teacher has arrived in class. Pointy claws, sharp yellow fangs and skin that is definitely a bit green: could she be a monster? Join the smart and brave classmates as they reveal the truth about their slobbery, smelly and green-ish imposter – despite the snooty Molly. But who can help them overcome the terrible Mrs Vyle…

A wonderfully illustrated picture book that parents will love to get into character and read to the amusement of their young children. Silly and fun and all things gross!

Review

Mrs Vyle is a fun little book about a teacher who is really a naughty little monster. The children have noticed but one little girl just won’t listen until it’s too late.

As it turns out the monster is a little misunderstood..but still a little naughty..and the little girl who wouldn’t listen learns a life lesson.

From a parents view the book is colourful and the girls seemed to enjoy the pictures and the funny storyline with the dinnerladies arriving ready for war..it helps that their Grandma is a dinner lady too.

When I asked them if they enjoyed the book the answer was 100% YES! so much so that I had to read the book to each of them separately at bedtime and it was the book of choice for over a week which is good going since they have at least a 100 books to pick from.

They enjoyed the book so much that while the kindle version was ok they wanted a paperback copy too; so good old daddy purchased a copy from Amazon! I love the kindle for my books but for little kids books I feel it’s much better to have the physical copy.

Since buying the book I’d say I’ve read this book at least twice a week to the girls and they ask me for it rather than it being a suggestion from daddy so who am I to say no!

Overall it’s a thumbs up from the twins!

We give Mrs Vyle a family rating of 5*!

To find out more head to Goodreads or Amazon