Easy guide to illustration apps for kids

Some brilliant tips here and really interesting if you have a budding young artist, I’ll definitely be sharing this with Daisy as she loves to sketch

Thanks to @lexi_rees and Charlotte for sharing today!

Lexi Rees

Sometimes you meet people whose talent just blows your mind! So today I have the very great pleasure of introducing Charlotte who is going to share her illustration app tips. She’s already planning a career in art and I see a bright future for her.

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She entered my illustration competition, and not only were her drawings amazing, but she was the only computer based entry which really caught my attention. I asked her, via her Dad, if she would mind sharing her knowledge on computer based illustration to help other youngsters try it out. I’m delighted too share this blog from her, and being a super cool tech-savvy kid, she’s made us a YouTube video too!

So over to Charlotte …

Hi, I’m Charlotte and I am 11 years old. I love to draw; it’s one of the things that I like to do most in my free time and…

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Day 24 Christmas Eve! Today Daisy is reviewing The Polar Express by Chris Val Allsburg

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Christmas eve has always been one of my favourite days of the year as it has an air of magic about it and has always been a day to spend with my family and friends.

Today I will be watching Christmas films and baking with Daisy so we thought we would make our final review of a firm Christmas family favourite The Polar Express.

Yesterday I read The Polar Express I have loved reading this book since I was little. This is a fun read that is full of magic with a boy who goes on the train to visit Santa in the North Pole and receives the first Christmas present of the year. The boy then loses the present that he has been given but when he gets up the next morning it is waiting under the tree for him with a letter.

I love this book, it has really good illustrations and is written and drawn by the author. I recommend this book for all ages as is still just as much fun to read now I am older as when I used to read it with Mum or Dad when I was little.

Book Blurb

Late on Christmas Eve a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express, bound for the North Pole. When he arrives there, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer’s harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring.

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Available to purchase on Amazon

Finally we would like to thank everyone who has been reading and sharing our Festive Reads thread and wish them a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019, watch out for more reviews in the new year! Love Kel & Daisy x

Children’s Festive Read – The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

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The review for Christmasaurus is bought to you today by Daisy, she read this book last year and loved it so much she has gifted this festive book to her cousins for Christmas this year.

I loved this book it was really fun to read but sad in places about a lonely dinosaur and a lonely disabled boy who met on Christmas eve. I didn’t like the bully Brenda in this story and she made me sad for William as she was so mean and I hate bullies.

I found this book magical and memorable it was a fun adventure with lots of silliness and fun words that made me feel really Christmassy.

I was lucky enough to have the musical edition and love the soundtrack that goes with the book, it is a book that will cheer you up as it is full of fun and music and Christmas with brilliant illustrations of William and the dinosaur that I loved. My friend is reading the book at the moment and she loves the illustrations and we have been talking about it at school.

I am really excited to hear that Tom Fletcher is writing another book and I will definitely read it next year when it comes out.

Book Blurb

The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible . . .

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Available to purchase from Amazon

 

About the Author

Tom Fletcher is one of the UK’s bestselling authors for children. He is the creator of The Christmasaurus, which was the biggest debut middle-grade novel of 2016, as well as being one half of the duo behind the Dinosaur That Pooped picture book series, which has sold over a million copies. Tom is also a musician, Guinness World Record holder and vlogger. His YouTube channel has had almost 100 million video views and 630 thousand subscribers. Tom’s books have been translated into thirty-one languages and his most recent is called There’s A Dragon in Your Book.

 

 

Day 10 – The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo

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Today we have a Mum and daughter review as we have both read and loved this book! Daisy is a massive fan of Michael Morpurgo so when I saw that he had released a new re-imagined version of The Snowman I had to buy a copy so we could both read it as we both loved the original story by Raymond Briggs.

I grew up with the beautiful story of The Snowman and reading this lovely story took me back to my memories of reading the original as a child in the lead up to Christmas.

This is a beautiful story that is wonderfully interwoven with the original to ensure that the story of The Snowman released 40 years ago has not been lost. It is the perfect story to curl up with your children and read whilst snuggling with a Hot Chocolate and a lovely way for older children to experience the magic of Christmas.

Daisy was enraptured as soon as she picked it up and loved the adventure that this story took James on and how it was so similar yet had differences to the original story.

A lovely festive read that I would recommend to children of all ages that carries all of the magic of the original story and more.

Book Blurb

Beloved children’s author Michael Morpurgo has re-imaginedRaymond Briggs’ classic The Snowman for a new generation of readers. 

One December morning, James is thrilled to wake up to see snow falling.

He spends the whole day making his perfect snowman; he has coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose… just like the snowman from his favourite story.

That night, something magical happens- the Snowman comes to life!

He and James take to the skies on a magical adventure where they meet someone very special.

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Available to purchase on Amazon

 

 

 

Festive Reads Day 5 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr Seuss

Daisy loves to read and was keen to get involved with helping me share some of our favourite festive reads. She has been reading the story of the Grinch since she was little when we would read it to her and loved pulling it off the bookshelf this year to write her review.

Daisy’s Review

I love the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, it is a fun read full of pictures, jolliness and jealousy.

My favourite character is Max as I love animals and he is so cute and a friend to Grinch even though he is miserable and hates everything about Christmas.

I have read the book and watched the film many times and I would recommend it to children of all ages as it is a brilliant book that made me feel really Christmassy with fab illustrations to make it fun for everyone.

Book Blurb

“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason…”

With a heart two sizes too small, the Grinch is the meanest creature you’ll ever meet. He hates Christmas and the whole festive season. But when he hatches a dastardly plot to steal Christmas, he’s in for a big surprise!

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Available to purchase on Amazon

The Snowman: Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs by Michael Morpurgo

My daughter is a massive fan of Michael Morpurgo so when I saw that he had released a new re-imagined version of The Snowman I had to buy a copy so both my daughter and myself could read it.

I grew up with the beautiful story of The Snowman and reading this lovely story took me back to my memories of reading the original as a child in the lead up to Christmas.

This is a beautiful story that is wonderfully interwoven with the original to ensure that the story of The Snowman released 40 years ago has not been lost. It is the perfect story to curl up with your younger children and read whilst snuggling with a Hot Chocolate and a lovely way for older children to experience the magic of Christmas.

A lovely festive read that I would recommend to children of all ages that carries all of the magic of the original story and more.

Book Blurb

Beloved children’s author Michael Morpurgo has re-imagined Raymond Briggs’ classic The Snowman for a new generation of readers. 

One December morning, James is thrilled to wake up to see snow falling.

He spends the whole day making his perfect snowman; he has coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose… just like the snowman from his favourite story.

That night, something magical happens- the Snowman comes to life!

He and James take to the skies on a magical adventure where they meet someone very special.

 

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The Bubble Boy

I love getting the chance to read books Daisy has bought so last week I chose The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster Author from her bookshelf

Such a lovely story, about the amazing Joe who is stuck in a hospital room due to a life threatening condition which means he can’t come into contact with any germs.

This story is full of hope, desperation, friendship, loss and love. I borrowed this book from my daughter as I liked the sound of it. I am so pleased I did as it is a brilliantly written and inspirational story

Book Blurb
They call it a crash when the blood goes from my head to my feet, pours out into the room and drains through a hole in the middle of the floor. They call it a crash when the walls start spinning and the pictures blur. Then the ceiling turns black and the floor turns black and I don’t know which way I’m facing any more.

Eleven-year-old Joe can’t remember a life outside of his hospital room, with its beeping machines and view of London’s rooftops. His condition means he’s not allowed outside, not even for a moment, and his few visitors risk bringing life-threatening germs inside his ‘bubble’. But then someone new enters his world and changes it for ever.

THE BUBBLE BOY is the story of how Joe spends his days, copes with his loneliness and frustrations, and looks – with superhero-syle bravery, curiosity and hope – to a future without limits. Expect superheroes, super nurses and a few tears from this truly unique story.

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The Great Escape by Megan Rix

The Great Escape is a gripping and heartwarming story for 9+ readers about three pets who are separately from their beloved owners in Second World War London, fleeing to the countryside to survive.

Perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse and Lauren St John.

BUSTER is a lively Jack Russell
TIGER is a feisty white and ginger tom
ROSE is a faithful Collie

Robert and Lucy Edwards love their pets more than anything; but the threat of the Second World War forces them to flee to Devon – leaving their animals behind. And as the air raid sirens sound over London, the frightened animals are sent to be put down.

Buster, Tiger and Rose make a daring escape but with danger at every turn, can the trio make it across the country as it prepares for battle – and cheat death for the second time?

Daisy’s 5* Review

This book is based on the story of Buster, Tiger & Rose who are left behind when the children are evacuated.
I found it really descriptive, I could imagine the animals and their journey. It made me feel sorry for those caught up in the war and it made me think about the animals back then and what would have happened to them. I enjoyed the whole book with no favourite part and would definitely recommend it.

Bad Dad by David Walliams

The new heart-warming and hilariously brilliant story from number one bestselling author David Walliams. Beautifully illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross.

Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

There are fat ones and thin ones, tall ones and short ones.
There are young ones and old ones, clever ones and stupid ones.
There are silly ones and serious ones, loud ones and quiet ones.
Of course, there are good dads, and bad dads . . .

A high-speed cops and robbers adventure with heart and soul about a father and son taking on the villainous Mr Big – and winning!

This riches-to-rags story will have you on the edge of your seat and howling with laughter!

5* Review

I pre ordered the latest David Walliams book – Bad Dad for my daughter so that it arrived to her very excited hands on release day. She has loved all of the David Walliams books to date and this book did not disappoint.

I lost her to the book almost as soon as it arrived and she thoroughly enjoyed his latest release.

Here is her review from earlier this week when she finished reading it:

This was a really funny book, which made me laugh throughout the book. I felt sorry for Frank as the story went on as his Dad did a bad thing and got into trouble. The story is based around Frank and how his Dad made some bad decisions, it made me laugh a lot and I kept wanting to read more to find out what happened next.

My favourite things about the book are:
* It was really funny, David Walliams always makes me laugh
* Illustrated well – I really liked the illustrations in the book
* I would definitely read it again and have already recommended it to my friends

If you are looking for a book to purchase your kids for Christmas this book would definitely be worth adding to your list as David Walliams appears to be a master in writing funny books to entertain our children.