REVIEW: There’s A Dragon In Your Book By Tom Fletcher and Illustrated by Greg Abbott

Published: 28th May 2018

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback Picture Book (ARC from Publisher for Review)

RRP: $24.99

5/5 Stars

OH LOOK, there’s an EGG in your book!

But this isn’t any old egg – there’s a dragon in it . . . And pretty soon she has set your book ON FIRE. OH NO!

Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott have created a fantastically interactive sequel to their bestselling There’s a Monster in Your Book. Children will love stroking, poking and flapping the book to make magic happen as they turn the pages. Can they help Little Dragon find a way to stop the fire and fly off on her own adventure?

As soon as I opened my mail and discovered this book from Penguin Random House Australia, I fell in love with it. Tom Fletcher has created the cutest, and uniquely interactive picture book that I have seen in a LONG time. When combined with Greg Abbott’s brightly coloured, and adorably beautiful illustrations, readers of all ages can not help but get caught up in the action.

Hands down, There’s A Dragon In Your Book, is one of my favourite, if not THE favourite, picture book I have seen this year. Possibly even for a couple of years. Unlike traditional picture books, this super sweet and utterly adorable narrative asks for the readers cooperation to help it save the book, and the dragon its surprising found itself faced with.

Tom Fletcher’s story is simple, being mostly compromised of one or two short sentences on a page. It’s clean and easy to understand, and yet, it packs one hell of a imaginative punch with the reader. Using short, snappy phrases, Fletcher expertly asks the reader to carry out simple tasks – “why don’t you tickle her little nose …” and “help dragon blow out the flames and turn the page“, – that more often than not have catastrophic consequences (like setting the book on fire). Smashing through the fourth wall, he asks the reader, not to turn the page, and then converses with them for doing the opposite of what he has asked, while showing them the fall out and consequences of doing just that in a fun, light hearted way.

Greg Abbott’s illustrations are second to none, and when combined with Fletcher’s story, really bring this story not only to life, but a step above the rest. Using mostly, blank space, Abbott relies on a very expressive and adorably cute dragon to carry the story, putting the focus back on Fletcher’s words and the readers action in a brilliantly clever show of story telling. Seriously, if I sound like I’m gushing over this picture book, it’s because I am. I simply can not get enough of it.

Incredibly imaginative, and uniquely interactive, There’s A Dragon In Your Book, is sure to be a crowd pleaser for readers of all ages. It’s the type of book I can’t help but recommending, and forcing on everyone I know, both young and old.

To purchase a copy of There’s A Dragon in Your Book, visit the following online retailers:

Penguin Books Australia | Booktopia | Book Depository | Angus & Robertson’s Bookworld | QBD | Dymocks | Amazon AUS | Amazon UK | Amazon US |

 

To learn more about Tom Fletcher, visit the following social media sites:

Penguin Random House Australia | Facebook | Instragram | Twitter | Youtube

To learn more about Greg Abbott, visit the following social media sites:

Tumblr | Twitter | Society6 | Inprnt |

 

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REVIEW: The All New Must Have Orange 430 by Michael Speechley

Published: 28th May 2018

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback Picture Book (Courtesy of the Publisher)

RRP: $24.99

4/5 Stars 

Harvey owned a heap of stuff, but could always use more. The ORANGE 430 was the latest and the greatest. Harvey wasn’t sure what it did, but he had to have it!

A cheeky picture book for anyone who’s bought a thingy or whatsit . . . and doesn’t quite know why. In his debut picture book, Michael Speechley explores our obsession with stuff in a fun and edifying way.

The All New Must Have Orange 430 by Michael Speechley is a picture book that is desperately needed in today’s world. With consumerism running riot, and children and adults a like falling victim to the ‘must-keep-up-with-the-Jones’ mentality day in and day out, it’s a relief to see a picture book that fills a much needed, but unnoticed gap in the market.

This book is designed to show children and adults a like that the we don’t need things to have fun, and that sometimes the all-new-must-item we have been converting and saving for and then spending way too much money on, is just a useless thing that will sit there collecting dust. I know I for one am guilty of doing just this.

Told through sepia inspired images, featuring only a mix of greys, browns, oranges and a dash of white, The All New Must Have Orange 430 is a book with a lot of layers. It speaks to the power of marketing, the impulse nature of the human psyche, desperation and mindlessness of consumerism and the need to collect things just to simply have it. The pages are filled with chaotic piles of unnecessary stuff and things, and the lack of colour gives off the bleak and over saturated world we live in a closed in feeling, illustrating just how much Harvey (the books main character) and ourselves need to break out of this devastating and unnecessary cycle.

The All New Must Have Orange 430 is the perfect educational tool for parents to explain to young, and not so young kids, about the value of money and things respectively, the dangers of rushing out and impulse buying unnecessary things. It’s a good financial training tool in that regard too, as it warns the reader of the dangers and wastage in needless and mindless spending and seeks to open the readers mind to a more imaginative and free world of creativity with what is around them. What’s more, I think its a narrative that is all too familiar to readers of all ages, young and not-so-young, who are not only guilty of doing the same thing as Harvey (the books main character), but who are probably in the process of carrying out similar actions even that week that they read the book.

The All New Must Have Orange 430 is a cleverly designed and thought out book; it seeks to challenge social norms and educate the reader on what exactly we do without thinking and the consequences that often meets. It’s the perfect educational tool to explain money and the value of things to children too.

To purchase a copy of The All New Must Have Orange 430, visit the following online retailers:

Penguin Books Australia | Booktopia | Book Depository | Dymocks | QBD |

 

To learn more about Michael Speechley, visit the following social media sites:

Penguin Random House Australia | Instagram

 

 

 

 

Waiting On Wednesday: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews

Weekly Meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

 

Published by: Hachette Australia

Expected Publication:  7th June 2018

An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

 

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Previously hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey; Now Hosted by Book Date

After all the Passionflix updates on the Driven movie (I seriously can not wait for this one), I decided it was time for a reread of the entire series.

 

Currently Reading:

Leah Burke – girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat – but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mum, and her life is decidedly less privileged. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends – not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting-especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

 

Rylee Thomas is used to being in control. But she’s about to meet the one man that just might make her enjoy losing it…

I am the exception to the rule.

In a world full of willing women, I’m a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He’s the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.

Colton crashes into my life like a tornado: sapping my control, testing my vulnerabilities beyond their limits, and unintentionally penetrating the protective wall around my healing heart. Tearing apart the world I rebuilt so carefully with structure, predictability, and discipline.

I can’t give him what he wants and he can’t give me what I need. But after a glimpse beneath his refined exterior into the dark secrets of his damaged soul, can I bring myself to walk away?

Our sexual chemistry is undeniable. Our individual need for complete control is irrefutable. But when our worlds collide, is the chemistry enough to bring us together or will our untold secrets and battle of wills force us apart?

 

Listening to:

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for 40 years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world.

Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr Cassandra Jane ‘CJ’ Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles.

The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong …

Get ready for action on a gigantic scale!

 

hoping TO read:

 

 

 

 

Just Finished:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

  

 

 

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REVIEW: A Court of Frost And Starlight by Sarah J Maas (A Court Of Thorns And Roses 3.1) 3.5/5 Stars

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Sunday Shelve It!

 

REVIEW: A Court of Frost And Starlight by Sarah J Maas (A Court Of Thorns And Roses 3.1)

Published: 1st May 2018

Publisher: Bloomsbury Ya

Pages: 229

Format: Hardback (Purchased)

RRP: $22.99

3.5/5 Stars

The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.

A Court Of Thorns And Roses (ACOTAR) is one of my favourite YA series at the moment. Each time a new book is announced, I per-order that baby as soon as I possibly can, and then wait not so patiently until the postman brings it to me. This most recent addition to the series, A Court Of Frost And Starlight (ACOFAS), was no different.

A Court Of Frost And Starlight (ACOFAS) is a bridging novella designed to fill the space from the dramatic conclusion of the third book, A Court Of Wings And Ruin(ACOWAR), and bridge the gap before the new book, which has no title or release date at present. Thus, to a certain extent, ACOFAS is kind of like the start, and the bridge connecting the new spin-off series from ACOTAR. It is NOT a full length, action packed novel, and anyone going in with that expectation, may find this latest offering from Sarah J Maas … well… lacking (for the sake of a better word).

Despite your views on novellas, and the idea of the bridging novella to connect to the two linked series, at the end of the day, I really enjoyed this latest release from Sarah J Maas. Let’s be honest, this woman is a YA Goddess, and I’d probably read her shopping list if I was ever so fortunate to see it. Her writing is powerful, emotive and full of intrigue and twists that I don’t necessarily see coming. That aside though, I enjoyed ACOFAS for what it was, a healing story giving the readers an update on how their much loved characters were fairing after the explosive end to the original ACOTAR trilogy. It doesn’t hurt either that aftermath stories, are one of my all time favourite novels to read.

All in all, ACOFAS is a sweet story, with not a lot of the fast paced and gritty action that we know and love Sarah J Maas for constantly delivering. Instead ACOFAS is a character motivated and driven piece, that allows the reader to glimpse each of the characters – Feyre, Rhysand, Cassian, More, Elain, Nesta, Azriel and Amren – as they seek to find their footing in the new post-war world.

Told from alternating character perspectives, and set in the lead up to the Winter Solstice, it’s a book with a whole lot of heart. With complex themes of family dynamics, the unforgettable and heavy price of war, and post war trauma, ACOFAS is a book that carries the heavier aspects of its story with just the right balance of heart, and well, fluff. It’s a light, easy to read book, and a blatantm but quite possibly necessary, filler between series, that fans of the series will enjoy as long as they don’t go in expecting a full length, action packed story.

 

To purchase a copy of A Court Of Frost And Starlight, visit the following online retailers:

Book Depository | Bloomsbury Aus | Booktopia | QBD | Kobo

To learn more about Sarah J Maas, visit the following social media sites:

Author Website | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr |

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Previously hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey; Now Hosted by Book Date

 

 

Currently Reading:

You can run, you can hide, but the truth will always find you.

Everly Jenkins knows darkness–but that doesn’t stop her living life to the max. Not until she meets Cameron Lewis, the tragic reminder of her past that she just can’t seem to shake.

Being “just friends” with a man who sends her soul flying and her body up in flames is near impossible–until her secrets come out, leaving her alone.

Will the darkness overcome her once again? Or will Everly fight for the man she loves and help him face the bitter truth?

 

A hilarious new rom-com from USA Today best-selling author Carmen Jenner.

Poppy Porter’s ex is getting married … to her ex-best friend. To land her dream job of partner in the most prestigious firm on the Upper East Side, Poppy must now pull double shifts as their wedding planner and maid of honor. And the icing on a truly craptastic cake? Leo Nass. Handsome, infuriating, womanizer, and … the best man. Despite their longstanding loathing, Poppy doesn’t see Leo coming. Literally.

One ruined cake.
One archnemesis.
One hour to save the wedding.

Can they put their hatred aside long enough to save Poppy’s job and Bridezilla’s head from exploding?

Piece of cake, right?

 

 

Listening to:

 

 

 

hoping TO read:

I’m at the police station. There’s blood splattered across my face and clothes. In this tiny room with walls the colour of winter sky I hug a black backpack full of treasures. Only one thing is certain . . . no one can ever forgive me for what I’ve done.

An unspeakable event changes everything. No more Mum, school or bed of her own. She’s made a ward of the state and grows up in a volatile world where kids make their own rules, adults don’t count and the only constant is change.

Until one day she meets Gwen, Matty and Spiral. Spiral is the most furious, beautiful boy Sophie has ever known. And as their bond tightens she finally begins to confront what happened in her past.

 

 

 

Just Finished:

   

  

 

Last week on the blog:

 

 

Sunday Shelve It!

Brought to you (and me) by Magan & Estelle @  Rather Be Reading

 

 

FOR REVIEW (Ebook)

 

 

FOR REVIEW (PRINT)

Harvey owned a heap of stuff, but could always use more. The ORANGE 430 was the latest and the greatest. Harvey wasn’t sure what it did, but he had to have it!

A cheeky picture book for anyone who’s bought a thingy or whatsit . . . and doesn’t quite know why. In his debut picture book, Michael Speechley explores our obsession with stuff in a fun and edifying way.

OH LOOK, there’s an EGG in your book!

But this isn’t any old egg – there’s a dragon in it . . . And pretty soon she has set your book ON FIRE. OH NO!

Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott have created a fantastically interactive sequel to their bestselling There’s a Monster in Your Book. Children will love stroking, poking and flapping the book to make magic happen as they turn the pages. Can they help Little Dragon find a way to stop the fire and fly off on her own adventure?

 

Purchased (Print)

The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.

 

Purchased (Ebook)

From two USA Today bestselling authors comes a tale of miscommunication and muffins.

Romy Love knows weddings. As the author of a hugely successful wedding blog, you’d think she’d have love covered. It is her last name, after all.
When it comes to her big day, Romy has the flowers picked out, a dress collecting dust in the back of her closet, and a preacher on standby. There’s just one problem: the groom doesn’t know it yet.

Romy has eyes for the Italian coffee god and single dad who owns the bakery in her building—she also has plans for his delicious buns—but in order to get her happily-ever-after, she has a few things to check off her list first:

Lose twenty pounds

Take over the blogging world one wedding at a time

Make Coffee Hottie fall in love with me

Yeah, this shouldn’t be difficult at all.

 

 

 

purchased (Audiobooks)