Friday, 12 January 2018

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid - The Getaway by Jeff Kinney 

This is book number 12 in the hugely popular Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series!
In The Getaway, Greg Heffley goes on a tropical island holiday resort with his family, as they all feel they can benefit from some chill out time.
However, it isn't long before they realise that this holiday isn't all that they had hoped it would be.
Stomach issues, sunburn, and venemous critters all put a dampener on their getaway. But will the Heffley's be able to enjoy their time away, or will it all end in disaster?

Released late last year through Penguin Random House Australia, The Getaway has an RRP of $14.99 and I am sure that there will be plenty of young readers reading this one these school holidays (including one of my daughters!)
For further information on this title, head here

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Book Review: Mercy Street by Tess Evans 

I was wanting a chase of pace from the last few books I'd read, and after seeing a recommendation about Mercy Street, it sounded like just what I was after.

George is a man in his seventies who lives alone after the death of his wife Penny a few years earlier.
He has no children, and although his sister Shirl visits him frequently, his days are quite uneventful.
He has a best mate named Redgum, who he catches up with at the pub over a few beers, but for the most part, George is quite lonely.
One Christmas Eve, George gets mugged by a group of young hooligans, and 19-year-old unemployed, single mother, Angie, comes to his rescue.

A short time later, Angie asks George if he can babysit her 5 year-old daughter Aurora Jane (Rory). At first, George is hesitant, but he feels like he owes Angie, so he looks after Rory.
It becomes a regular thing, and George looks forward to their time together. 
When Angie takes off on the back of a motorbike with her latest of bad choices in men, George is left to look after Rory. 
With the help of Shirl, Redgum, neighbours Mr & Mrs Nguyen, and Angie's friend, Bree, George manages to provide the stability and care that Rory needs.
But when an unexpected turn of events occurs, it could see George lose Rory for good..

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The cast of characters were so real, and I felt as though I was living alongside them in this book. 
It is a heart-warming story that I would highly recommend. 

Friday, 29 December 2017

Disney Pixar Coco Sticker Book & Essential Guide. 

School holidays are here, and we always enjoy taking our kids along to see at least one movie at the cinemas. There are lots of great animated films out at the moment, including Coco. Have you seen it yet?

Coco is one of the latest Disney Pixar releases, and DK have released these two great books based on the movie.
The first is the Ultimate Sticker Book, which includes over 100 stickers, and includes captions that the reader can match the sticker to. 
This is an 8 page book, so I'd recommend it as a handy book to give your child when travelling to keep them entertained for a short period of time.
The book is available now, and has an RRP of $9.99

The Essntial Guide is a hard-cover book with many colourful animated scenes and explains all of the characters from Coco including the Rivera family, Miguel, Abuelita, and Mama Coco. 
A quiz is also included, as well as interesting facts and true or false statements. 
This is a must have book for any Coco fan!
The book is available now through DK Books, and has an RRP of $16.99 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Children's Chapter Book Review: Laugh Your Head Off Again And Again, featuring 9 Aussie authors!

This hard-backed chapter book features 9 Australian authors:
Andy Griffiths
John Marsden
R.A Spratt
Alex Ratt (pseudonym for Frances Watts)
Tristan Bancks, 
Deb Abela, 
Tony Wilson, 
Alan Brough and Meredith Costain. 

Each author tells a funny short story that will have your child laughing out loud! 
From a famous dancing dog, to a Halloween chicken, to a running race like none you have ever read about, these quirky tales are sure to delight!
The book is suitable for both girls and boys in middle to upper years of primary school. 

My 10-year-old daughter liked that the book can be read in any order.

Laugh Your Head Off Again And Again is available now through Pan Macmillan Australia, and has an RRP of $19.99
For further information on this title, head here

Monday, 11 December 2017

Giveaway: Win A Copy Of Stinky Street Stories and Stinky Street Stories 2!!

This will be my final giveaway for the year, and it is a great one!!
With thanks to the very generous people over at Pan Macmillan Australia, I have THREE sets of books to give away to three separate winners!
Each set includes a copy of Stinky Street Stories and Stinky Street Stories 2 (RRP $14.99 each)


These books are very funny, and are ideal for both boys and girls aged between 7-10 years old. 
Join Brian (or has he prefers to be known as - Brain!), and his best mate Nerf as they encounter many stinky, pongy, hilarious encounters!
These books would be perfect to give to your junior reader this Christmas!
So, how can you win?

To enter, you must be a follower of my blog (either by liking my Facebook page/twitter/Instagram, or following via email or bloglovin' - I don't mind which one you opt for but you must do at least one please), and simply leave a comment here (or on the Facebook or Instagram competition posts) telling me who you would like to win this set of books for and why. 

Three separate winners will be selected - the most creative/original answers will win, so get entering, and please include your email with your answer so I can contact you if you're one of the lucky winners!

All steps MUST be completed in order for your entry to be valid. 

1. This giveaway is open to residents of Australia only. 
2. Giveaway closes on 16th December 16th 2017, 9 pm. Winner/s will be contacted via email within 24 hours. Failure to receive a response from the winner/s will mean the prize is forfeited and a new winner/s  will be chosen.
3. Winner will be selected on a basis of skill, not chance - the most creative and/or interesting answer deemed by the judge/s wins. 
4. The prize is not redeemable for cash.
5. In  The Good Books blog will not be responsible for items that go missing through Australia Post postal services.
6. This promotion is not associated or endorsed by Facebook.
7. Those who 'unlike' or 'unfollow' after the giveaway ends will be disqualified from entering future giveaways.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Book Review: Explanatorium Of Nature by DK Books 

If you know of someone, or perhaps even you yourself, that is inquisitive about how animals do the things they do, and how nature works, then this is the book to check out!
The topics covered in this book include:
- Microorganisms & Fungi
- Plants
- Inverterbrates
- Fish
- Amphibians
- Reptiles
- Birds
- Mammals
- Habitats

It is packed full of facts and information, with detailed diagrams and stunning photographs on every page. 
It is a fantastic book that explains everything from how animal eggs develop and hatch, to how snakes eat, how ducks swim, and how chameleons change colour. 
With over 350 pages of information, this book is bound to provide many hours of entertainment and knowledge as you discover the who's, what's and why's of nature. 

Explanatorium Of Nature is out now through DK Books, and has an RRP of $45.
For further information on this title, head here 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Best Ever Baking Book by Jane Bull

My daughters love to help out when I am baking in the kitchen, so they were pretty happy when I received this recipe book!

The recipes are set out in a easy-to-follow step-by-step format. There is a section that lists what equipment will be needed, including pictures. The ingredient list also has pictures included, making it easy for young bakers to recognise the ingredients (especially helpful for those too young to read the ingredient list).

The recipes include variations, with tips on storage and other cooking handy hints.
Some of the recipes include: muffins, cakes and bread.
The Best Ever Baking Book is ideal for young bakers aged 5 - 10 years old.

It is available now through DK Books.
For further info, head here