Archive | April 2022

The Wednesday Morning Wild Swim by Jules Wake

High Energy And Highly Amusing

The Wednesday Morning Wild Swim by Jules Wake is the most charming contemporary novel that will warm your heart. It is the second book in the Yorkshire Escape series but can be read as a stand-alone.

There is an eclectic mix of characters such as you could meet in real life – from a Grandad to a pair of lovers to a handicapped teen. All of the characters are facing their own unique battles and challenges. As the book progresses, familiar faces from book one pop up along the way.

Swimming is a great leveler. It is a place where your fears and challenges of life melt away for a while as you concentrate on swimming. Everyone is equal in their costumes, goggles and ear plugs. People swim not only to escape but to keep their bodies moving – I can certainly relate as I only learnt to swim in my fifties in 2017 and it enabled me to gain back control of my mobility.

Many characters have personal fears. With love, care and support, these can be faced and overcome.

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Sweet Koala Kuku by K.S. D’arcy

A Beautiful Heirloom

Sweet Koala Kuku by K.S. D’arcy is an absolutely beautiful book that is just perfect for the under-fives. Although I think it is a beautiful book for any age.

The book is written in rhyme, giving a wonderful bounce-along tempo, enabling our children to easily pick up and join in with the words.

There are lessons to be learnt. We need to just be who we were created to be and not be envious of others. Our dreams are unique to us and if we do not lose sight of them, we can achieve our dreams.

There is repetition reinforcing the dream of Kuku showing that she is steadfast as she strives to wear her tutu.

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Harry And Hiccup Play Hide And Seek by Papa Perkins


Harry And Hiccup Play Hide And Seek by Papa Perkins is a perfectly delightful book for the under fives.

Harry is part of the AlphaBetaBears series and this book focuses on the letter ‘H’. Each page has an object to be found that starts with the letter ‘h’, and also the story contains many words beginning with ‘h’. This is a really fun book that will help our children grasp the concept of the alphabet.

The book is beautifully illustrated by the author. The illustrations will appeal to young children.

Towards the end we are introduced to Ivan and his ice cream van who will star in the subsequent book.

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Clang And The Party by Lorna Louise Gray

Entertaining And Amusing

Clang And The Party by Lorna Louise Gray is a perfect tale to read to young children or for early readers to access themselves.

Clang is a large dog owned by three rather eccentric women. We witness the action from his point of view. He never means to cause trouble but he’s a dog and trouble just follows him! It is highly amusing for young children as his doggy senses come into play.

One of the ladies is rather clumsy! Her clumsiness often causes mishaps. Young children will be amused as a falling over results in a flash of underwear – guaranteed to make children laugh.

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