The cover on this comic is bright and engaging. In this edition, MediKidz take ViJay on a journey through Mediland, a planet in the shape of the humanThe cover on this comic is bright and engaging. In this edition, MediKidz take ViJay on a journey through Mediland, a planet in the shape of the human body, to understand what Swine Flu is so that he can pass the information on to his sister Jasmine, who has the virus.
I found this informative and helpful. It's packed full of information on how Swine Flu gets into your body, how your body reacts to the virus and what steps you can take to prevent the virus from spreading. We don't see as much from Gastro this time round, so it doesn't have as much humour in as previous issues we've reviewed, but is more focused on explaining exactly what Swine Flue is, which is very helpful. Shaun liked the Medi-Jet and when the Medikidz took ViJay on board to begin his journey.
This is a fantastic comic to help explain Swine Flu, which I found helpful, although Shaun didn't seem to be able to tell me in his own words after reading this what he thought Swine Flu was, so for him it would need more than a couple of readings to truly understand the concept (which is bizarre, as he's had no difficulty with the others so far!) ...more
The cover on this is very bright and eye catching. Medikidz explain Food Allergy by traveling around Mediland, a planet shaped like a body. This particThe cover on this is very bright and eye catching. Medikidz explain Food Allergy by traveling around Mediland, a planet shaped like a body. This particular comic has Paulina and her friend traveling with the Medikidz to find out how and why Paulina's body reacts as it when she accidentally eats something with peanuts in. The comic is packed with information, in a fun and interesting way readers are told how adrenaline is used and introduced to Anna Phylaxis, the towering purple coated character on the cover.
Shaun could still be heard giggling following Gastro's antics, and he came away feeling he knew more about Food Allergy. Our youngest has a reaction to dairy, so this made for an interesting and helpful read as a parent. The information is given in a fun and down to earth way at a level children can understand and identify with. Shaun's favorite piece in this was when the secret army (immune system) came into the comic to help rid the body of unwanted germs....more
The cover on this is really bright and the bottle illustration is glossier than the rest of the cover, giving the bottle a real sense of glass.
The stoThe cover on this is really bright and the bottle illustration is glossier than the rest of the cover, giving the bottle a real sense of glass.
The story is about a girl who experiences loss of a loved one. She takes her heart and places it in a bottle so it can't be harmed again. I wince as I write this. This was a hard concept for both me and the older reviewer, Shaun, to accept. I get that the author is trying to show the pain bereavement causes, it's just that in this instance I feel it's not done in an open way. A chair is empty and signifies the loss, but we don't know the person...and it just felt odd and incomplete to me. It does show how we can detach from ourselves and get on with life, even though things have changed, and eventually we accept and move on. Looking back on loss for a child is different than looking back as an adult though, so our youngest reviewer didn't mind this part of the book, and accepted the book as it was without further explanation needed, which surprised me.
The Heart and the Bottle is bright, and colourful in many ways, something which may not ordinarily go hand in hand with loss, but this book does. All the illustrations are beautiful, and the wonderment and curiosity shown by the girl is lovely and heart touching. It is also available as an iPad app...more
Title: Trixie The Witch’s Cat Author: Nick Butterworth Publisher: Puffin Published: October 2010 ISBN: 9780 141326801
The cover on this is a funTitle: Trixie The Witch’s Cat Author: Nick Butterworth Publisher: Puffin Published: October 2010 ISBN: 9780 141326801
The cover on this is a fun one which ties in well with the book, with Trixie waving as she sits on the back of her owner’s broomstick. This book is a must for black cat fans and those who are looking for a special book around Halloween time.
Trixie is convinced she’s not a proper witch’s cat, as she has one white paw which sets her apart from all the other black cats. Trixie embarks on mischief and fun to try and make herself a cat fit for a witch….mayhem and paint are involved!
The illustrations within this are brilliant, colourful and appear on both pages. How far should Trixie go to make herself into a completely black cat….and will she like the consequences of her new look?
Our 5 year old loves the storyline in this, and enjoys predicting what is about to happen.
Trixie has a fairly simple message which is told in a fun and engaging way. Being different is a good thing, and making yourself the same as everyone else is not fun.
Source – Many thanks to Puffin, a copy of the book was received in return for an honest review. ...more
Feedback from Shaun: My favourite character is Skinderella, she can turn into a skeleton and she helps with the skin and bones - she is a skin and boneFeedback from Shaun: My favourite character is Skinderella, she can turn into a skeleton and she helps with the skin and bones - she is a skin and bones specialist. She has a funny name though! This is about superheros who help children with asthma, and is told in a child friendly way. I enjoyed the characters.
The comic is extremely colourful and eye catching throughout. Readers can identify with the superheroes easily. Shaun was in fits of giggles most of the way through reading this because of Gastro's antics and bodily functions, which should appeal to most children! The characters are fun and enable readers to be light heartened whilst giving them a serious message about asthma and the way it effects those with it.
The information within it's pages are well researched and set out in a way that's more acceptable for children to understand and learn from. ...more
The cover on this is stunning, full technicolour illustrations that lend themselves so well to the forests where the book is set, and to the sweet stoThe cover on this is stunning, full technicolour illustrations that lend themselves so well to the forests where the book is set, and to the sweet story.
Mubu is a 6 year old girl who knows the forests where she lives like the back of her hand. Her grandfather is the local medicine man, collecting herbs for the neighbors and helping injured animals recover and Mubu is his helper caring for the animals. Her grandfather comes home with an injured baby gibbon which Mubu looks after. The story is really sweet, and also encourages children to take the environment seriously, and how to respect animals in their natural environment.
All of the illustrations are bright and welcoming, and imparts a huge sense of joy and wonder for the readers.
Towards the end of the book there is a message from Lek, the lady whom Mubu is based on. Lek grew up in the mountains of Northern Thailand living close to nature and caring for animals from a young age. She now runs an Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand. Also at the back of the book is further information on the species of gibbons, and details of Lek's childhood. It compares western world with Lek's world, and for us, provoked a discussion on the differences between countries and how we live.
This truly is a fantastic book. All of the illustrations are eye catching and vibrant. The storyline is really sweet and captivating. This was a book Harry requested over and over, as he loves all the pictures (and couldn't choose his favourite). Both Shaun and Harry agree on two points - they both love all the illustrations, and their favourite part of the story is when Mubu allows Mu-Mu into her room, breaking one of the rules her grandfather had set.
If your child loves nature and wildlife then this book is a great read. There's so much within it's pages that I think there's something for everyone to enjoy, from the illustrations, facts, and fantastic story, to the characters within the book. ...more
This is also on my review blog, Clover Hill Book Reviews.
I have to be honest about the cover on this - the Amazon picture on the left really doesn't dThis is also on my review blog, Clover Hill Book Reviews.
I have to be honest about the cover on this - the Amazon picture on the left really doesn't do it justice at all. The colour of the hard backed cover of the case is an antique yellow, with very intricate and eye catching illustrations on both sides, and mini illustrations of a couple of the storytelling cards on the middle of the cover. This review is for the starter storytelling pack. Additional Storyworld cards are available, (reviews to follow on a couple).
This was a pure delight to open. Both of the Young Reviewers were in awe from the moment they opened the package, which is always a fantastic start! The top opens like a book; the first half contains a book within it's dvd type cardboard holder, whilst the bottom half contains the 40 gorgeous Storyworld cards. This is a total work of art from start to finish, and is exceptionally well presented.
The idea behind this is so simple, and very worthwhile. Beautifully illustrated cards are used as prompts to aid in storytelling. The included storytelling book details how the 40 cards could be used, along with more in depth ideas for each of them. On the reverse of each card is a brief description, along with three questions to help storytellers to use them as an aid in their stories. Each card is stunning. That's the only word that describes them for me.
The cards have enough detail to help even the most shyest storyteller want to have a go. I can say this confidently as a parent. Our youngest reviewer who's 4, loves stories. He loves listening to them and preempting what is coming - as long as he knows the story. Since these arrived, every night he's not just wanted stories. He's wanted to *make* stories and rushes upstairs in anticipation of it! I love it. Whilst I'm not suggesting all children will behave in this way, Storyworld is becoming a fantastic part of our evening, and has brought everything from fairies to knights and rainbows into our childrens imagination and storytelling. It's giving them the confidence to think about how a story is made up, to learn from each other, and to share, whilst encouraging them to expand on their skills.
I haven't used the book that came with the cards much at the moment, I didn't want to be too rigid. It's worked well so far and the cards are so detailed we've all found a new story to tell (and yes, us adults take part too each evening). For usability these are great. As a parent I always look for value for money in things we use regularly...this has by far exceeded my expectations, and there's a lot more stories to come yet!
In summary, this is truly stunning, with beautiful illustrations on each and every of the 40 tell your own story cards, presented in a book presentation format and ready to use, alongside a storytelling book. Storyworld provides the inspiration. The only thing needed is a tiny bit of imagination and you're away.
A few words from Harry, 4: I like all of it!
A few words from Shaun, 8: Very, very, very good. I like being able to make up my own stories using the cards. ...more
This almost A4 sized book has a very colourful cover, the illustrations show you the wide time lines which this book covers.
The stories within the paThis almost A4 sized book has a very colourful cover, the illustrations show you the wide time lines which this book covers.
The stories within the pages are detailed enough for readers with no knowledge of the non fictional characters or stories to come away with knowledge of both their history, and a solution to the question posed in each of their stories. We liked the way in which this drew us in as readers, each story starts with why it is considered a mystery, and then puts together a complete picture of the methods and people involved in solving the mysteries. In some cases it leaves you with another unsolved mystery at the end of the story, which encouraged more discussion between us before moving on to the next one.
As an adult reader I've come away with more of an insight into various time periods in history, as well as a lot of things I didn't know but found intriguing to read about. For our eldest reviewer, aged 8, this encouraged him to think about history and how science has solved otherwise unsolvable mysteries. Many of these Shaun found fascinating, and came up with his own theories as to what had happened in some stories, before reading what results science uncovered. Eg, one story asks what happened to Sir John Franklin whilst he was on expedition. Shaun's theory was that a Yeti captured them and buried them, as some of his crew members were found in a mummified frozen state....in this case Shaun was proved incorrect, but it was a fun thought!
Overall, this is a great book for children around the ages of 8-12 to get interested in both science and unsolved mysteries, as well as history. The illustrations are brilliant, and the storyline captivating and interesting. As an adult I enjoyed it also.
This gains two thumbs up from Shaun, aged 8. His favourite story from this is the first one, Hatshepsut, the first female Egyptian pharaoh who disappeared without a trace. ...more