Posted in Blog Tour, Young Adult, Younger Readers Age 9-12

If you are passionate about animals and conservation, check out my review for The Adventures of Ellie & Boo by Millie Kerr

Today we are sharing our thoughts and feelings after reading The Adventures of Ellie & Boo by Millie Kerr.

My Review

I love reading middle grade and young adult releases with Daisy as we both love to talk about the books we have read and the different feelings they create. As soon as I read the blurb for this one, I knew Daisy would love it as she is so passionate about animals and her cat Toodles is never far away.

I loved the relationship between Ellie & Boo at the beginning of the story and how she took her gorgeous furry friend everywhere with her. Boo is the pet that we all dream of having as we all wish we could communicate with our pets and see how they are really feeling.

A story that highlights lots of facts whilst being a work of fiction, it will help raise awareness of the impact society is having on animals natural living conditions and what we can do to help. Where we live we used to have a badger set close by and we used to love seeing them running around, however since more houses have been built they have disappeared and this added to the impression this story left on us.

A brilliant read that will make children stop, think and ask questions, with a few images scattered throughout to help with visualisation and impact. We both found the story informative and factual and it created lots of talking points. Hopefully it will help to create more awareness in children surrounding conservation and animal protection.

Book Blurb

A nature-loving cat and her conservationist mum team up to save endangered species!

Boo the tabby cat is born on a Lincolnshire farm and seems destined for a simple life. Everything changes when she’s put up for adoption and is taken in by Ellie Caldwell, an adventurous Cambridge graduate student who loves animals and is studying to become a wildlife conservationist.

Between lectures, Ellie heads to the countryside for camping trips, her Instagram-anointed ‘adventure cat’ in tow. On rocky trails, Boo discovers that, like Ellie, she has a passion for the natural world, and because she’s able to communicate with all animals, she can relate their challenges back to Ellie. But there’s a serious problem: whenever Boo tries to tell Ellie something, all Ellie hears is “Meow.”

Can they work out a communication system, and in doing so, save endangered animals from harm while encouraging public support of nature and wildlife?

Available to purchase – Amazon UK, Amazon US, Waterstones

Meet the Author

Millie Kerr is an author, journalist and photographer focused on wildlife conservation. A former lawyer, Millie uses storytelling to help people see splendour and fragility of the natural world. Her creative essays and reported articles—which predominantly involve travel and wildlife—have appeared in dozens of top-tier American and British publications, among them The Economist, National Geographic Traveller, Popular Science, and The Wall Street Journal. Millie has also worked for numerous global conservation NGOs, both as an in-house writer and an external consultant; and her legal career saw her working in private practice and government. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Masters of Philosophy in Conservation Leadership and has lived between the UK and USA for fifteen years. Her adopted cat, Baboon, has been her constant companion, although unlike their fictitious counterparts, they only enjoy indoor adventures.

Where to find Millie Kerr

Twitter @millieckerr

Instagram @milliekerrphotography / @millieckerr

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to read and review this superb festive read, I have loved reading these stories about the wonderful residents of Castle Street. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

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Posted in Blog Tour, Younger Readers Age 9-12

Today I am teaming up with Daisy to review Time School – We Will Honour Them by Nikki Young #TimeSchoolSeries #UKMG #backablogger @nikki_cyoung @hashtag_press @literallypr

Today Daisy is joining me on the blog tour for the new Time School release. She is currently reading the book and and I am sharing my review.

My Review

I really enjoy dipping into Middle Grade and YA fiction and enjoyed reading this historical fiction for children.

Nikki Young has written a book packed full of historical references for children to help them be aware of how the Polish families were treated at the end of World War II. Stories like these are so important to helping preserve our history and helping children to learn more through reading fiction as well as non fiction.

We havent read the first book so hadn’t met these characters before but that didn’t affect the story. The language of the book was easy to understand and the paperback has a good size font to ensure that children don’t lose their place as they read. This is a book that they can read independently or could be read with or by a parent.

Reading this story has sparked a thirst for more knowledge from me and would be a great book for schools as there are talking points throughout the story that could be explored in a group environment.

A great storyline to keep readers engaged whilst helping to enforce some knowledge of events that happened as a result of the war.

Daisy’s Thoughts So Far…

I am really enjoying reading this book. I am now about halfway and have found it easy to read and understand. The characters are varied and I like that they have different personalities so I can imagine them as I read.

I like learning more about our history and am looking forward to finishing the story and seeing what they discover on their train trip this time and what year it will be based in.

Book Blurb

Nadia Kaminski knows very little about her Polish grandfather so how is she going to write a speech about him to read at his funeral? She’s never really considered her Polish roots, so a trip back in time to time (to the end of the Second World War) and an encounter with Marcel, a Polish refugee, might be just what Nadia needs. Along with fellow time-travellers, Jess, Tomma and Ash, this is the group’s second experience of Hickley School in the past, and a chance to discover the struggles of those who found themselves stranded in a country that wasn’t their own. It’s time to board the train for another exciting journey back in time.

Available to purchase here

About the Author


Nikki Young is a freelance writer, copywriter and author. She is the author of ‘The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants’ an adventure story aimed at 7-9 year olds and reluctant readers.

Nikki also writes health-related articles, reviews and recipes on her blog, ‘A free-from life’. This blog was a finalist in the 2017 UK Allergy Blog Awards, recognising its provision of health information for food allergy and intolerance sufferers. Having a son and a husband, both with different dietary needs has been a challenge and one which has tested her knowledge.

As well as writing middle grade and young adult fiction, Nikki runs Storymakers, a creative writing club for children, which provides weekly courses and holiday workshops for children aged seven and above.

Many thanks to Helen at Literally PR for the invitation to join the blog tour and our copy of the book to read.

Please like and share to help spread the book love and thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today!

Posted in Blog Tour, Younger Readers Age 9-12

#Review Today we are joining the blog blitz and Daisy is sharing her review for Wild Sky by Lexi Rees

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Today we are joining the blog blitz for the latest release by Lexi Rees – Wild Sky which is Book 2 in The Relic Hunter series. Daisy loved reading Eternal Seas and is today joining me to share her review for Wild Sky.

 

Daisy’s Review

I really enjoyed Wild Sky which is the second of the Relic Hunter series by Lexi Rees. My favourite two characters would have to be unique Pippin and her trust cat Hobnob. Pippin is a lively girl who is easily excitable and was extremely happy when she found Hobnob on the island and her eyes even brimmed with tears. Hobnob is a cat who Pippin hardly ever lets out of her sight and event takes on a dangerous Himalayan journey.

Eternal Seas is about finding the sea-tamer relic and Wild Sky is about finding the air-rider relic, both books that I would recommend. You never know what might happen next when reading these books and I found this a fun read. I would love to read more by this author, because she knows how to create suspense in her books and keeps me up reading late into the night.

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After delivering the pearl, Finn and Aria thought life would return to normal.

But with the survival of the clans still in peril, they must continue their quest.

Can they find the next relic before the forces of evil?

Not everyone is who they appear to be

And time is running out …

 

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Available to purchase here

 

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Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. The first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award.

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children, and as well as an active programme of school visits and other events, she has published a Creative Writing Skills workbook, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities. 

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

 

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www.lexirees.co.uk

https://twitter.com/lexi_rees

https://www.facebook.com/LexiAuthor/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvWC70tUEfzPk9e4n9OvOmg/

https://www.instagram.com/lexi.rees

 

The Relic Hunters Giveaway

Win a copy of each of Eternal Seas and Wild Sky, the action packed fantasy adventure for 7-11 year olds.

UK – choice of signed paperbacks or ebooks

International entrants – ebooks only

https://kingsumo.com/g/dpaovz/the-relic-hunters-giveaway

 

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Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting us to take part on this blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love! 

Posted in Cover Reveal, Younger Readers Age 9-12

#CoverReveal Today I am excited to be sharing the cover for the upcoming release Wild Sky by Lexi Rees

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Daisy has previously read and loved Eternal Seas by Lexi Rees, today we are excited to be able to help with the cover reveal for her upcoming book Wild Sky. Have a read of the blurb below before we reveal her gorgeous new cover.

 

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After delivering the pearl, Finn and Aria thought life would return to normal.

But with the survival of the clans still in peril, they must continue their quest.

Can they find the next relic before the forces of evil?

Not everyone is who they appear to be

And time is running out …

 

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Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. The first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award.

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children, and as well as an active programme of school visits and other events, she has published a Creative Writing Skills workbook, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities. 

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

 

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www.lexirees.co.uk

https://twitter.com/lexi_rees

https://www.facebook.com/LexiAuthor/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvWC70tUEfzPk9e4n9OvOmg/

https://www.instagram.com/lexi.rees

 

Now it is time to reveal the stunning new cover for

Wild Sky from The Relic Hunter series

 

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Available to pre order here 

 

Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to help reveal this gorgeous cover, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love! 

 

 

Posted in Blog Tour, Non Fiction, Younger Readers Age 9-12

#Review Today we are really excited to be joining the blog blitz for Creative Writing Skills by Lexi Rees #CreativeWritingSkills #BackaBlogger #BlogBlitz @rararesources @lexi_rees

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Today I am teaming up with Daisy and we are joining the blog blitz to share our review for Creative Writing Skills by Lexi Rees.

I love the brightly coloured book cover and have had great fun completing some of the activities alongside Daisy, I found the tasks fun and interactive and we have completed different exercises and shared ideas with each other. The book has great images throughout to help make it fun for younger children whilst the exercises are also relevant for the older age range that this booked is aimed at. It is a really visual book with clear fonts and fab chapter banners, I also liked the space left for the activities to be completed to allow us to really get stuck in.

 

Daisy’s Review

 

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Last year I read Eternal Seas by this author and was really happy to help with looking at this book as I love to write stories. The book cover is really creative and cool, I found the book really interesting and it is easy to read with good illustrations.

My favourite sections were Character Profiles and Story Sparks. If you want to write a story you need a main character and this helped me create a character who can take the lead in my story, I enjoyed thinking about the likes, dislike and hobbies the characters might have.  The activities also helped my creative thinking, exploring ideas for different stories on paper.

I am looking forward to using this book when I write stories as it is full of great tips. I have found it really helpful, I particularly liked where we could write a story about my teacher being an alien, this helps you think more creatively whilst being fun.

A good author for both creating stories to read and sharing ideas to help her readers write their own stories.

Overall Thoughts

I think it is safe to say that both myself and Daisy have loved reading this book and working through some of the activities, we will definitely be keeping this one on the bookshelf so that we can work through the remaining activities and use it for inspiration and story building in the future.

 

Book Blurb

Discover the secrets to becoming an amazing author

  • Find your creative spark
  • Grow your skills and confidence
  • Have more fun with your writing

Packed with top tips, this awesome workbook has everything you need to know about creating colourful characters, perfect plots, dynamite dialogue, and lots more …

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon UK / US

 

About the Author

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Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. As well as the Creative Writing Skills workbook, the first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award. The sequel, Wild Sky, will be published in November.

When not writing, she’s usually covered in straw or glitter, and frequently both.

She also runs a free club for kids designed to encourage a love of reading and writing which you can check out here https://lexirees.co.uk/kidsclub/

 

Social Media Links

Website https://lexirees.co.uk/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LexiAuthor/

Twitter https://twitter.com/lexi_rees

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lexi.rees/

 

Win 2 copies of Creative Writing Skills 

Choice of paperback or pdf for UK winners and pdf for international winners.

https://kingsumo.com/g/gw6isv/creative-writing-skills-workbook

 

Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite for Daisy and myself to take part in the blog tour, please remember to like and share! 

Posted in 5*, Blog Tour, Younger Readers Age 9-12

#Review #Blogtour Daisy is joining me on my blog today to share her thoughts on Space Dragons by Robin Bennett #SpaceDragons #YoungReaders #MiddleGrade #Childrensbooks @rararesources @MonsterBooksRaw

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Today my daughter Daisy is joining me on my blog to share her thoughts on Space Dragons which she has recently finished reading.

Daisy has just had her 12th birthday so sits in the higher age group for this book which is aimed at 8-12 year olds. She always has a book in her hand and was really excited to receive her copy and get stuck in.

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Daisy’s Review

It all started when Stan looked up through his broken telescope and saw Venus’ eye. It’s an amazing story, about dragons that live on the planets of our solar system. The story was about stopping Hades (Pluto) putting the particle of light back to where it belongs and saving Stan’s sister.

My favourite character is Mercury because he’s funny and very talkative.

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend reading Space Dragons, it was a book that kept me hooked as I wanted to know if Stan would be able to stop Hades and save his sister.

 

Book Blurb

If Stan Pollux had known he would be spending his summer holidays in the outer reaches of our solar system, he would have put on different underpants.

But when he gets kidnapped by the Planet Dragon Mercury, most things suddenly seem small and insignificant. Stan finds himself in a universe of dragons who had once ruled the skies as gods: Mars, Venus, Saturn and even Uranus way out back. This is shaping up to be the best summer holiday in the history of the cosmos until Stan discovers his stupid sister is missing and that Pluto (AKA Hades) is trying to use her to destroy the Solar System. And it will be all Stan’s fault if he doesn’t get Poppy back.

So, all Stan has to do is learn how to fight like a hero in space armour, defeat the dragon god of the Underworld, Hades, rescue his sister and save the world. All before his parents realise she is missing.

 

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Available to from Amazon UK / US

About the Author

Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, adults, and everything in between. Listed in the Who’s Who of British Business Excellence at 29, his 2016 documentary “Fantastic Britain”, about the British obsession with fantasy and folklore, won best foreign feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, and his first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer’s News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012. Robin is also a director at Firefly Press

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MonsterBooksRaw

 

Giveaway to Win 10 x Hardcover Copies of Space Dragons – UK Only

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Posted in Blog Tour, Fantasy, Younger Readers Age 9-12

#BlogTour #Review The Curse of Ragman’s Hollow by Rhys A Jones #childrensbook @rararesources

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Today I am inviting my daughter Daisy to my blog to help kick off the blog tour and share her review for The Curse of Ragman’s Hollow.

Daisy was really excited to read this book after I shared the blurb with her and dove straight in once the book arrived.

Daisy’s Review Age 11

Ragman’s cove was a really good book and draws you in so you want to keep reading.

It has really good descriptions and is an amazing supernatural book. My favourite character was Sam, he may have been considered crazy but I loved his fun character.

I loved the adventures and how super exciting it was throughout the story and would recommend this book to other children who enjoy fantasy and magic with some adventure. I would love to read more books by this author.

Book Blurb

Just a walk in the countryside. What could possibly go wrong

Sam Jones’s grandmother is training him to be one of the Cunning Folk, like her, and exams are looming.

But Sam’s mother has holiday plans and drags him off to a remote cottage in the middle of nowhere for some country air. No mobile phone, nettle soup and long walks are the rule. One such walk takes them to Ragman’s Hollow, a place the locals avoid with good reason.
It’s a place where people and animals go missing, never to be found.

That’s just superstitious nonsense, according to Sam’s mother. But there is no smoke without fire and Sam soon finds himself up against an old, very spiteful, and very tricky enemy.
He’s going to need every ounce of his cunning to stop the Ragman. But can he do it alone?

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Available to purchase on here

About the Author

Rhys A Jones was born in 1955 and grew up in a mining village in South Wales with his nose in a book and his head in the clouds. He managed to subdue his imagination long enough to carve out a career in medicine, writing whenever the chance arose.

The Merryweathers mysteries feature a boy and his more-than-meets-the-eye Granny Merryweather. The Curse of Wihtlea Barrows (previously the Dreables) and The Curse of Borage Doone have just been released as paperbacks with new covers and a new publisher (Wyrmwood). The third in the series entitled The Curse of Ragman’s Hollow is now available at last

Rhys is currently writing The Artefact Quintet featuring eleven-year-old Oz Chambers whose family inherits a ‘haunted’ house. His mother wants to leave, but Oz wants to unlock the house’s mysteries and uncovers a secret that will change his life forever.

Rhys also writes for adults as DC Farmer and Dylan Young

He has three grownup children who have emerged remarkably unscathed into adulthood. When not writing, he practices medicine and lives in darkest West Wales with his understanding (very) wife and dog.

Oh, and the Rhys is pronounced Reece–as in the actor Rhys Ifans of Mr Lovegood (Harry Potter) and The Lizard (The Amazing Spiderman) fame. Or perhaps it’s easier if you just think of Reece Witherspoon, though she is a lady.

 

Social Media Links

Author Website – https://jonestheauthor.com/rhys-a-jones-landing/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RAJonesauthor/

 

Giveaway to Win a signed copy of the Merryweathers Mysteries series (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Massive thanks to Rachel and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting us to take part.

Posted in Blogs, Younger Readers Age 9-12

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!

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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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Posted in 5*, Childhood Classic, Seasonal, Younger Readers Age 9-12

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

Posted in 5*, Seasonal, Younger Readers Age 9-12

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.