Dr Seuss And Nick Butterworth At Discover Story Centre

I had the delight of visiting the Discover Children’s Story Centre last year and fell in love with everything about it.

Since our last trip they have undergone a refurbishment and everything has only been bettered!

The Story World now spans two floors where the children can explore flashing lights and music inside a cool cave.

Sit quietly in the book corner and let their imagination run wild by creating their own story to stash away for others to read.

Weave through pathways whilst encountering lettered stepping stones.

Jump onboard the sail boat or climb and slide to your hearts content on the ropes and slides.

If quiet crafting is your thing then they still have the beautiful trees full of spoon people that you can create and leave in the trees.

Or if concentrating on crafts is not your thing like number four then they are also fabulous to balance on your nose!

We had booked ourselves into The World Of Dr Seuss exhibition and were hit by an explosion of colour and a very enthusiastic story teller as soon as the doors were open.

The children were taken over and read the famous Dr Suess Cat In The Hat book and even with all the exciting surrounding that they must have been itching to explore every child sat captivated by the animated story teller who had them hooked on her every word.

They were then free to explore!

They could take part in crazy golf, climb aboard the Once-let Wagon, dance along to the music of the boomband, dress up as Thing 1 or 2 and much, much more.


We made our way into the Story Garden from here where they were free to run around and let off some steam before our next adventure.

Not only does the Discover Children’s Story Centre have a whole host of activities to amuse the little ones inside their own centre, they also put on some fantastic events at the nearby Stratford Library.

For me this was the highlight of the day as the legendary author Nick Butterworth was there for a book signing.

Nick Butterworth and his classic stories have been a part of my life since I had my eldest child nineteen years ago and through his great writing and beautiful illustrations we have all become very fond of his books.

I was a little apprehensive upon walking into a very formal looking set up and realising I was going to have to keep the children in one spot for an hour.

These feelings soon past as Nick took to the stage to talk about his life and works that was interesting for the adults and still fun and engaging for the children.

It was so nice to meet the man behind the stories and find where he found his inspiration.

He was a very humble, down to earth man that just ozed passion for his work and his readers.


For me Discover Children’s Story Centre offer a space for children to forget about technology, learn bundles through play and let their imaginations run wild and grow in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

It really is a place you need to see to believe and I love it more with each visit!

Keep an eye out for all their upcoming events and I know I can’t wait to see what they have to offer over Christmas.

*we were given tickets for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.

The Mysterious Apples Book Review

A while ago Swankypants Books got in touch with me to review the first of their new series of books A Little Owl Called Hooty.  We were really taken with it and we’re really pleased when we were asked to review the next book – The Mysterious Apples.

My youngest two still love board books and were really taken when I showed them the shiny, new book with Yasmin and Yo-Yo, two super cute squirrels on the cover.

They throughly enjoyed reading about the adventures of this two cheeky squirrels that came across a beautiful apple tree that were perfect for them to harvest and  store for the long winter ahead of them.  The problem was neither of them had bargained on what was going to happen next!

Why don’t you take a read to find out the mysterious tale to this great story!

We were given this book for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions. 

Love 2 Read Personalised Book Review

  

 

I know most people will think the same thing but my Dad really is the best Dad you could ask for.  The children absolutely adore him so when we were asked to create a book by Love 2 Read we opted for a story about Grandad.

This is such a great concept and there are lots of other stories for you to chose from.  It is all done by simply selecting your pictures and text to create your own perfect book.

I’m a real techno phobe and this was easy even for me.  I love the fact you can chose your own personal message to put in the first page to make it feel that bit more personal.

The older children were suprsingly impressed with this and loved looking to see where they featured inside.

  
It has fastly become a favourite bedtime story for the younger ones and number five is still in shock each time we turn a page to reveal another familiar face.

  
They are more expensive than your usual paperback book coming in at £14.99 but it is more of a keepsake and is well worth the money to see the expression on your little ones faces.

  

We were given this book by Love 2 Read for the purpose of this review.  They are all my own honest opinions.

Book Review:A Little Owl Called Hooty

We are a family of book lovers in this house and I love nothing more than tucking the little ones in at night to settle down with a story or two.

  
When Swankypants Books asked if we would like to try the first in a series of books about a cute little owl called Hooty I jumped at the chance.

Hooty the owl is affraid to fly, but with the help of his trusted friends he manages to over come his fear and take flight.

This easy to hold short story was perfect to keep the attention of my youngest two with its beautiful illustrations  in muted colours and anything with rythmicsl text is always great to keep younger children engaged.

  
The sturdiness of the board book means that it can easy withstand a toddlers heavy hands and will be a gift that will keep giving for many years to come.

You can purchase this wonderful book on Amazon and through Waterstones or it is available to order at any local bookshop.

We were sent this book to review by Swankypants Books and here are all my own honest opinions.

  

Nemo And Giraffe Book Review

  
Pets in our house is a weekly topic.  Usually consisting of one of the children asking for one, and me saying no!  With a large family and both my husband and I having allergies to a lot of animals a fish is our limit.

My lovely Mother saved the day last year by getting a dog so that the children can have a furry friend at her house.  They were completely over the moon and love her to bits, but as children do number four can be slightly to affectionate and tries to drag the poor thing around by her tail, dress her up and just be continually in her way.

When I was approached by aspiring author Lee Hunter to review her new children’s book Nemo And Giraffe I jumped at the chance as the ethos behind the first in a series of books she is hoping to publish is about building positive relationships with pets.

  
Her background as a childminder for under fives with a house cat herself started her on the path to encourage children to treat animals as equals and understand that we can all be friends no matter what we look like or where we came from.

I sat down with number four to share this story with him the other day.  He is quite fussy when it comes to books as he has a few favourites that tend to get read time and time again, but he was drawn to the brightly coloured, cute charters drawn by Lindy Damen. Lee has set the book out so that it is very easy for the children to build a rapport with the main characters Nemo and Giraffe. He quickly grasped the idea Lee was trying to get across about us all being different and I could then relate to to ourselves and the animals in our life that he comes across.

I would highly recommend this book which you can easily pick up on Amazon for a very reasonable £4.99. You can follow Nemo and Giraffe on Twitter and Facebook. We will be following them and waiting for their next adventure.

I was sent Nemo and Giraffe in a PDF format to share with my children. All of my reviews are of my honest opinion and I only take on products that are relevant to myself and my family.