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Bobby & Morph by R.E. Fisher [BOOK REVIEW]

★★★

I am so grateful that I have won a giveaway and received Bobby & Morph by R.E. Fisher, illustrated by Bryony James. This book is so heartwarming and beautiful, and every child should be able to read it and become friends with Bobby and Morph.

My Thoughts:

Bobby & Morph is a collection of ten stories for children, all featuring the dogs Bobby and Morph as they go on their adventures and learn valuable lessons along the way. With a total of 104 pages, and each story around 10 pages each, with beautiful illustrations, the stories can be divided and read for a longer period of time, never becoming boring!

I loved the friendship Bobby and Morph share, and how they always stick together and learn new things. The illustrations are so precious too, perfectly representing the beautiful moments and adventures these two dogs find themselves into. The stories also have parts where there is a poem that rhymes, and the whole book follows a funny tone, with beautiful and simplistic writing.

“The owls taught him a lesson, the only one you’ll need,
that the power of friendship overcomes greed.”

With them, the children reading this will learn about kindness and the importance of being polite. To help people in need and say please and thank you. When they meet Sonny, they will teach us that it’s very important to be yourself, and the right people will come your way.

In the story where they find a new toy, we come across a familiar situation that I believe most of the parents and children can relate to. Through this story Bobby and Morph play together with the new toy and are able to share it between themselves. But one day, Morph accidentally broke Bobby’s toy. And he was so afraid to tell Bobby, because he was afraid that he will lose him as a friend. But he was brave and honest, and told Bobby the truth and apologised. And Bobby forgave him. But Bobby also expressed himself that he still feels sad because he lost his toy.

And I can’t express enough how great I believe this lesson is for children. Because we know it was an accident and Bobby should forgive Morph, which he does. But he is also allowed to express his feelings of loss, and be able to grieve for his toy. This is how we learn emotional intelligence and learn to cope with bigger losses later in life.

I can recall many of the lessons we learn, like the importance of keeping the house tidy, and the importance of sleep and listening to our parents when they tell us it’s time for bed. And the beauty of all these lessons is that Bobby & Morph find these lessons by themselves, rather than someone telling them what’s right and what’s wrong.

I cannot recommend this book enough! If you are looking for the perfect Christmas present for a child, this is definitely the one you need to get. With many stories and many lessons, it is very educational and will keep the child occupied for a long time. And the illustrations are also adorable, and you will also enjoy reading the book alongside the children.

Get the full collection of 10 stories from Bobby & Morph’s official Etsy shop – HERE.

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A Knight Before Christmas by Ric Lumb [BOOK REVIEW]

A Knight Before Christmas by Ric Lumb [BOOK REVIEW]

★★★

I was very lucky and won A Knight Before Christmas by Ric Lumb through a Twitter giveaway. As soon as the book arrived, alongside with 5 cute illustrated pins, I couldn’t resist and opened it immediately.

My Thoughts:

A Knight Before Christmas is a truly beautiful Christmas story. Even though the main story is about Christmas, it also has a medieval England element to it. Santa comes across a dragon that keeps eating the presents, and is in a help of a Knight, in order to save Christmas. The dragon, the knight, the king and queen and the jester made the story much more interesting and brought adventure to it. I loved how this was combined with Santa and Christmas and elves, and it turned out great! I am sure your little ones will enjoy it a lot!

The illustrations inside are very interesting, with simplistic features of the characters, thick lines and bright colours, which makes it appealing for children and catches their attention.

The text itself is quite easy to read, and rhymes well. I would recommend reading it aloud to a child, or if they are big enough, prompting them to read the book aloud, so they can fully enjoy the rhymes and how it sounds when narrated. The only small critique I had was regarding the grammar. There were many instances where a full stop was missing at the end of the sentence, when quotation marks were used.

The Knight Before Christmas is a beautiful children’s Christmas book, and I truly recommend it!

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Precious and the Zebra Necklace by Alexander McCall Smith

Precious and the Zebra Necklace by Alexander McCall Smith [BOOK REVIEW]

★★★

Precious and the Zebra Necklace is the fourth book in the Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Cases series. However, it can be easily read as a standalone. We enter a world of the young 9-year-old Precious Ramotswe, before she becomes the detective that we know and love. I really enjoyed this book, and as all of Alexander McCall Smith’s books, it left a warm feeling in my soul after I finished it.

Synopsis:

At the age of 9, Precious has already solved a few cases, but this new one is very intriguing. A new girl arrives at school and sits next to Precious. Before the end of the day, they become best friends. Just like her, Nancy has no mother. All she has left of her mother is a beautiful Zebra necklace and a photo. This is where their adventure starts, as Precious starts investigating. They try to find a remote village, but instead end up lost in the jungle, and danger starts to loom.

My Thoughts of Precious and the Zebra Necklace:

I listened to the audiobook and it was a short, but very exciting experience. I have recently found that I do love listening to audiobooks, and really enjoy them. But they have to fall into a specific genre, and I think this book matched that part. Even though I couldn’t see the illustrations, the narrator let me into this amazing world and it felt as if I was there, together with Precious and Nancy, solving the mystery. The writing was beautiful, but I didn’t expect anything less from Alexander McCall Smith anyways. I love the original Mrs Ramotswe books, and this one fit perfectly into the whole atmosphere.

Precious and the Zebra Necklace by Alexander McCall Smith is definitely a book I’d recommend!

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The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling [BOOK REVIEW]

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling [BOOK REVIEW]

★★★★

When I found out that J.K. Rowling is writing a story for children during lockdown, I didn’t really care. But they were releasing a new chapter each week, and I decided to give it a try and read the first few chapters. Maybe it was the beginning of The Ickabog, or perhaps it was J.K. Rowling’s writing that reminded me of my first time reading Harry Potter. Whatever it was, it hooked me to this story, and I kept coming back for more.

Synopsis:

Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom called Cornucopia, as rich in happiness as it was in gold, and famous for its food. From the delicate cream cheeses of Kurdsburg to the Hopes-of-Heaven pastries of Chouxville, each was so delicious that people wept with joy as they ate them.

But even in this happy kingdom, a monster lurks. Legend tells of a fearsome creature living far to the north in the Marshlands… the Ickabog. Some say it breathes fire, spits poison, and roars through the mist as it carries off wayward sheep and children alike. Some say it’s just a myth…

And when that myth takes on a life of its own, casting a shadow over the kingdom, two children — best friends Bert and Daisy — embark on a great adventure to untangle the truth and find out where the real monster lies, bringing hope and happiness to Cornucopia once more.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed The Ickabog. It is very descriptive and full of adventure, from the very first start. From the first chapters, I immediately warmed up to Bert and Daisy, and their everyday lives. I also loved the scenes inside the castle, with the kind and guards.

The world building was amazing, the Kingdom and the Marshlands were so vividly explained, it’s no wonder so many children were inspired to draw them and share those drawings. The intriguing plot twists and backstabbing scenes left me pleasantly surprised as well. What I loved the most, though, was the story about the legend of The Ickabog. This mysterious monster that everyone in the Kingdom fears. The terror that people feel as soon as its name is mentioned.

This story is obviously targeted for the young readers. And for what it is, this book does deliver. There are plenty of adventures, battles between good and evil, scenes that will prompt a discussion with the children and an ending that has a lesson to teach. I recommend it to every child that loves reading about adventures and foreign kingdoms.

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The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend [BOOK REVIEW]

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend book review hachette childrens book children adventure diaryofdifference

The Trials of Morrigan Crow was such an amazing experience for me, that brought back a lot of childhood memories, especially my curiosity for reading. 

Morrigan is our main character, and she is cursed, because she is born on Eventide. All cursed children like her, are going to die on Eventide, on their 11th birthday. Before Eventide happens and Morrigan turns 11, we get to meet her and find out more about her story. There is nothing too special about her, apart from the fact that her father is the mayor of the town. Also, Morrigan seems to cause bad luck for people. One kid lost his spelling bee contest, only because she wished him good luck. Another person had a heart attack, after meeting her on the street. People are convinced that she has a bad omen, only because of the day she is born.

When Eventide comes, on the eve, Morrigan is rescued by a strange man called Jupiter North, who takes her away just as her death ticks forward. The close escape against time brings Morrigan to the world of Nevermoor, and this is where things start to become exciting. 

In Nevermoor, everything is different and unique, not to say – magical.

The world is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, or read about. To me, it felt like a perfect mixture of Peter Pan’s Neverland and Disney’s Fantasia, alongside Mary Poppins (perhaps because of the magical umbrellas). 

Jupiter advises Morrigan that she is entering a trial, which if she passes would ensure her a spot at The Wundrous Society. This is Nevermoor’s most elite society and those who are lucky enough to be members earn respect in the society and have a celebrity-like status. Each member receives a golden “W” pin to wear with pride and be recognised in society. 

When the trials begin, Morrigan realises that she needs to have a knack, a sort of super power that is unique in order to be chosen. But she doesn’t think she is special. In fact, she thinks that spreading bad luck is her speciality, considering her past. The journey of discovering Morrigan’s knack is magical and truly an unique experience, that I wish I would forget about so I could read that part again and experience it in the same way again. 

I loved The Trials of Morrigan Crow, and I am sure you will too.

I wish this book was there for me when I was a child, because I would have cherished it like I cherish the Harry Potter and Narnia series. If you have children and they haven’t read it yet, I double-recommend it – for both yourself and your child/children. It is a gem, and it is no wonder it’s receiving so much love and hype.

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