Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Sadako and the thousand paper cranes

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Author: Eleanor Coerr
ISBN: 978-0-14-240113-2

Hi Everyone,

This one made me want to cry!

It is a beautiful little story of a girl full of life, only to have that life taken from her by lukemia.  I had this on my book case, one of the many curriculum novels I have waiting for me to read.  I have had my children read them and I am now making my way along my shelves.  It is only 65 pages long but it gets a message of joy, life, heart ache and strength across in such a meaning full way.

I have to say I have never read a book, written for the young, with such beauty and power.  I wanted to run with Sudako, sit with her, and then help her friends far beyond her story's end.  When I finished the book I had to search the internet for more information.  I have handed the book on now to another adult to read, as her story stretches far beyond her town.

I would like to see this book read by many after me will definately be handing it on to friends to read.


The star of her school's running team, Sadako is lively and athletic... until the dizzy spells start.  Then she must face the hardest race of her life - the race againse time.

Based on  a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates courage that made one young woman a heroine in Japan.

This was available from: Book depositoryAmazon and Fishpond

Happy reading
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics)

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Don't ever look behind door 32

Don't Ever Look Behind Door 32
B. C. R Fegan

Hi Everyone,

I was sent this book by the publishers of B. C. R. Fegan and I have to say I continue to place this author on the top of my favourite picture book authors list!

This book is a simple concept really.  A couple of kids go to stay at a place and they are told not to look behind door 32.  Through the pages they discover what lies behind the other doors, and the imagination is brilliant, but they keep being reminded not to look behind door 32.  In the final pages, of course, they find out what is behind the forbidden door.  I have to say I was a little taken by what was behind this door as it was simpler than what I envisioned.  It is actually a good talking point to have with your kids, to see what they think may be behind the door.

The illustrations make this book a piece of art.  I love the pictures!  Anyone who has been following me for a while will know how much I enjoy children's books, particularly well illustrated, catchy ones.  This books ticks both the boxes.  The book rhymes, so it is easy to read... And the pictures are a real treasure.  I love the pictures! They bring this book to life :)

If you are looking for a gift, pick this book.  If you are looking for a bedtime story, pick this one.  If you are like me and like children's books, pick this one.


The magical Hotel of Hoo is a mysterious place with some very unusual occupants. As our guests explore the strange hotel, they are invited to experience everything it has to offer with just one warning… don’t ever look behind door 32.
This imaginative picture book aims to take children beyond the first ten cardinal numbers, and introduces them to the patterns of counting in a fun and accessible way. With rooms to explore and unique objects to count, children will enjoy lingering on each page as they make their way closer to the forbidden door.

This was available from:

Happy reading

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

The Green Ember

The Green Ember
Author: S. D. Smith
ISBN: 978-0986223501

Hi Everyone

There is nothing more refreshing than reading a kids novel.  This is one my daughter would have loved a few years back.  I have told her she needs to read it... time will tell if she does or not now that she is a little older.

I thought the characters were divine!  Heather and Picket stole my heart right from the first few pages.  Picket had an attitude and spark about him which I just loved.  He was little but proud, that's the best way for me to describe him.  Always ready to prove himself but not always quite ready: according to everyone else anyway.  But prove himself he does!  Good on you little Picket.  Heather was a typical older sister.  She was a bit of a know it all in her own little way too.

I also liked the world within the pages of this novel.  I often forgot I was reading a book with rabbits as characters.  The background was painted with descriptive words that formed a firm picture in my mind.  This is great for you young readers.  When one can envision what they are reading it makes the comprehension so much easier.  This is the kind of reading we need for your young readers.

Overall I would recommend this book for any young reader.  It grabbed me and left me wanting to pick up the next book just to take a peak at what would happen to these characters from here.


Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world. Kings fall and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons, and loyalty is a broken road with peril around every bend.

Where will Heather and Picket land? How will they make their stand?

This was available from: Amazon

Happy reading

The Green Ember (The Green Ember #1)