Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

Jess is helping me with this review, Jacqueline Wilson’s Katy, a modern retelling of Susan Coolidge’s What Katy Did, telling the story of Katy Carr, an adventurous girl who suffers a terrible accident and has to come to terms with both her disability and her changed attitude towards her friends and family.

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So, without further ado, with the smell of bacon coming out of the kitchen, let’s go…

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Those lovely people over a Little Party Parcels sent us a sample box full of the different pre-filled party bags they offer, in an effort to remove one of the most costly and faffy parts of organising a kids’ birthday party – the filling of little bags with little toys and nonsense, so that they might go home and make a mess in their own bloody house…

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Gem and I always get in a fight when it comes to party bags, I always think girls should be allowed to have little army men with parachutes and water pistols, she seems to think pencils and lip balms are more fun. She is wrong obviously. Anyway, no need for that argument ever again…
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It’s the last day of half term, and I am all worn out, so I’ve fobbed off my final post of the week to Megan, aged 6, with her review of three books by Elli Woollard, The Giant of Jum, The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight and Swashbuckle Lil – The Secret Pirate.

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Hi there everyone,

Just thought I’d let you guys watch a little video all about nutrition, especially for kids during the first 1000 days of their life (That’s about 2 years and 9 months, in case you didn’t just use a calculator like I just did). It’s packed with useful info about childhood obesity, swapping out sugar, what you should eat when you’re pregnant or breast feeding. It’s all very informative and well presented. You can tell I didn’t make it.

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This isn’t the video, stop clicking on it. The video is at the bottom of all this well-crafted hilarious blog writing.

Obviously this interests me a fair deal, because I have one of those babies that happen currently asleep upstairs, waiting until I am at my most asleep and comfortable before kicking off asking for milk. I mean, I’m trying to get the other two kids to eat more healthy too, but if I make a fuss about that and they rebel, we’re gonna have riots in the streets, vampire/werewolf marriages, sequels to Mary Poppins, basically Armageddon in a handbag. (more…)

Describe to me a helpful manatee flipping pancakes? No? OK…

Act our a famous leprechaun throwing a javelin? Give up? Right…

Draw an obnoxious koala travelling back in time.

Sounds like a bunch of mad challenges, right? Well, these are all things for you to describe, act out or draw in RANDOMISE, a party game that combines Pictionary, Charades and Articulate/Taboo, but takes things to an absurd, abstract, awesome new level of nonsense.

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When an author dies, you can hardly expect them to keep writing. Usually being dead means they’re much too lazy to fulfil word quotas or even to bother typing stuff up. Well, not Dr Seuss.

The writer of such books as that rubbish Christmas one with Jim Carrey that was filmed on video and they didn’t even bother digitally grading it to make it look at all movie-like, and that Mike Myers one that I went upstairs when the kids put it on telly. Apparently the Americans love his stuff, rhyming nonsense with other nonsense, and pretty pictures that don’t get the noses right.

Well, the guy died in the 90s and he left a big box of unfinished work that his secretary eventually went through in 2013. That box contained the manuscript and line art that you’ll find finished off and coloured in,  looking all fancy and new, but keeping with the tone of Dr Seuss’ classic books from the 60s.

This story is about two kids looking round a pet shop, trying to find a pet. Why a parent would send their kids alone to make an important shopping decision is beyond me, but that’s what happens. Maybe things are different in America or something. Anyway, rather than explain the various events and such that occur, I thought I’d let Meg read it to you. Also, it stopped her nagging about being bored while we wait for Jess to finish her dance class.

So, here you go…

Apologies about the lack of editing or whatever, I have really cold feet and I’ve not had breakfast. So, Meg enjoyed the book, I think she struggled a little bit with the slightly weird poetry style of Dr Seuss. Nonetheless, for a 6 year old, this book is easy enough to read, and the pictures are nice enough.

The story ends unresolved, letting the kid make their own mind up what the children chose as a pet. There is a little check-box at the back for your kid to choose which pet they would have gone with.

It’s all very twee and fluffy and fun, and I see no reason why your kids won’t enjoy it. The blurb I was sent says the stuff at the back of the book detailing the rediscovery and subsequent finishing-off of the book is ‘thrilling’ but unless you get someone like Anthony Hopkins to read it to you, it’s just interesting. It does go into a lot of detail about colour palettes and such, which I suppose if you’re such a big Dr Seuss fan that you care about that, well, it’s nice.

I think this is probably the book equivalent of when they find an old recording of Elvis and finish it off so they can sell a new album. It does have the unmistakable tone and style of Dr Seuss, but really I doubt you’ll be going out of your way to get this unless you’ve got the rest of his books and you want the full set. That said, it’s not bad as a standalone book. I just don’t think it’s gonna be your go-to book if you think “Ooh I’ll get a Dr Seuss book”

You can find the book HERE on Amazon, so, yeah, do that.

I kinda feel bad I didn’t make this review rhyme. Orange.

So I was never a fan of Snoopy. I think it could have been that I never knew what exactly Woodstock was, or how everything just seemed super depressing. Maybe it was that all the adults spoke like trumpets, or that face everyone does when they shout. Anyway, given that I really don’t understand the world or characters or mystical pumpkins or whatever, I decided to fob off the review of the new Blue Sky SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN – THE PEANUTS MOVIE Storybook on to Megan, who hasn’t experienced Chuck and his dog in any of his previous incarnations.

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It’s worth noting that we haven’t seen the movie yet, and Meg may drop a few spoilers along the way, but I’m sure you’ll be fine. It’s not like it’s Star Wars and she’s revealing that CENSORED gets CENSORED by CENSORED CENSORED with a pickled cucumber.
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