Footloose: Bonus CD! “Footloose” performed by Kenny Loggins, illustrated by Tim Bowers

A funky 5 stars!!!

“Everybody’s gotta cut loose.. Footloose!!”

This would have to be one of the funkiest picture books I’ve ever read!!!
Who remembers “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins in the 80’s?? Well on October 26, the kids corner of bookstores will be hit with this amazing picture book where the No.1 hit Footloose has been re-written for children!!

Beautifully illustrated by Tim Bowers, this visual feast of a story is set in a zoo where animals wait for all the visitors to go home so they can then.. cut loose.. footloose!!! It’s such a fun read as it comes with a bonus cd, what I like to call a “Footloose” revival!! Singer Kenny Loggins re-sings “Footloose” and readers can read/sing along as the lyrics tell the story throughout the picture book.. You meet some awesome characters like Louise – the rocking chimp.. DJ Elephant and Milo the Wombat.. Don’t think I’ve ever danced along while reading a book before.. Such a great picture book suitable younger readers and fun for the whole family..

Many thanks to Allen & Unwin Publishers for sending me an Advance Review Copy in exchange for my honest review
-Annie

Gumnut Babies: 100 years by May Gibbs

An amazing piece of memorabilia that I rate 5 stars
I will treasure for this rest of my life!!

Marking the centenary publication of May Gibbs’ first book “Gumnut Babies”, this amazing piece of memorabilia will be available for all Aussies who remember the great stories of the Gumnut Babies!!! Divided into sections: Gumnut Babies, Gum-Blossom Babies, Flannel Flowers and Other Bush Babies, Boronia Babies, Wattle Babies, Nuttybub and Nittersing and Chucklebud and Wunkydoo, it makes the perfect companion to The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Such an elegantly illustrated book with amazing stories suitable for young and old alike, this storybook will sure bring families together for a cosy read along. Every Australian who grew up with the stories of the Gumnut Babies needs to have this as a collectors item. Indeed this is one I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Special thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for sending me this amazing advanced copy in exchange for my honest review
Annie

 

Flying Circus by Chris Hoy

A fun read I rate 4.5 stars – Recommended for Younger Readers
Aged 8-11 years old

I read this pretty quickly in light of the closing ceremony of the -Olympic Games in Rio, just felt so appropriate as this great book is about an ordinary boy who has to face a cycling tournament that looks as though it will turn into a bake off as a biscuit factory intends to expand their factory to Fergus’ favourite park. I highly recommend to younger readers between the ages 8-11 years old. A funny story line with a touch of magic, great introduction of the characters in the beginning of the book with illustrations throughout the book.

Special thanks to Allen & Unwin Publishers for sending me this Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.

-Annie

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

A great book: 4.5/5 Stars

let me just start by saying.. I LOVE TOOTHLESS!!!

I had a lot of fun reading this book but having to work, I wasn’t able to finish this book in the time I had wanted to – it is a book you wont be able to put down.

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as “the Dragon Whisperer” This story takes us back to what one may call historical Scotland when the mighty warrior was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. The challenge Hiccup is to face is to capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb. Hiccup embarks on an adventure and tries to find a better way to train his dragon and become a hero.

My word of advice is do not start reading this book with the expectation that it’s just like the movie, this book is very different so best to treat this as a stand alone read and do not think back to the movie.

Meredith

Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World by Nigel Smith

A great children’s book I rated 4.5 stars out of 5

About the book – as seen on Goodreads.com:
The Most Embarrassing Dad in the World was embarrassing Nathalia even before she was born. He went and married Mum, didn’t he? Mum’s last name was De Montfort. Thanks to Dad she wasn’t Nathalia De Montfort. She was Nathalia Bumole. “It’s pronounced Bew-mow-lay,” Dad would tell her patiently, time and again. “If anyone says differently, the joke’s on them.” But as Nathalia knows only too well, the joke will not be on them. It will be on her. Massively. If Nathalia can just keep The Most Embarrassing Dad In The World away from her new school, then maybe he won’t ruin everything this time. Maybe

My thoughts:
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. As a library technician, I am given a whole selection of books to familiarise myself with for the students – and this was a lot of fun!!! The humour in Nathalia Buttface is well placed and had me smiling and even chuckling while reading it, even in public places where I am sure passers by thought strangely of me. The characters were quite funny just like the story. I highly recommend this to younger readers aged 7-12 years.

-Meredith