Today is my stop on the blog tour for Zak and Jen's Astronomical Adventures: Tinsel Town by Natalie Page and Chris Rivers Nuttall and I have lots of fun things to share! I have my review as well as my nerdlings review. a lovely guest post from Natalie Page AND a giveaway to win a copy of the book! It's a very exciting day.
Zak flew to Jen's planet and giggled with glee, he was so excited for what they might see... Best friends Zak and Jen are off on a Christmas adventure with their special umbrellas. This time, the pair fly to a new planet, but where is everybody? Enjoy the magic as Zak and Jen make some new festive friends and discover how important it is to make the most of every day.
I fell in love with this book immediately! The art work is just absolutely stunning and even before I read the story I had to flick through the pages several times just so I could appreciate just how beautiful the pictures are.
When I then did read the story, it was just perfect. The rhtyhm and rhyming are really well done for a parent to read to a child and it is also easy for a child to read it to themselves. I knew I was going to enjoy reading this to my littlest nerdling no matter how many times he asked for it.
The story itself is very well thought out and I really enjoyed the subtle message to make sure you live everyday to the fullest in the ways that make you happy.
Overall an excellent book and I will be looking forward to collecting more of these books as they come out.
7 Year Old Nerdling's Review
I liked the pictures, they were nice. The book was fun and it made me excited for Christmas!
3 Year Old Nerdling's Review
Yay my Halloween Book!
Christmas Reading Wish list
by Natalie Page
Today, on Life of a Nerdish Mum, I am excited to be able to share my Christmas Reading Wish list with you – I have done two, one for me and one for my little girl (who is almost 3).
Who knows, if we are good, maybe Father Christmas will see fit to put a few of these in our stockings this year!
You will notice some of the books are Christmas themed (why not given the time of year?) whilst others are ones that I have been desperately wanting to get around to reading, I just haven’t had the time!
So, let’s start with my reading wish list:
- Bed Time Stories for Grown Ups – By Ben Holden
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- The Christmas Promise – by Sue Moorcroft
- All I want for Christmas – by Jenny Hale
- Avalon – by Mindee Arnett
As you will see, this is a rather interesting mix. The reason for that is because I don’t just read in one genre. Outside of writing picture books, I also write Young Adult fiction so it is important for me to try and read what else is out there so I can see what is popular and also where the gaps are. As a children’s author I am also a huge kid at heart, I love Disney and anything to do with magic, fantasy and adventure. When I saw that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children had been made into a film, (directed by my favourite director Tim Burton) I realised that I would have to make time to actually read the book before seeing it, and that is what I intend to do!
As for the other books on the list, I a love reading book reviews on book blogs and these are some recent titles that have really caught my attention. To be honest, I also feel that the best time to read Christmas books is at this time of year, I find it hard to get on board with Christmas themes if I am reading it in July!
So on to my list for my daughter:
Aside from my own Christmas book, here is what I would like for her (and some of these may have already found their way to our Christmas cupboard ready for the big day).
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar - An absolute classic and one that she doesn’t yet own.
- The celebrated, Giraffe’s Can’t Dance – by Giles Andreae. This book has become an international bestseller and I am keen to find out why, so on our wish list it goes!
- The Day the Crayon’s Quit – by Drew Daywait. Again, this is a book that has received some rave reviews and had lots of people talking. I love the concept of the crayon’s being alive and having something to say! My only concern is that it might be a bit old for her, but we will give it a try!
- Dogger – By Shirley Hughes. I remember reading this when I was young and I would love my little girl to have and be able to keep a copy of her own.
- The Christmas Bear – written by Ian Whybrow and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Obviously, we need to have at least one Christmas themed book, and this is a lift flap book which is a style my daughter adores. The book has received some great reviews so I am keen to get a copy for my little one to try out!
To pick up your own copy of Zak and Jen's Astronomical Adventures: Tinsel Town (If you're not lucky enough to win below) you can head over to Etsy and buy it HERE.
And finally the GIVEAWAY! There's plenty of ways to enter and I'm leaving the competition open for five days so plenty of time to get in :)
Don't forget to check out the rest of the blog tour, there will be more chances to win you're own copy!