Botanicum

BookImages2Welcome to Book Monster’s stop on the Botanicum blog tour, and I’m incredibly excited to review this glorious book and welcome illustrator Katie Scott here for a Q&A, I know! How great is that? So climb aboard the blog train, it’s a happy day!!

Botanicum is curated by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis, published by Big Picture Press in association with Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Cogheart – Kid Lit Readers

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So, my final review for my A-Blog-Day-Holiday. It’s been fun! It’s been a challenge. It’s helped me get down an extensive blog pile! This isn’t the end however, there are exciting blog things to come, so watch this space for those!

So, my chosen, final holiday blog. This book was chosen as our read for this month’s @KidLitReaders over on Twitter (monthly online kid lit book group, check us out).

It is Cogheart by Peter Bunzl and published by Usborne.

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Kickstarter Joys

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This is a quick post, an intermission I suppose, as it’s not an ordinary book review.

This is about Kickstarter. I’ve back a few projects on Kickstarter over the years, it’s a brilliant way of supporting local, and not so local, individuals and organisations to get their projects off the ground. Projects generally offer various rewards and incentives depending on how much you pledge, which can be as little as £1 up to many many £s! There are levels to suit every budget, and it really all makes a difference.

From a Book Monster’s point of view, there are tons and tons of book themed projects on Kickstarter waiting to be backed by you. I’m going to look at just two of them today.

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The Building Boy

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Around this time last year, I sat in the back office of the library where I work, with a friend reading a rather remarkable book, which I promptly shared with her, and then gradually the rest of the library staff, family and most customers!! Yes, I loved it that much! The book was The Bear and the Piano, written and illustrated by David Litchfield. Since then, it has been nominated for our very own Sheffield Children’s Book Award.

A few months later, for our online book group @KidLitReaders, we read Perijee and Me written by Ross Montgomery, with cover illustration by David Litchfield. This book was universally enjoyed by the group, a delightful and special story.

So, to get the to point, the joining together of these two marvels of illustration and storytelling is a very exciting thing! On release day I rushed out and grabbed a copy of The Building Boy, written by Ross Montgomery, illustrated by David Litchfield and published by Faber and Faber ltd.

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Smart about Wild Animals.

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So, back to what I promised, and that is some more glorious non-fiction for you! I’m a little late to the party with these two books, but I do think they are completely worth the wait. Flying Eye books are a publisher who have a certain style to their work. Their publications scream quality, with a distinctive retro styling that I have always really rather loved.

Their non-fiction books are eye catching and appealing for children with a look that begs to be read. I’m going to look at two of Flying Eye’s recent animal themed releases today.

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Speechless.

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I’ve covered wordless picture books on Book Monsters before in my blog post:
– There are no words …

This was my first dive into the world of wordless books, and something I was a little tentative about. However, I’m coming across more and more of these books at the library and they are taking Twitter by storm. My first twitter post announcing the arrival of the three books I’m going to look at today is probably one of my most shared book related tweets ever! It sparked a huge amount of interest and discussion. Teachers and library staff are recognising the value of books without words, and actually, so am I!

So here are another three fantastic examples!

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For Nostalgia’s Sake

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In a lot of respects, other than it being pertinent to my job, I blog about children’s books because they are nostalgic to me. Books were a huge part of my childhood, they made a reader of me. Some of my fondest memories are of my favourite books. One day I’ll do a blog post to share some of those with you.

It seems however, that we’re witnessing a revival of some of the popular older books and characters. Publishers recognise the power of nostalgia. Parents, teachers and library staff love to share their own favourite books with children and this explains the recent resurgence of old favourites. We are lucky that publishers, authors and illustrators recognise the value of these.

So, for my first A-Blog-A-Day-Holiday I’m going to review not one, but four such books!!

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A-Blog-A-Day-Holiday …

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I’m sat here, nursing a coffee and contemplating a week off work from the library. I will miss work, I miss the library, but I won’t miss the early mornings, and I will relish some time to catch up with things and people.

My week is already filling up with exciting people meeting, but I decided, mainly because I’m really behind on blogging and I have a pile of exceptional books that must be talked about, to post a blog a day for the next seven days! This is a real mini challenge for me. Writing blogs isn’t something I rush, it’s important to me that they are as good as they can be to the best of my ability, and I’m slow at that. But to have some potential time to catch up is a really thrilling thought.

I may fail at this. I’m not sure what this week will throw at me, but, I’ve decided it doesn’t matter. It’s about sharing as many amazing books as I can in one week. It’s about trying. As the late GREAT Roald Dahl rightly said, it’s about passion!

Wish me luck. And watch this space for some, frankly, brilliant children’s books! I’ll be posting links to my daily reviews right here. Hopefully at least seven of them. Starting Monday, eek! First, I have a flat to clean …

Thank you, as always, for reading.

 


 

DAY 1, Blog 1 – For Nostalgia’s Sake.

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Day 2, Blog 2 – Speechless.

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Day 3, Blog 3 – Smart About Wild Animals!

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Day 4, Blog 4 – The Building Boy

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Day 5, Blog 5 – Dreamer: Saving Our Wild World

 

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Day 6, Blog 6 – Mr Mustachio

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Day 7, Blog 7 – Cogheart

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