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Book Review: Hello Nature by Nina Chakrabarti

We’ve been learning a lot about nature recently, going on nature trails and exploring our local environment. Alongside that we’ve been doing some reading about nature and the natural world. To complement that, we’ve spent some time doing some o the nature activities in a really interesting book called Hello Nature by Nina Chakrabarti.

Hello Nature is a wonderfully illustrated 160 page nature scrapbook. It’s full of interesting facts and activities to help you explore and learn more about nature. The book encourages you to “draw, colour, make and grow” all over its pages.

Book Review: Hello Nature by Nina Chakrabarti

Colour in butterflies, leaves, frogs, pebbles and much more; discover more about what different kinds of snowflakes there are; learn about how leaves are formed; make your own leaf prints and twig sculptures; and make bird feeders and grass whistles. Hello Nature is packed with simple nature activities for children.

Hello Nature is aimed at children aged 7-11 years, but it’s so beautiful it would make a great present for anyone interested in drawing or painting nature.

You don’t have to live in the countryside to make the most of this book. You can use it to explore your back garden or local park. Take it with you to the beach and find out more about the shells you find and the creatures you may find in a rockpool.

Book Review: Hello Nature by Nina Chakrabarti

The book is split into four seasonal sections; with crafts, activities and things to draw, paint and colour in each section. It’s a wonderful nature scrapbook you can dip in and out of throughout the year, noting the changing of the seasons and the nature around you. It is the kind of book which you can pull out at half terms and school holidays and spend a few afternoons working on. It’s a lovely project to do throughout the year and something special to look back on at a later date.

The illustrations by Nina Chakrabarti are beautifully detailed and the words are insightful, encouraging the reader to explore what the see, feel and experience. How does bark feel? How does the forest smell? It encourages you to be more aware of the natural world and experience it will all of your senses. Something I very much approve of.

Book Review: Hello Nature by Nina Chakrabarti

Hello Nature has arrived at just the right time for us. We are going camping in the woods later this month; so we will take this and use it to help identify trees, leaves, insects and do some lovely nature based activities.

Hello Nature by Nina Chakrabarti costs £12.99. It’s published by Laurence King and is available from a wide range of bookshops including Amazon.

For details of more children’s books published by Laurence King, visit their website.

Disclosure: We were sent a copy of Hello Nature for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Literacy: Simple Children’s Book Review Template

Over the summer it’s been my mission to get my son reading more. Part of that is also getting him to think a little more about what he’s been reading. Asking questions about the story and getting him to write a simple review. It’s the summer, I don’t want him to do anything too taxing, but some gentle critical thinking is a good thing. With that in mind, I’ve put this simple children’s book review template together.

This book review template is incredibly simple and great for emerging readers. My son who admittedly has been a bit slow off the mark when it comes to writing finds it simple to use and it’s really helpful in getting him to focus his thoughts after he’s finished his book.

Completing this Book Review Template would be a lovely activity to do if you get a group of children together and form a junior book club. This way they can easily share their thoughts with the group.

Literacy: Simple Children's Book Review Template

You can download this book review template for free here.

When your child is reviewing a book, the following questions could help them write an interesting and useful review – 

What did you think of the book? Was it funny or sad, exciting or adventurous?

What did you learn from reading this book? 

Where was the book set? What was it about? Was this interesting?

Was this book easy or hard for you, or just right?

Were there pictures in the book? Were there chapters? Did it take you long to read it from start to finish?

Would recommend this book to your friends? If so, why?

Would you read any other books by this author? 

This book review template also asks you to score your book out of 5 and gives you the option to choose a smiley face to sum up your thoughts about the book you’ve read.

As I said, it’s a very simple activity to do with your children which will help to encourage critical thinking about what they’re reading.

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Giveaway & Review: The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl

Growing up, my favourite author by far was Roald Dahl. He is a legend in children’s literature and his books continue to delight children. They are not for the squeamish though. Roald Dahl delighted in telling stories that could make your hair curl. In this recently published book, The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl you can delve a little deeper into the stories and characters, and find out some brilliant behind the scenes information about Dahl’s writing. Written by Stella Caldwell, it is a spectacular scrapbook of stories and characters!

Review: The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl

This fantastical and official book, published just over 100 years after Roald Dahl’s birth, gives a brilliant new perspective on his most-loved (and hated) characters and stories. The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl brings together Dahl’s wondrous creations and Quentin Blake’s iconic illustrations with previously unpublished reproductions of imagined letters, artefacts, posters and much, much more. Inspired by the characters and events from each of Dahl’s books, and including original thoughts and notes on yellow lined paper – as if written by Dahl himself – the book expands upon his stories in a humorous and creative way, making it the ideal addition to everyone’s Dahl collection.

This is a wonderful book to dip in and out of. It’s just the thing to read alongside one of his books, if you’re reading The Twits for example, dip into The Twits section and find out more about the horrifying Mr and Mrs Twit.

Read Mrs Twit’s recipe for Bird Pie, become a giant expert with the BFG’s spotter’s guide, discover Willy Wonka’s golden ticket or take a look at The Trunchbull’s tips for school discipline.

The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl contains a map linking all of Roald Dahl’s fictional worlds; information about his special writing hut and pages and pages about his stories. It is wonderfully illustrated by his long term collaborator, Quentin Blake and contains fold out pages and special items such as The Oompa-Loompa Field guide, a guide to Gobblefunk and there’s a special secret letter hidden in the back of the book.

Review: The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl

Did you know Roald Dahl always wrote in pencil on yellow lined paper? You do now!

It really is absolutely packed full of lovely secrets scattered across each page. It’s a glorious read and would make a really wonderful gift for any Roald Dahl fan, whatever their age. We’ve certainly enjoyed reading it together, dipping in and out and finding out more wonderful things about some of the weird and wonderful creatures and grotesque grown ups in Roald Dahl’s books.

The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl is published by Carlton Books, costs £12.99 and is available from a wide range of retailers, including Amazon.

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Children’s Books: Six books about the Seashore

Going to the beach is an important part of our summer. Lazing on the beach, building sandcastles and going beach-combing and rock-pooling is something we really enjoy. The seashore is a great place to explore, you can find all kinds of creatures lurking in rock-pools and under rocks. Ahead of our beach holiday in Cornwall, we’ve been looking at books about the sea. Here are six of the best books about the seashore.

Six books about the Seashore

Secrets of the Seashore by Carron Brown is a wonderful “shine a light” book where you use a torch to reveal hidden detail in the illustrations. Spot the tiny shrimps hiding in the sand, see a shy crab underneath a rock and watch a jewel-like anemone open its tentacles in this gorgeously illustrated book of hidden habitats. It’s a lovely interactive way to discover more about the secrets of the seashore.

Children's Books: Six books about the Seashore

Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson. When Crab finds a new shell, he doesn’t want to share it with anyone – especially not a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks and he soon finds he needs his new housemates. This Julia Donaldson book has a lovely rhythmic style and beautiful illustrations which makes this real favourite of ours.

Seashore Watcher by Maya Plass. What lives on the beach? What lives in the shallow water? Can you track a Fiddler Crab? Learn how to spot tracks, identify markings and discover secret hideaways at the seashore. This book is packed with fascinating facts and lots of activities. It even comes in a waterproof ziplock bag to keep it safe and dry during your seashore expeditions. This is a great seashore spotter guide.

The Seashore (Usborne Beginners) by Lucy Bowman. This is an essential book for Key Stage 1 readers, and jam-packed with age appropriate information about the seashore. Which fish can breathe on land? Why do some crabs live in other animals’ shells? And what happens when seabirds drink too much sea water? Find the answers to these questions, and much more in this great beginners guide.

Magic Beach by Alison Lester is something of a seaside classic. Filled with fun rhymes and make-believe stories, this wonderfully illustrated children’s tale invites you to imagine a perfect beach where you can swim, surf, splash through the waves, make sandcastles, hunt for treasures, explore rock-pools, muck about in boats, fish from the jetty, and build a bonfire under the stars.

A First Book of the Sea by Nicola Davies is a spellbinding collection of poems about the oceans of the world and their shores. With this book, children can swim alongside dolphins and flying fish, explore rockpools and sail from pole to pole and back, learning about everything from phosphorescence and plankton to manta rays and puffins. It’s a lovely, imaginative way to explore the oceans of the world.

If you enjoyed this, you might also like our round up of books about turtles and books about the environment.

Children's Books: Six books about the Seashore

Ten books to read before Secondary School

This morning I was stood in the playground looking at the Year 6’s and thinking they’re just a few short months away from Secondary School. These children look like giants compared to my 7 year old, but they’ll soon be making the leap to big school. The summer holidays are stretching ahead, and if you’ve got a Year 6 to entertain, I’ve picked out ten books to read before Secondary School which should entertain, enthrall and interest 11 year olds this summer.

Ten books to read before Secondary School

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. Nine year old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas. Read the story of these two young boys who form an incredible friendship despite their different backgrounds, a box of tissues is essential!

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. When baby Bod escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. Everyone needs to read at least one Neil Gaiman book, and The Graveyard Book is an excellent place to start!

Ten books to read before Secondary School

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. Northern Lights is the first volume in Philip Pullman’s award winning His Dark Materials trilogy. Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world.

Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge follows the story of a twelve-year-old orphan called Mosca Mye and her loyal companion, a cantankerous goose. Together they become the unlikely heroes of a radical revolution. Mosca is on the run, heading for the city of Mandelion. There she finds herself living by her wits among cut-throat highwaymen, spies and smugglers. With peril at every turn, Mosca uncovers a dark plot to terrorize the people of Mandelion, and soon merry mayhem leads to murder.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett, this is a true children’s classic and an absolute must-read for anyone. After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle’s gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. She is lonely and has no one to play with, but one day she learns of a secret garden somewhere in the grounds that no one is allowed to enter. Then Mary uncovers an old key in a flowerbed – and a gust of magic leads her to the hidden door. Slowly she turns the key and enters a world she could never have imagined.

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathon Stroud. When Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career,  she finds herself joining the smallest most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.

What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford. Turning invisible at will is one way to cure your acne, but a far more drastic act than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead had initially intended when she tries a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed. When one day her invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again – and solve the mystery of her own birth. A gripping and very funny read!

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. Stormbreaker is the first book in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. Fourteen year old Alex is forcibly recruited into MI6. Armed with secret gadgets, he is sent to investigate Herod Sayle, a man who is offering state-of-the-art Stormbreaker computers to every school in the country. But the secondary school aged spy soon finds himself in mortal danger.

Railhead by Philip Reeve. Railhead is the story of a petty thief, Zen Starling who is destined to ride the rails  of the space train to nowhere special. That is until Raven, a strange and mysterious figure, persuades Zen to commit an elaborate robbery to steal the pyxis, is a mysterious box containing a shining black orb. Could this bring everything in this galaxy, and the next, to the end of the line?

I am Malala (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai. Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school. No one expected her to survive. This book documents her journey from village girl to Nobel Peace Prize winner, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world – and did.

Ten books to read before Secondary School

Three of the Best Stage 5 Biff, Chip and Kipper Books

If you’ve got or had a child in Primary School in the last few years, you’ll know that Biff, Chip and Kipper books play a huge part in teaching them to read. My son has been faithfully bringing home the Oxford Reading Tree, Read with Oxford Biff, Chip and Kipper books for several years now. They’re honestly my favourite books to hear him read to me.

The Biff, Chip and Kipper books by Roderick Hunt are full of adventure; the stories are interesting and exciting, and the action happens all over the world, so you get to explore lots of things when you’re reading. The illustrations by Alex Brychta are brilliant. He has woven a cast of characters into the background of his stories and you’ll see the same ones pop up in all kinds of different guises.

My son is able to read independently now, more or less. We’re at that stage where we are trying to build his confidence in his reading. We also want him to really love reading. We’ve recently got our hands on some of the newer Biff, Chip and Kipper books. They have four stories in each one as well as points for discussion. I’ve squirreled a few them away for our holiday, I know he will love these compact editions, both to read with us and by himself.

Three of the Best Stage 5 Biff, Chip and Kipper Books

I’ve picked three of the latest Stage 5 Biff, Chip and Kipper Books from Read with Oxford. Stage 5 is the “Becoming Independent” stage and is generally aimed at children aged 5-7 years. Stage 5 is ideal for children who are beginning to read independently.

three of the Best Stage 5 Biff, Chip and Kipper Books

The Beehive Fence and Other Stories
In The Beehive Fence, read how Biff overcomes her fear of bees during an African adventure. Join Chip, Wilf and Nadim in A Good Turn on the very first Scout camp where they mean a troop of cub scouts. In What a Journey! Mum and Dad take the family on holiday by train, but the journey isn’t quite what they expect. The last story, The Fair-Haired Samurai find out if Kipper’s Aikido classes come in useful when the magic key takes him on an adventure to Ancient Japan.

Fireball in the Sky and Other Stories
This bumper book contains four fabulous Biff, Chip and Kipper stories. Starting with The Ogres Dinner where the children meet the King of the Ogres and wonder who or what will be for dinner that night! In The Secret Pop Star the children meet a boy band hero and unexpected things happen. In the Fireball in the Sky the children encounter aliens in an unexpected encounter. Lastly, in A Knight in Town the magic key brings an extra person home from an adventure, with hilarious consequences!

The Strange Old House and Other Stories
Join Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy the dog in these four exciting stories. Go on a spooky night-time adventure to The Strange Old House; find out what happens when there’s a Flood! and the family all have to move out – what will the come home to? Discover how Biff and Wilma rescue two imprisoned Princes in the Tower and find out what happens when the magic key goes wrong in Key Trouble!

These bumper books each contain four Biff, Chip and Kipper stories and each costs £10.99. Between each story are discussion points and tips for how to read the stories. They are exactly the kind of books they’re used to reading at school; so it will feel very comfortable and natural for them to read these Biff, Chip and Kipper books. If you’re planning on doing some reading with your stage 5 child over the summer, then these books are a great investment.

To learn more about you can help support your child’s reading, visit the Oxford Owl website.

Three of the Best Stage 5 Biff, Chip and Kipper Books

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Book Review & Giveaway: Space Number Crunch!

A little while ago we reviewed Dinosaur Number Crunch! by Kevin Pettman and we were very taken with how the facts were presented in a bite-size style, you could really dip in and out of it and it’s a firm favourite. We knew there were more books planned in the Number Crunch series, so we were pleased to get our hands on Space Number Crunch! which is published on 12th July 2018.

Space Number Crunch! contains 96 pages of facts, figures and out of this world stats to please any space fan. From the biggest planet, fastest asteroid to astronaut facts, every page of the book is packed full of space data.

Book Review & Giveaway: Space Number Crunch!

It’s aimed at children aged 8+, but it’s just right for my space loving seven and a half year old. Space Number Crunch! is full of colourful illustrations and graphics. These’s even a quiz at the end to check your learning.

Space Number Crunch! covers a whole range of space related topics, from the planets and stars, the astronaut training, comets, galaxies and space agencies. It’s a really handy reference book; we’ve been reading in a few pages at a time before bed, and in the car on long journeys too.

It’s very much the kind of book you can dip in and out of and absolutely perfect for fact fans like my son. It’s very well put together. I like the themed pages and it means you can find the facts you want quickly. It’s probably the most informative and interesting book about space we’ve read.

Book Review & Giveaway: Space Number Crunch!

If you’re interested in everything to do with space, this Space Number Crunch! book is essential reading. This flexicover book is available to buy from 12th July 2018. This would make a truly out of this world gift for space enthusiasts!

Space Number Crunch! is published by Carlton Kids and costs £9.99. It’s available in all good bookshops and online now.

 

If you enjoyed this, you might also like my pick of five books about science.

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Children’s Books: Five Awesome Activity Books

The summer holidays are only a few short weeks away and I’m starting to think about how we can fill those (hopefully) long summer days. One thing is for sure, we will need things to entertain the boy during long journeys and when we’re out an about. We have an activity bag which we can grab when we go out; there’s usually a packet of Top Trumps, some activity books and some pens. That bag is a real life saver and contains enough for a few hours of fun.

We try not to stick him in front of a screen for too long. For two reasons; we’re out as a family so all of our screens are off and we’re trying to be social. He also turns into a real grumpy so and so if he watches too much stuff on the iPad. With summer fast approaching, the activity bag needs some new activity books, so here is our pick of five awesome activity books.

Five Awesome Activity Books

My Brilliant Big Activity Book by Andrea Pinnington covers a wide range of topics, including dragons, pirates, space adventures and holiday fun! It’s the ultimate activity book to keep kids busy and entertained; full of clever colouring pages, drawing tips and tricks, puzzles and mazes, make-and-do activities and games. From solving mazes, connecting the dots, colouring in pictures or spotting the difference, this book guarantees hours of fun! Read our full review of it here.

Children's Books: Five Awesome Activity Books

Little Children’s Travel Activity Book by James Maclaine is a brilliant collection of activities to keep children busy while they’re traveling. The book includes puzzles, word searches, dot-to-dot, spot-the-difference, mazes and more. It’s such a fun book, I want my own copy!

Orchard Toys Things To Do Sticker Activity Colouring BookColour in the pictures, match stickers, complete the fun activities and much more with this range of six colouring books featuring fun and familiar Orchard Toys Characters. Each book includes clear, age-appropriate pictures plus fun activities to help reinforce early learning skills in true Orchard Toys style! You can read our review of the full range of these books here.

Pencil & Paper Games from Usborne is a classic activity book for kids. Pencil and Paper Games is a tear-off pad featuring over one hundred games to play. The book is mostly games for two people to play together;  noughts and crosses, or hangman, that kind of thing which is just the kind of game we enjoy playing together. It’s brilliant fun for kids to play together in the back of the car, or to play against a parent on a plane!

The Anti-Boredom Colouring Book by Chris Dickason. You can’t beat the simple joy of a good colouring book. The Anti-Boredom Colouring Book is packed with weird and wonderful pictures to colour like pet sharks, mutant hamsters, household robots and doughnuts that rain from the sky, there’s something for everyone in this fun and funny colouring book.

What’s your go to activity book this summer? I’d love to hear your recommendations. 

Children's Books: Five Awesome Activity Books

Children’s Books: Five Fantastic Books about Fathers

Reading together is something we do every night before bed. It’s a wonderful habit to get into, more so if you’re reading books which you both enjoy. This month, with Father’s Day fast approaching, we’ve been looking at books about Dads. There are some really lovely books about Fathers in our selection, we hope you enjoy them too.

Five Fantastic Books about Fathers

Peppa Pig: My Daddy by Peppa Pig. The world’s favourite pig, Peppa lists all of the things she loves the most about Daddy Pig in this really sweet picture book. It’s a lovely Father’s Day read for pre-schoolers, Peppa Pig fans and their parents and it a good place to start thinking of all the reasons little ones love their Daddy.

Children's Books: Five Fantastic Books about Fathers

Papasaurus by Stephan Lomp is the perfect picture book for little dinosaur fans to read together with their own Papasaurus. Babysaurus and Papasaurus love playing hide and seek, but one day, no matter where he looks, he can’t find him. With the help of his pre-historic friends he finds that his Papasaurus has been there all along. Colourfully illustrated, this is a real treat of a book for little ones to read with their Papa.

My Father Is a Polar Bear by Michael Morpurgo. My Father Is a Polar Bear tells the story of two young brothers who rediscover their birth father in the most unlikely of places. The boys have a loving mother and step-father at home, but are curious to find out more about their birth father. They go to see him in a play at the theatre where he is playing as a polar bear. This warm and charming story is beautifully illustrated and sensitively told.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney is an absolutely gorgeous book which perfectly sums up how much a parent loves a child. Featuring Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare; they take it in turns to try to measure how much love they have for each other. It’s lovely, it’s heartwarming and it’s about the most famous book about love you could think of, for good reason too!

Bad Dad by David Walliams. Bad Dad is a fast and furious, heart-warming story of a father and son on an adventure. Together they embark on a thrilling mission to break an innocent man into prison. Suitable for ages 9+ this book is funny, heart-warming and full of action. The perfect page turner this Father’s Day!

What are your favourite books about Fathers? Have I missed any good ones?

If you enjoyed this, you might also like our selection of five books about love.

Children's Books: Five Fantastic Books about Fathers

Giveaway & Review: My Brilliant Big Activity Book

I am never more than six metres away from an activity book. As the Mum of a 7 year old, activity books have been an essential part of my life for many years. We always have a stack of them in rotation for when we go out. They’re great if we’re traveling somewhere, or for doing while in the Doctor’s waiting room. They’re in my bag, in the car and there’s a stack of them by the front door ready to grab before we go out. This week the boy has been busy with a new activity book; My Brilliant Big Activity Book from Carlton Kids Books.

My Brilliant Big Activity Book covers a wide range of topics, including dragons, pirates, space and holiday fun! It’s the ultimate activity book to keep kids busy and entertained; full of clever colouring pages, drawing tips and tricks, puzzles and mazes, make-and-do activities and games. From solving mazes, connecting the dots, colouring in pictures or spotting the difference, this book guarantees hours of fun!

Giveaway & Review: My Brilliant Big Activity Book

In short, it’s been the perfect book to keep him entertained over half term. We’ve dipped in and out of it, but he’s solidly worked his way through it this week. He’s designed pizzas, drawn castles, done dot-to-dots and planned a range of gruesome recipes for Halloween.

It’s aimed at children aged 6+ and is bang on the money for my son. It’s really engaging; he can sit and entertain himself with it, or join us for a chat about what he’s doing and what our dream pizza toppings might be. At 176 pages, there are plenty of activities to keep him interested. It’s the kind of activity book you might take on holiday, because there’s so much in there to keep him busy doing a few pages a day for a fortnight.

Giveaway & Review: My Brilliant Big Activity Book

It’s colourful, really well thought out and has pages and pages of engaging content. This book is a winner for me; I hope they bring out a few more activity books like this because I know they will be great additions to our collection.

My Brilliant Big Activity Book by Andrea Pinnington is available now in paperback for £9.99.

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6. The closing date for entries is 11.59pm GMT on 24th June 2018.
7. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date.
8. The winner will be asked to provide a full UK postal address with postcode for delivery purposes.
9. The winners name will be available on request
10. Address details will be passed onto Carlton Books to post the above mentioned prize out to the winner.
11. Entry to this giveaway confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
12. HodgePodgeDays decision is final in all matters relating to this giveaway.

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