Brilliant Board Books!

This post concentrates on vibrant new arrivals for the very youngest book “readers” which will provide perfect material for book sharing opportunities and are produced with such quality and care, by the Little Stars imprint, that they will be enjoyed repeatedly by the toddler in your life.

Let’s Go! On a Ferry and Let’s Go! On a Rocket, written by Rosalyn Albert, illustrated by Natalia Moore.

Firstly, two books from the “Let’s Go” series written by Rosalyn Albert and illustrated by Natalia Moore. These two books reflect the author’s obvious passion for travel in engaging tales featuring different forms of transport. The stories are written in rhyming text, introducing technical vocabulary in a fun and gentle way. The quality of the writing is glorious, so as the children travel in the ferry they describe it thus “We skim like pebbles over waves.” Natalia Moore’s lively illustrations perfectly complement the text. You can almost feel the sea-spray on your face as you travel “On a Ferry” and who wouldn’t want to travel “On a Rocket” to meet the friendly, bug-eyed aliens.

GREGORY GOOSE is on the loose! In the Jungle and GREGORY GOOSE is on the loose! On the Moon written by Hilary Robinson and illustrated by Mandy Stanley




In this series of travel-related books, Hilary Robinson’s creation Gregory Goose ventures to far-flung destinations where he loves to hide himself amongst the local inhabitants, providing young children with the challenge to find him on each page. The bright and bold illustrations by Mandy Stanley invite hours of observation as they bring the quest to life. The jungle creatures have such expressive faces, whilst the vegetation seems to burst from the page with life. As intrepid Gregory ventures beyond earth’s atmosphere in a colourful space craft there are multi-hued planets and cute aliens to gaze upon as young readers search for Gregory. I love the way that these books introduce the youngest children to different habitats hopefully setting them on a life-long quest for knowledge.


I am very grateful to New Frontier and Little Steps Publishing for sending me copies of these titles in exchange for an honest review.

Review: The Story of the London Underground by David Long


A sumptuous work of non-fiction, published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books, but sure to delight readers of any age. The informative and engaging text combined with the striking images are likely to be enjoyed by anyone who has ever travelled on the London Underground. I have seen a group of 9 and 10 year-old children entranced for almost an hour by the comprehensive coverage of absolutely everything you could wish to know about this famous transport system. 

The gorgeous, painted illustrations, by Sarah McMenemy, have a slightly nostalgic feel which seems perfectly in keeping with the historic content at the start of the book. I learned from the back cover that her illustrations are featured on the platforms of Shadwell Station and I am now determined to visit them the next time I am in London. There is quite a lot of text on each page, perfectly readable for 9 and 10 year-olds and packed with interesting facts, but younger children might want to read this with an adult.

Personally, I have always loved the iconic LONDON Tube map, thus I enjoyed gazing at the illustrated tube map towards the end of the book. I was also impressed at the stylish use of the tube map design for the history timeline.

I wholeheartedly recommend this stunning book, as a fascinating insight into an essential part of London, and for its many cross-curricular links in the primary school curriculum.


I am most grateful to and Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing for my gifted copy of this book. A review has previously appeared on the website.

Review: DK Lego Amazing Vehicles


Lego Vehicles

This is a brightly coloured, informative and fun DK book, which comes with 61 pieces of Lego to allow the creation of four small models. A delight which will provide many hours of entertainment for anyone of 6+.

Approximately half of the thickness of the book is taken up with a box built in to the front cover, which contains the Lego pieces, followed by 76 pages of full-colour photographs of Lego models telling the story of transport. As I always expect from DK, this book is perfectly designed for its audience with the highly coloured photographs accompanied by short paragraphs of text, bold titles and informative content. All forms of transport are described and created from Lego, from an auto rickshaw to an ice-breaker ship!

The close up photos of each Lego model gives young (and old) builders a good idea about how to build vehicles from their existing Lego collections. At the back of the book there is useful advice about which bricks are most useful for vehicle building, as well as step-by-step instructions about how to use the included Lego bricks to create: a mini jet, steam train, longship and excavator.

This book has already proved a big hit with a group of Year 2 children who are enthusiastic Lego modellers and stop-frame animators, they wanted to build the models immediately and spotted vehicles that they wanted to build using their own Lego collections. It already has a waiting list in the library! My own favourite section was entitled “Into the Future”; I’m finishing this review now so that I can head to the Lego box upstairs to build myself a teleporter – fingers crossed it will work!!

Many thanks to and DK Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is Book2 in my #20BooksofSummer challenge hosted by Cathy at


Review: Around the World in 80 Ways, illustrated by Katy Halford

80 ways

This gorgeous, illustrated, hardback, non-fiction book lives up to its title and presents eighty different forms of transport in the most appealing fashion.

Each double-page is fully illustrated with a sumptuous background picture and anything from one to five forms of transport, all beautifully drawn in a simple but detailed fashion. The pictures are arranged thematically, for example bicycle, motorbike, tandem and unicycle are together one one page. Accompanying each picture is a paragraph of informative text of the usual high quality that you would expect from a DK book. The colourful drawings are hugely appealing for any age from Reception class upwards; I could spend hours looking at the details. My personal favourite is the hot air balloon page which explains how they work, what the Montgolfier brothers put in their balloon’s basket and what sort of journeys can be accomplished by this form of transport. The artwork is so enticing that I could almost be persuaded to take a balloon trip! This book will give you an explanation of every form of travel, from camel caravans to spacecraft!

The text is probably not accessible for most KS1 readers, I think that younger children would most enjoy sharing this book with an adult. However, Katy Halford’s illustrations are of such high quality that KS2 readers will enjoy this book, additionally I can imagine that it will be beneficial for many EAL pupils who are improving the depth of their English vocabulary.

Overall, a first class, highly informative book which I recommend for any home or school library.

Thank you to and DK Books for sending me this brilliant book to review; this review has previously been posted on