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Blog Blitz: Children’s Book: Five Minutes, Alfie

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog blitz for the children’s picture book Five Minutes, Alfie by Lily Mae Walters. This is a fun children’s book that will wake the kids up!  There is also a giveaway going on for a paperback copy of the book (UK Only).

Book Description:

Alfie snuggles down in bed,
dreams still in his little head.

He dreams he’s a king going out for a ride.
“A dragon sleeps in front of the gate,” they cried.

How will they succeed in waking him up?
By helping each other and lots of luck.

Five Minutes, Alfie
Author: Lily Mae Walters

Illustrator: Jack Foster
Published: February 14, 2020
60 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Date Read: March 19, 2020

Jessica’s Review:

Five Minutes, Alfie is a fun read for young children that has colorful pictures. This is a children’s book to NOT read when you are trying to get the kids to go to sleep as they may become excited about the story and want to know what is going to happen at the end. I have to say the book has a dragon in it as well which makes it even more exciting! What kid doesn’t like having a story with dragons?!?!?

At the beginning of the book Alfie’s mom is trying to get him up for the day, but he just needs  a few more minutes to finish his dream, after-all,  he is a king!  The problem Alfie’s kingdom is facing is this: there is a huge sleeping dragon outside the castle and no matter what the people do, they can’t wake it up! This story will have the kids in anticipation if the people will  be able to get the dragon awake and what will happens when it wakes up?!?!?!

Five Minutes, Alfie rhymes which makes it fun to read aloud.  The CGI pictures are bright, colorful, and definitely add to the enjoyment of the story.  This book will keep the kids wide awake and ready for their next adventure! 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also star in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.

Contact Lily Mae:
 Instagram @lilymaewalters
Twitter: @LilyMaeWalters1

**UK Giveaway**

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box above.   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.

50 Real Heroes for Boys

50 Real Heroes for Boys: True Stories of Courage, Integrity, Kindness, Empathy, Compassion, and More!
Author: Christy Monson

Narrator: Johan Twiss
Published: September 1, 2019
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 2-5, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

50 Real Heroes for Boys teaches young boys everywhere that being a man only requires being yourself–but your best self. Bright, colorful portraits by over a dozen international artists accompany true stories of men who knew that character–things like integrity, kindness, empathy, courage, respect for women, and more–mixed with their own unique gifts–art, athletics, creativity, dance, music, curiosity, and more–could make the world a better place. Readers will find Jackie Robinson, who used courage to break barriers in sports; Jim Henson, who used humor to uplift the lives of millions; Dav Pilkey, who used perseverance to push through dyslexia and become one of the word’s most successful children’s book authors; and many more! The book also includes dozens of stories of women like Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jane Goodall, because boys can have women heroes too! Written by marriage and family therapist Christy Monson, 50 Real Heroes for Boys reminds boys everywhere what true masculinity is all about.

Jessica’s Review:

Though aimed for boys, this children’s picture book would be suitable for girls as well.  The heroes mentioned include:

  1. Men and women
  2. Well known and not so well known figures
  3. Main-stream and historical figures
  4. National and international figures

Everyone would learn something from this book.  Each figure has at least one ‘special power’ that is unique to them and their situation they went through to become a real hero.  There is also a section for each hero that lets kids think about how they can be a hero and do what the mentioned person accomplished. 

I received an audible copy from the narrator Johan Twiss to review.  Please note when you buy an audible copy you will also be sent a PDF so you can listen to and also follow along reading!  Together the audio version and book are a perfect combination!  There is music that goes along with the narration and most of it had a Marvel/superhero feel to it.  There was also music to go along with the mentioned figure’s time period or where they are from. This audiobook was pure entertainment, yet also educational for everyone! 

This was a highly enjoyable children’s book that I would say is for everyone and all will learn something from in!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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Blog Tour: Daisy Daydream The Nursery Rhyme Bus

Today I am part of the Blog Tour for Sue Wickstead’s children’s picture book Daisy Daydream The Nursery Rhyme Bus! I am sharing my 5 star review. For those of you in the UK there is also a giveaway going on!

Book Description:

Daisy was a happy red bus who loved travelling the busy streets of London. When newer and shinier buses came along, the older buses like Daisy began to disappear.

Would Daisy become one of the forgotten buses, or was something else planned for her?

Author: Sue Wickstead
Published: September 30, 2018

40 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: September 2, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Similar to the Jay-Jay children’s books, Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus is also based off of a real bus. Daisy was a red bus and those buses started being replaced with more modern buses.  Daisy was worried what was going to happen to her. She did not want to become a forgotten bus!  That was not to be her fate as her driver and conductor took care of her and gave her a new life like Jay-Jay! Jay-Jay even makes a welcome appearance.

Daisy’s new name and paint job made her even more special, as they consist of nursery rhymes.  I hope Daisy and Jay-Jay appear together in future books!  If your kids have read and enjoyed Jay-Jay, be sure to introduce them to Daisy!  They will surely enjoy all of Wickstead’s children’s books.

As with Jay-Jay books, the illustrations are bright, lively, and definitely add to the story. I wish there had been children’s buses like these in the USA when I was a kid.   It seems like the kids really enjoyed these buses!

There are pictures of the real “Daisy” ( Bus JJK261) at the end of the book. If you have small kids, be sure to introduce them to Sue Wickstead’s books as they will surely enjoy them!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Waterstones
WHSmith
Foyles
Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

I am a teacher and an author and have currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.

For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.

I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. I decided to write a fictional tale about the bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.

‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original bus and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continued.

This story has now been followed by five more picture books.

I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share the story. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.

The story has been read in many schools in the south-East of England, where I teach as a cover teacher, it is always well received and certainly different.

Contact Sue:
Website
Twitter @JayJayBus
Instagram @jayjaybusbooks

**UK Only Giveaway**

Win 1  Paperback copy of Daisy Daydreams Bus Rhymes and Joke book

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box above.  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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