Not too long until Christmas is upon us and if you are anything like me then some of your Christmas shopping will be done in bookshops. I just love to browse through books, each year I take it upon myself to help the children I buy presents for improve their love for books. I bought one of my nephews a book recently and he commented this would be his fourth book. How sad is that? My kids have dozens and dozens of books each and we visit charity shops and the library frequently so we can keep rotating and keep our reading fresh. I suppose my love of reading has translated into a love for them too - result!
I was recently sent 3 books to review and share with you. Here is what we thought!
Magic Beans: A Handful of Fairytales from the Storybag. RRP £9.99 in hardback
My girls particularly liked the tale of Rapunzel told by Jacqueline Wilson and I was super pleased to see Aesop's Fables included. I have such fond memories of being read these simple but brilliant tales by my Mum when I was young. I would happily recommend this book for both boys and girls.
History Keepers: The Storm Begins by Damien Dibben. RRP £12.99 in hardback
Sapphire Battersea by Jacqueline Wilson. RRP £12.99 in hardback
Her mum tells me that Sapphire Battersea is well written and very pre-teen/ early teenage years friendly. There is a sad part when a key character dies (I won't spoil it and say who) so you need to be aware that it is not really aimed at younger children. Also your child needs to be aware that there will be a third book out in a year or so which will reveal the ending to the story..... so they need to be patient and wait for it!
Another recommendation, I am now reliably informed that JJ would have loved it too and whilst my assumption was that it is a girls book, apparently that is not so.
All three books are available at good booksellers such as Waterstones and WH Smiths and can also be purchased online from Random House.
Disclosure: I received these books free of charge to review. I was not instructed what to write and I remain honest.