Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Lonely Planet Kids Book Range

I was fortunate enough to recently receive a package of great books from the lovely people at Lonely Planet Kids.
The books in the range aim to inspire and encourage young readers to learn about the world they live in. 
My two younger daughters have had a great time learning about geography, nature, history, space, and more, and the books have provided them with hours of entertainment.


The 'Let's Explore' range contain colouring in pages, lots of stickers, and puzzles too. The books are aimed at children aged between 5-8 years old. 
The topics include: City, Jungle, Ocean, Desert and Mountain.

The My Holiday Scrapbook allows children to collect special mementos (including photos and postcards) from their holidays and store them in the pouch provided in the book. 

The new released title, Around The World Fashion Sketchbook, is a book which takes your young reader on a journey of style and fashion from many cultures across the globe. The book has plenty of space for your child to get creative and design their own outfits.
These are just a few of the extensive range of books on offer from Lonely Planet Kids.

All of the books in the Lonely Planet Kids range are very reasonably priced, and the books are shipped within a day or two of ordering. 

For further information on these books, head to:

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

 Children's Book Review: Bush And Beyond - Stories From The Country

This book is aimed at junior readers and features four different Indigenous stories - Bush Secrets, Yipee! Summer Holidays, Barlay!, and Lucky Thamu.
The tales share exciting, joyous and even frightening times discovering things in the bush and beyond. 
This book compliments other titles released previously through Fremantle Press: Cyclones And Shadows, and Eagle, Crow And Emu. It features black and white line drawings by illustrator Tracey Gibbs.
It has an RRP of $14.99 
For further information on this title, head here

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Beauty & Lace Book Club Review: The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester 

I adore Natasha Lester! Her writing style is exquisite. 
I've read all of her books, and even though historical fiction is not my favourite genre, Natasha's stories captivate me every time, making it a genre that I now have a greater interest in.

In The Paris Seamstress, the story begins with Estella Bissette, a young seamstress living in Paris with her mother in 1940. As the Germans advance, her mother arranges for Estella to leave France and head to Manhattan with nothing more than a suitcase, a sewing machine and the dream of owning her own atelier one day.
She meets a young man named Sam on the journey to America, and the two form a friendship, especially as Sam also shares a love of fashion, as he is a fabric cutter.
Upon arriving in Manhattan, Estella meets Janie, a stunning blonde model from Australia. The two live together and along with Sam, they plan to open their own fashion house.

The story then introduces us to Fabienne Bissette. The year is 2015, and Fabienne is an Australian curator who attends the Met Gala to witness an exhibition of her dearly beloved grandmother Estella's work. 
But as she finds out more about her grandmother's past, Fabienne discovers that Estella had to face many tribulations and make many sacrifices in her life.
The story unravels slowly, with the two main characters (Estella and Fabienne) sharing their stories in alternating chapters, spanning generations, until the reader discovers how things play out late in the story. 

I loved reading about the fashion industry, and both Estella and Fabienne were strong-willed and courageous women. 
I'd happily recommend this book to those with a love of fashion and historical fiction.
Thank you to Beauty & Lace and Hachette Australia for the opportunity to add this to my book collection.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Beauty & Lace Book Review: The Art Of Friendship by Lisa Ireland 

When 11 year-old Libby moves to Woodvale in Melbourne with her parents, she is nervous about what life will be like for her  now. Having left behind their farm, the Talbots are hoping to start afresh in the suburbs. When Libby meets Kit, a girl her age in the new neighbourhood, it isn't long before the two are firm friends.
Fast forward to the present day when the ladies are now approaching their 40th birthdays..
Libby lives in Sydney with her husband Cam, and is a stay-home mum to their teen son Harry, whilst Kit is single and still resides in Melbourne.
The two women are still close, despite the distance and the different roads they have travelled. Kit is Harry's godmother, and spends every Christmas with Libby and her family. The two women chat and email each other regularly too.
When Libby finds out that Cam has been promoted and they will be making the move back to Melbourne, both Libby and Kit are thrilled with the news.
But their friendship is put to the test when Libby finds herself making friends with Cam's colleague's wives, and trying to fit in with their rather posh lifestyle.
The book explores whether Libby and Kit's friendship can withstand the test of time, and explores their differences in detail.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I felt that the two main female characters were very real; each had their flaws and although I liked both of them, I admired Kit more as she remained true to herself and stood up for what she believed in. I felt she was more easy-going and had more integrity out of the two.
I enjoyed the sections in the book that shared their younger years; I actually would've liked more, but having said that, the story did flow well and I felt that the reader is able to gain a good understanding of Libby and Kit's friendship as it developed over the years. 
I liked how the book ended, it actually wasn't what I was expecting, and it seemed a realistic outcome.

I would gladly recommend this book as it was an enjoyable and easy read. Thanks to Beauty & Lace and Pan Macmillan for the opportunity to read and review!

To see my review on the Beauty & Lace website, head here 

The Art Of Friendship has an RRP of $29.99

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Children's Picture Book Review: The All New Must Have Orange 430 by Michael Speechley

Harvey is a young boy who owns a lot of stuff, and when he hears about the brand new Orange 430, he simply must have it! He manages to save up the bargain price of $5.35 and even though he doesn't quite know just what the Orange 430 does, he rushes out and buys it.
But it isn't long before he realises that the Orange 430 is pretty useless and so he tries to take it back to Mr Ripoff, the President of UOI (Useless Object International)...

This book has a brilliant message about the effect that wanting to have so many things has on the environment. It explores the topic in a very clever, original way. 
The illustrations are highly detailed and Michael Speechley is clearly talented as both an author and illustrator.

The All New Must Have Oange 430 is out now through Penguin Random House Australia and has an RRP of $24.99

Monday, 28 May 2018

Beautiful Board Books from Penguin Random House Australia

Peppa Throws A Boomerang

Peppa Pig has been on a trip to Australia and her friend, Kylie Kangaroo, gives her a goodbye gift - a boomerang!
Peppa has a lot of fun practising how to throw it, but can she make the boomerang come back to her?

RRP $9.99

Peppa Goes Surfing

Peppa is holidaying at Kylie Kangaroo's house with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and George. One day, they visit the beach and Kylie teaches Peppa how to surf.
Mummy and Daddy Pig join in on the fun in the sun, but poor George is too little to have a turn.
But George just may get to learn to surf after all!

RRP $9.99

Spot Goes To The Swimming Pool - Eric Hill

One day, Spot goes to the local pools for a swim with his mum. He is a bit hesitant to jump into the water, but with his mum's gentle coaxing, he is soon splashing about and having a great time with his friends.
This is a good book to read to those children that are learning to swim.

RRP $12.99

Peter Rabbit - Hello Peter by Beatrix Potter

This is a lovely little book to introduce very young children to the world of Peter Rabbit. 
Ideal as a bedtime story with its rhyming verse and stunning line artwork, Hello Peter is one that will delight!

RRP $9.99

Sleep Tight Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

This is an adorable lift-the-flap book that makes a perfect bedtime story. 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is hugely popular, with millions of copies sold in over 60 different languages!
He is back in this book which is set at night time as everyone gets ready to go to sleep. 

The young reader gets to lift the flap to see which animals are preparing for bed. Is the very hungry caterpillar settling down for the night too? You will have to read it to find out!

RRP $16.99

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Book Review: Unmasked by Turia Pitt & Bryce Corbett (YA Edition) 

In this YA edition of Turia's bestseller, Unmasked, Turia shares her story about the fire that left her with 65% burns to her body after she was caught in a grass fire whilst competing in a marathon. She also shares her journey of her remarkable recovery.

Turia offers some very helpful advice to her readers regarding self-esteem, confidence, and explores the benefits of having a positive mindset.
The story is interspersed with sections of viewpoints from family and friends, including Turia's husband, Michael.
I was interested to read about Turia's work with Interplast, a not-for-profit organisation, and all of her fundraising efforts. 

I remember watching Turia Pitt's story on 60 Minutes some years back and was so moved by her story.
I have been a follower of hers ever since. 

(Her Instagram posts are great; I love her sense of humour, honesty, and confidence. She is a real motivator!)

Unmasked is a truly inspirational read, and one I would highly recommend to both young and older readers alike.

Unmasked (YA Edition) is out now through Penguin Random House Australia, and has an RRP of $17.99
For further information on this title, head here
You can also follow Turia on Instagram here