Book Review – A Year and A Day Isabelle Broom

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Welcome to a city where wishes are everywhere

For Megan, a winter escape to Prague with her friend Ollie is a chance to find some inspiration for her upcoming photography exhibition. But she’s determined to keep their friendship from becoming anything more. Because if Megan lets Ollie find out about her past, she risks losing everything – and she won’t let that happen again . . .

For Hope, the trip is a surprise treat from Charlie, her new partner. But she’s struggling to enjoy the beauty of the city when she knows how angry her daughter is back home. And that it’s all her fault . . .

For Sophie, the city has always been a magical place. This time she can’t stop counting down the moments until her boyfriend Robin joins her. But in historic Prague you can never escape the past . . .

Three different women.

Three intertwining love stories.

One unforgettable, timeless city.

 

What I thought

I had never read anything by Isabelle Broom before but I had seen this book posted all over Instagram, so when I saw it in my local charity shop I picked it up & stuck it in my case for our trip to Turkey.  I’m so glad I did.  I absolutely loved this book, so much so that once I’d finished it I gave it to my sister in law to read and totally forgot to take any pictures of it!  I started reading thinking that it would just be like every other chick-lit book I’ve ever read but I was wrong.  A Year and A Day is so much deeper than that, there are twists and turns throughout that you just don’t see coming.  Although there are 3 separate stories running through the book, they blend together so seamlessly that you don’t have to think about which tale belongs to who – you can just sit back and watch it all unfold before your eyes.  I’ve never had a book make me want to visit a city more – I cannot wait to go to Prague; it really is a character all of it’s own in this book and the descriptions of the city really do bring the story to life – you really feel like you could be there.  I have recommended this book to so many people since coming back from Turkey and will continue to do so.  I have now added all of Isabelle Brooms other books to my “to be read” list and can’t wait to see what those have in store.

 

Next on my list

The Last Piece of My Heart – Paige Toon

If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you will know that I adore Paige Toon.  I have read everything she has written and love them all equally.  I always finish one of her books and wonder how she will be able to top it with her next release but she always does.  I’m very excited to see if The Last Piece of My Heart lives up to my expectations, I’m sure it will.

What are you reading this week?

V xx

#RockingMotherhood Challenge

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Since I’ve been out of action since like May, I’ve just been catching up with some of my favourite blogs.  I’ve noticed that I’ve been tagged to complete a couple of “challenges” so I guess I’d better get my arse in gear & get them done!

The first one is the #RockingMotherhood Challenge – thanks to Kirsty from HonestK for the nomination!  I love Kirstys’ blog, it’s so honest and hilarious – I actually find myself nodding my way through most of her posts, we could definitely be the same person!  Get yourselves over & give her a follow – I promise you won’t regret it.

I’m supposed to nominate other Mums to complete this challenge but I really don’t know many people on here so please feel free to play along & let me know you’ve done it – I’m really nosy haha!!

The rules of the challenge are as follows:

  1. Thank the blogger who tagged you and link to her blog.
  2. List 10 (or more) things that make you a good mother.
  3. Grab the #RockingMotherhood image and add it to your post or sidebar.
  4. Tag three to five bloggers to join the #RockingMotherhood tag.

 

Okay so here goes!  Ten things that make me a good mother, I don’t know if I can even think of 1 never mind 10!!

1.  I’ve kept Connor alive for almost 3 years – that’s good right?!  I think I deserve credit for that ha!

2.  I only work 2 half days & 1 full day a week because I hate being away from him.  Don’t know if that makes me a good Mum or the worlds clingiest Mum – either way that’s the way it is.  Not that the extra money wouldn’t be handy, of course it would, but I just don’t like to part with him for longer than is completely necessary!

3. I don’t know how this goes with being a good mother but I suffered from PND and made it out the other side.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have my off days but they are few and far between compared to how I used to be.  It’s a part of my life that although it holds horrible memories, the fact that I’ve “survived” it means that I am definitely a far stronger person now than I was before.  I’m proud of that (and myself) and I think Connor would be too.

4. I will do anything to make Connor happy – be that painting wooden spoons to look like the three little pigs (I actually did this) or reading endless amounts of dinosaur fact books – yes I said fact books, my 2 year old knows more dinosaur names than most adults! – when it’s already waaaay past bedtime.  I really don’t think there’s much – if anything- that I wouldn’t do for him.

5. We’re always being told how Connor is a joy to look after, how funny/clever he is, how polite he is etc etc – we must be doing something right?!  I definitely pride myself on having a very polite child.  I make remind him to say please and thank you for every tiny little thing & although he sometimes needs a lot of reminding when it’s just us apparently when he’s with other people he’s a little charmer.

6. Connor will literally chat away to anybody and everybody.  He’s not what Scottish people would class as a “strange wean” – basically means wary of people, doesn’t talk much etc.  Connor could and regularly does talk for Scotland,  I love that he’s so confident in every situation – we could walk into a room full of strangers and he will work his way round speaking to everyone.  At parties/softplay he dives right in without so much as a “bye Mum” and I’m usually left in a trail of dust as he runs off to explore.

7. He loves everybody and considers everybody to be his friend.  Even if in actual fact it’s one of his Grampas’ friends who has only spoken 2 words to Connor in his entire life.  He has such a warm, friendly, caring nature and I would like to think I’ve we’ve had something to do with that.

8. I’m dressed like a tramp 99.9% of the time while Connor swans around in brand new clothes.  I think the same can be said for most Mums and their kids but I’d just rather buy for him than for myself.  He’s way cuter than me and his outfits always look better anyway.

9.  Connor fights me most nights for bedtime.  He always wants one more cuddle – it drives me insane because by this point I just want my dinner and a seat on the couch.  This can sometimes go on for nearly an hour but if David goes puts him to bed he’s out like a light first time.  David says it’s because he takes the piss out of me, I say I clearly give better cuddles.

10.  My son is just amazing.  I can’t believe that we actually managed to make something as clever, funny and caring as he is – especially when he came from us two weirdos.  We definitely must be doing something right.

 

That was so bloody difficult.  I don’t even think half of those points answer the question but it’s the best I’ve got!

 

Please feel free to complete this & tag me so I can be nosy and read all your answers!

 

V xx

50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked Tag

I know I’ve been AWOL for a while, sorry!  I promise I do have a really good excuse, ha!  Anyway I thought I’d do one of these tag posts to ease me back into writing since I haven’t done it for nearly 2 months!  It’s a long one, there’s 50 questions so I’d better get started!

 

1. What’s your favorite candle scent?

It’s called Prosecco & Berries by Candelle & Co – it smells divine!

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

I love Jennifer Lawrence, she’s nuts.

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?

I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head.  I wouldn’t know what to do with a brother!

4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

I was 22 🙂

5. Do you know a hoarder?

My Mum would say I’m a hoarder, but I disagree, so no!

6. Can you do a split?

Nope, I can barely touch my toes.

7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?

Only little, I’d say like 4 probably.

8. How many oceans have you swam in?

4 I think?

9. How many countries have you been to?

6 – England, America, Turkey, Cyprus, Spain & Bulgaria

10. Is anyone in your family in the army?

No, my Uncle used to be in the RAF though.

11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?

I really don’t know, I struggle with girls names.

12. What would you name your son if you had one?

We called him Connor 🙂 I have no idea what we would call another one, it took us til Connor was 3 days old to agree on his name!

13. What’s the worst grade you got on a test?

A fail?

14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?

I have no clue.

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?

All of them.

17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?

I’d rather keep my Scottish accent I think.

18. Did your mother go to college?

Nope she did not.

19. Are your grandparents still married?

Technically, 1 of each set of grandparents has passed away.

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?

No

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?

Of course!

22. What’s the first amusement park you’ve been to?

One of the ones in Florida I think.

23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?

I’d love to speak Spanish.

24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray?

Grey.

25. Is your father bald?

Not yet!

26. Do you know triplets?

I did when I was younger.

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?

Titanic all day every day.

28. Have you ever had Indian food?

Yep, most of it is too spicy for me though!

29. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant?

I haven’t been to a restaurant at home in so long so I’ll say Charcoal Palace which was an amazing restaurant we found on holiday in Turkey.

30. Have you ever been to Olive Garden?

I think I have actually.

31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJ’s, etc.)?

Nope.

32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?

Dayle, Dean or Darren.

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?

Toria, Toes.

34. Who’s your favorite person in the world?

My son, Connor.

35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?

Suburbs, country life would be too quiet for me I think.

36. Can you whistle?

Not properly.

37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?

Nope.

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?

Most mornings.

39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?

No.

40. What medical conditions do you have?

Asthma and a history of depression.

41. How many times have you been to the hospital?

Too many to count.

42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?

I have indeed.

43. Where did you buy your jeans?

A shop called LC Waikiki in Turkey,

44. What’s the last compliment you got?

That I had a nice smile 🙂

45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

Sometimes but not always.

46. What flavor tea do you enjoy?

I’m not a big tea drinker.

47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

For everyday use – only about 3 for going out – I’ve lost count.

48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?

None, I’m not religious & neither is David so we will leave it up to them to decide if religion is something they want to follow.

49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?

I don’t think I was ever officially told that he wasn’t real.  My sister is 4 years younger than me so as long as I can remember Santa has been real in our family.

50. Why do you have a tumblr?

I don’t.

 

Thanks for reading if you made it all the way to the end 🙂  I tag Kirsty from HonestK and Roxy from Roxanne Starr if you ladies would like to give it a go.

 

V xx

Review : Perfect Glasses

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A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely people at PerfectGlasses.co.uk  to choose and review a pair of glasses from their extensive range.  I opted for a pair from the Jorgio collection which you can find here.   Perfect Glasses also offer prescription sunglasses but as my old specs haven’t really withstood the pressures of living with a toddler I opted for a new pair of standard glasses.

I was given £50 to spend and found that surprisingly there was plenty of choice (over 1000 options) – I would go as far as to say I had too much choice, I was looking at frame options for at least 3 days!  I kept sending screenshots to my Mum & sister, I’m sure they were fed up hearing me talk about it!  Luckily Perfect Glasses has the ideal solution for people like me; on the website you can upload a picture of yourself & it allows you to ‘try on’ whichever pair you fancy!  Once I uploaded a picture I was able to narrow it down to 2 options almost instantly & finally settled on the Jorgio frame.  I emailed over my prescription and delivery address and waited for them to be delivered – easy peasy!  You can also receive text updates to track your order, such a useful option – there’s nothing worse than having to wait in all day for a parcel, am I right?

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My new glasses arrived within the week and they are great.  I love the look of them, I haven’t tried a tortoiseshell frame before as I wasn’t sure if I would suit them but I was pleasantly surprised.  The glasses I ordered are metal frames which is different to my usual plastic frames; when they arrived I was a bit concerned as they didn’t feel as sturdy as I was used to but that is due to the materials used and not the quality.

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Perfect Glasses is running a sale at the moment which means that prices start from as little as £9 and that is complete with lenses – how about that for bargain prices?  They also offer a wide range of designer glasses from brands such as Hugo Boss, Gucci, Dior and Marc Jacobs all at competitive prices.  Once you complete your order your glasses will be delivered to you within 7 working days and if you’re not happy you can simply return them free of charge, no questions asked.

I’ve never bought prescription glasses online before but Perfect Glasses made this experience so easy and straightforward that I will definitely be doing this again in future.  I would definitely recommend having a look at PerfectGlasses.co.uk if you are in the market for a new pair of specs, they really do have something for every budget.

V x

The Happy Book Club – Review

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The Happy Book Club is a monthly subscription service for children’s books, not your run of the mill children’s books – these are gorgeous, high quality books that are not necessarily found in supermarkets.  You all know how much I love a good book, why didn’t I know about this service sooner?!

A 1 month package costs just £15.99 and there are 3 age categories 0-1, 2-4 and 5-7, you then have the option to send a gift certificate and add a personalised message if you choose to gift it to someone else.  Each month there is a theme which is a secret until you open your parcel, this months theme was Colour.  In each package you receive 2 beautiful books and activity suggestions depending on the age group.   A donation is made to a charity which relates to the theme and delivery is absolutely free.  The package comes wrapped in brown paper & tied with a bow inside a sturdy cardboard mailing envelope so your books are in perfect condition when they arrive.

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One off packages are available too, they currently have a Bedtime Package and a Dinosaur Package which are both £15.99 each.  I wonder if you can guess which one I’m thinking about getting for Connors hand luggage?

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In our Colour-themed parcel which we were kindly sent this month we received The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo about Zot who lives in a world without colour; he sees Earth full of colour and decides to steal some of it for himself.  We also got The game of red, yellow and blue by Hervé Tullet which helps children see what happens when you mix certain colours together and also introduces them to shapes.

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Connor is loving learning his shapes at the moment, he’s known his colours for a while but shapes are the new thing so I’m sure he’ll just love putting the two together.  The illustrations in The Colour Thief are just gorgeous and the story is so, so sweet and thought provoking, even for a toddler.  He was very excited when he woke from his nap to find that someone had sent him books and was desperate to read them.

All in all I would highly recommend purchasing a package from The Happy Book Club, whether it be a one off or the full subscription.  They are high quality, beautifully presented and by giving you activity suggestions it means that you can carry on the story even when the book is finished.  It’s perfect for helping little minds grow and developing their love of reading.

I will definitely be recommending The Happy Book Club to everyone I know.

V xx

Turkey Here We Come !

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I am so excited, I could literally burst!  We have finally managed to get a holiday booked for this year – we’re off to Turkey!  David’s Dad and his partner live over there so it’s the ideal option; sunshine, family and possible babysitters?

We flew over to Turkey to visit when Connor was 6 months old but it was March and most things were closed as it was out of season.  The weather was surprisingly warm but there was no pool or anything due to the time of year.  That was 2 years ago and that is far too long to go without a holiday, I mean, we live in Scotland – we don’t see much of the sun!  This time around June is most definitely in season and the pool has been refurbished and is filled, ready and waiting for us to arrive in 4 weeks!

We are obviously flying over again, the flight is around 4hrs 15mins give or take and then we will have about an hours travel to my inlaws villa which is absolutely beautiful.  When booking our flights I noticed that iPads and tablets or anything with a screen larger than an iPhone 7 are banned on flights from South Asia and North Africa.  I had planned to take my iPad with a few episodes of Connors favourite TV shows and the games that he likes to play but not any more!  Our flight is a late afternoon/evening one, we take off at around 4.30pm and land at 10.30pm Turkey time which makes it 8.30pm GMT because of the 2 hour time difference.  Connor is in bed by 7.30pm at the latest and  usually the ‘witching hour’ (or 2) starts at about half 5 so it’s safe to say I’m dreading the latter part of this journey!

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I’ve put a post out on my Instagram asking for tips on flying with a toddler, I’m mostly just looking for plane friendly activities to keep him occupied – any ideas?  I’d love to hear from you.

V xx

The Mummy Tag

The Mummy Tag

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Are you a working mum or a stay at home mum ?

I currently work part time, it usually works out as 2 half days during the week and a whole day on a Saturday.  I’m very lucky that I don’t have to pay for childcare as family members (mostly my sister or Davids sister) help out and watch Connor for us while I work.

Would you have it any other way ?

I hate the thought of going to work because I would so much rather spend all my time with Connor but once I get there I’m absolutely fine.  Working 2 half days and a full day is definitely enough for me at the moment, I can’t imagine being away from him for any longer than that.

Do you co-sleep?

No, we never did.  We slept with Connor in his Moses basket next to our bed until he was 3/4 months then moved him into his cot.  We were living with my parents at the time otherwise he would’ve been transitioned to his cot much sooner.  We were waking him up, he was waking us up and nobody was getting a particularly good night sleep so him having his own space has definitely helped us.  I have nothing against co sleeping and probably would do it if it was the best option – everybody needs sleep right?  But all of us love our space when it comes to sleeping so squishing 3 in a bed just didn’t make sense.

What is your must have item for your baby?

Connor is now almost 3 so not a baby anymore but when he was a teeny tot we couldn’t go anywhere without his Sophie the Giraffe or his dummy.  He was teething from bang on 3 months old so always needed something to chew on.  He’s still pretty attached to his dummy unfortunately, but we have managed to restrict it to just nap/bedtime and hopefully the ‘Dummy Fairy’ will be able to visit soon!

How many kids do you plan on having ?

At least 1 more, although I have a funny feeling that I will be one of those people who would continue having babies – I just love kids!

Date night how often do you have them ?

Not often enough.  We very rarely spend much time out of the house together as a couple, if we do go out it’s usually because we have a party etc to go to so there’s not much one on one time.  It’s something we really do need to make an effort to do more of.

Your child’s favourite show ?

It changes daily.  He probably has about 4 that he rotates – Ben & Holly, The Lion Guard, Paw Patrol & Thomas and Friends.  He does like the dreaded pig but I can’t stand it so he only gets to watch that occasionally – terrible mother, I know!  He loves movies though so some days instead of watching his programmes he will ask for a film, usually Lion King, Jungle Book, Moana or one of the Julia Donaldson short stories.

Name one thing you bought before you had a baby and never ended up using ?

I honestly can’t remember, I think we used pretty much everything we had for him.

Your child’s favourite food

He loves, loves, loves broccoli, carrots, prunes, chicken, fish – honestly the boy will eat just about anything.

How many cars does your family have ?

We have 2 cars, always have.  I just couldn’t imagine going back to having to ask for lifts everywhere or wait to use the car.  I like my freedom and being able to jump in the car whenever I like.  David now has a van for work so as having 3 vehicles in the driveway is a little excessive we probably will be going down to just 1 car sometime soon.

Weight gain,before pregnancy,during, after and now

I actually lost weight during my pregnancy, all of my excess weight just seemed to form my bump.  Once Connor was born and my stomach went back to it’s normal size I was probably the smallest I’ve been in years however, as always, I got greedy and now I’m back where I originally started if not heavier!

Dream holiday with your kids

I can’t wait to take Connor to Disney World in Florida.  I’ve been a few times and it’s just such a magical place, I can’t wait to share it with him and David.

Dream holiday without the kids

Is it really bad that I can’t imagine (and don’t want to imagine) a holiday without Connor?  I wouldn’t settle if he wasn’t with us and would probably spend the entire time Face timing him and annoying the life out of David by talking about him!

How has your life changes since having kids?

It’s completely different but so much better.  I never was a big party girl and now I rarely drink because the thought of a hangover with the whirlwind that is Connor just doesn’t bear thinking about.  I didn’t realise that you could love someone else so much, it’s crazy that he can drive me absolutely nuts but I can’t bear to be parted from him!

Finish this sentence ” my heart melts when..”

I see David and Connor playing together, they both have the same silly sense of humour so they always end up playing the daftest of games.

Where do you shop for your kids?

I shop pretty much everywhere and anywhere.  I love clothes from Zara but I feel like he out grows them really quickly as they come up quite small compared to other shops.  Connor has clothes from all over the place, as long as they look good and fit him I really don’t care what the label says.

Favourite makeup and skincare product?

I love my No 7 foundation – it’s great coverage, not greasy at all and reasonably priced!  My favourite skincare product is probably the Soap and Glory face wash I got in last years Christmas gift set – it’s amazing!

Huggies or Pampers ?

Pampers 100%  no other brand has come close for us.

Have you always wanted kids ?

Always.  Ever since I was a little girl I was always playing with dolls and pretending they were my babies.

Best part of being a mum ?

Watching him grow and learn new things, seeing how confident he is in new situations.  He makes me so proud every day and I can’t believe that we made such a gentle, loving, clever little man!

I’ve just realised in doing this that I have almost no pictures of me & Connor – note to self, make an effort to take more pictures of us both!

I’d love to hear from some other Mummy’s out there so I tag Kirsty from HonestK, Ashley from AVodkaKindaOfMom and anybody else who wants to take part, please tag me so I can see your answers – I’m nosy like that!

DinoM8 Indoor Play Area – Review

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So, on Monday we went to DinoM8 which is a new Jurassic themed soft play in Chapelhall, Airdrie.  As I have mentioned about a million times Connor is absolutely dinosaur daft so when I heard that this had opened I was desperate to take him. Chapelhall is about a 30 minute drive out of our way but it was totally worth it.

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On arrival you are greeted by the sight of absolutely massive Tyrannosaurus Rex & Brachiosaurus models, I don’t know if they are ‘life sized’ but they’re definitely huge.  As predicted Connor was fascinated by them & kept asking if he could ‘ride on T-Rexs’ back’ his only negative of the day was that the answer to that question was no!

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There is a separate part to the soft play for under 3’s but you can pay extra to have access to the whole place.  We paid £4.95 to let Connor have the run of the place which worked out well as there seemed to be a baby group (all under a year) in the under 3’s section & I was terrified that Connor was going to land on one of them!  Unusually for soft plays the baby/toddler bit looked pretty good; it had the usual ball pit and slides but there was also a variety of other activites.  A touch screen where you could pretend to play the drums/piano, do jigsaw or even answer maths problems, a small trampoline inside a perspex tube, large building blocks and a load of tunnels and climbing parts.

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DinoM8 is different to any soft play we’ve ever been to before as it’s quite interactive.  There is a large volcano that randomly rumbles and motion sensors throughout which let off sounds of roars and shrieks as you pass under them.  There is also a football pitch/basketball court which you have to climb a few floors to reach.  The shooting gallery is the part Connor loved best, thankfully he didn’t see the bumper cars of we would never have been allowed to leave!

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Throughout the whole place there are models of different dinosaurs, and the attention to detail is fantastic – even the bins are dinosaur eggs!   They offer kids parties and the Party Rooms are filled with ultraviolet lights and decorated with claw marks and ‘DANGER’ signs.  I think this will be a possibility for when Connor turns 3 in September.

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Connor definitely enjoyed his time at DinoM8, he’s been asking to go back to ‘Dinosaur Land’ ever since we got home.  After looking at their website I see that they offer a membership card which allows you to get 10% off unlimited entry & food and drink – I might just have to look in to that!  I have a funny feeling that this will be our soft play of choice from now on.

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V xx

 

 

 

 

Book Review – Oi Dog! Kes & Claire Gray & Jim Field

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Blurb

Frog is changing the rules… Dogs no longer sit on frogs. Phew! Dogs now sit on logs – and everyone else is going to have to sit somewhere different too.

Will cats want to sit on gnats?                                                                                              Will dragons like sitting on wagons?                                                                                       Will whales be happy to sit on nails?                                                                                        And, most importantly, where is Frog going to sit?

The hilarious sequel to the bestselling Oi Frog!

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What We Thought

I didn’t know what to expect of the sequel to ‘Oi Frog!’ especially since Connor loves the original so much but I needn’t have worried.  Oi Dog is the perfect second book, the stories tie together seamlessly and the ending is hilarious – I think I laughed harder than Connor the first time!  So now instead of having to constantly read 1 book, I now have to read both – Cheers Kes & Claire Gray!  I say that but actually I really don’t mind.  I don’t know that it’s possible to get sick of these books, especially not when I see how much they make Connor laugh, his wee face just lights up when I ask him what he wants to read & he replies “Oi Frog, Sit on the log!”.

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Yet again, the illustrations are spot on and the writing is as witty as ever – they even manage to rhyme with fajita?!  Then ending of this book is possibly my favourite ever – it was quite unexpected and I just found it hilarious.  I won’t go into any detail as I don’t want to spoil it but it’s definitely worth a read.  My thoughts on ‘Oi Dog!’ are almost exactly the same as my thoughts on ‘Oi Frog!’ the only difference being that I preferred the ending to book 2 but I think Connor loves them equally.  I was very pleased to hear that there is going to be a 3rd book in the series called, you might have guessed, ‘Oi Cat!’ where I’m told the Cat finally gets some feline justice.  It’s being published in September as far as I know so look out for a review of that nearer the time.

What books are your kids loving this week?

V xx

Kids Book Review – Oi Frog! Kes Gray & Jim Field

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Blurb

Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gophers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log!

From the award-winning Kes Gray and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field.  A hilarious rhyming tale about a frog who discovers that all animals have their special places to sit!

What We Thought

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“Oi Frog! Sit on a log!” 

I had seen a few posts on Instagram recommending this and when I saw it in our local library a few weeks ago I thought we would give it a shot, there’s not much left in there that we haven’t read!  The first night Connor made me read it twice he loved it so much and it was read every nap and bedtime until we had to return it.  Luckily the Easter Bunny must have known how much Connor liked it as he included it and the sequel ‘Oi Dog’ in his Easter basket.

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The illustrations are incredible; each page is bright and colourful and everything looks like what it’s meant to be – not like those books where the illustrator takes an ‘abstract view’ of what things should look like, if it’s meant to be a gopher, it looks like a gopher.  Connor pretty much knows it off my heart at this point which is no doubt helped by how clear the images are.

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The whole book rhymes and is very funny.  I love that the author used less common names for some animals, for example mules instead of donkeys and hares instead of rabbits (I know they’re slightly different but not in a 2 year olds’ mind).  All in all we absolutely adore this book and are pretty much still reading it at least once a day at this point.  Someone was kind enough to comment on my Instagram post about Oi Frog! to let me know that there was a sequel which I was unaware of so the Easter Bunny popped it into the Easter Basket for us to enjoy.

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I would highly recommend getting this for your child.  It’s not just for toddlers, I think older children would enjoy this too as the humor can be quite grown up in parts.  It’s become one of Connors favourites almost overnight  and luckily for me it doesn’t seem to get old, it’s still as funny the 75th time as it was the first.

I actually got Oi Frog! from Amazon as it was part of the 3 for £10 offer. You can get it here. The sequel Oi Dog is also included.

Have you read Oi Frog? Or have you any other recommendations for toddler friendly books, let me know!

V xx