Robot City Adventures

Robot City Adventures are a series of comic style books from Templar Publishing, there are currently 7 books available and we were sent four titles to have a look at. These Robot City Adventures by Paul Collicutt are called, City in Peril, Rust Attack, Murder on the Robot City Express and The Indestructible Metal men. The RRP for these books starts at £5.99, and I think are good value for money. Have a look at the Robot City Website for more information on the books and a father cool introduction!

As you might expect the illustrations for the Robot City books are dark and action packed, with matt paper that feels just like a retro comic. The covers however are brought to life with exciting holographic metallic illustrations that shine out at you from the front covers.

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The stories tell of heroic robots, that work alongside there human counterparts in Robot City. We started by reading City in Peril the first book in the series. City in Peril starts with the Coastguard robot Curtis setting out to help the stricken oil rig Red Star 3. After rescuing the men and robots Curtis goes on to put out the fire raging on the rig before returning everyone safely to the city. This is not the end of the excitement as Curtis goes on to battle an eight tentacled se monster before returning harmony to Robot City.

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The books are a great way to get children to read as they are less threatening than a whole white page full of words. The only thing I noticed was like comic books the text is all in capitals, in the past the boy has struggled with this as he was learning to read, but is confident now to read these fairly easily. For this reason I would say older readers will enjoy these a lot, and the boy thinks they are great as they are full of adventure. I felt that these books had a lovely moral to them, with everyone working together to look after everyone who lives in the city. The robots certainly seem to have very humanistic traits, as well as names.

If you would like more information on where you can get hold of a copy of the books, to download some great wallpapers, or just want to look at the robots in more detail visit the Robot City Website. We enjoyed reading about the different robots of Robot City, and as the last of my #WorldBookDay giveaways we are pleased to be able to offer you the chance to win these four titles woth RRP £25.96. Simply complete the rafflecopter below and keep your fingers crossed!

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Eggnogg FREE colour-in picture book

Do your kids love stories and colouring in then this may just be the #WorldBookDay story for them. Eggnogg offer a fun range of colour-in products from cards and stickers to the more unusual, placemats and table cloths. have a look at their website, Facebook and Twitter pages for fun party, and more rainy day colouring in.

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For #WorldBookDay they are offering you the chance to download a copy of Under the Weather Wendy, a colour in picture book. This fun book tells the story of Wendy who is really not having the best of days. We can all identify with these days I am sure the ones where a small black cloud is following you all day. What will happen to wendy? you will have to download and find out.

Under the Weather Wendy can be downloaded for FREE HERE today for #WorldBookDay, normal download price is 99p

What are you doing for World Book Day?

This Thursday 6 March is World Book Day, and schools, libraries and more will be getting busy celebrating books and raising funds and awareness for Book Aid International.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, even if you haven’t entered one of the giveaways, chances are that you’re a big fan of books.

But sadly in some other countries, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa, books are not in such plentiful supply – meaning that communities don’t have access to the information, imagination and inspiration that we take so much for granted.
That’s why Book Aid International sends over half a million books each year to mobile libraries, universities, schools, hospitals and more to change the lives of children and adults in 12 African countries.
Each individual book goes on a long journey towards making a difference:


And it’s because we want more of these books to go on that journey that we ask people to do something for World Book Day. From reading to quizzes to parties and more, there are plenty of ideas for you to try.
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Thank you to Book Aid international for this guest post, I have enjoyed finding out more about the journey of books, and how they can help people in other coutries not just our own.

Bizzy Butterfly Audiobooks

Bizzy Butterfly has two new Audiobooks on CD, available now for just £3 each these are great value and a brilliant way to encourage young readers to enjoy stories.

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Bizzy the Butterfly and the over the log frog

Bizzy the Butterfly meets a frog – but he’s stuck behind a log! Join Bizzy for music, fun and lots of riiiibbits in the Big, Big Garden.

 

Bizzy the Butterfly and the Mysterious Mousey Muncher

Somebody has been eating Bizzy the Butterfly’s cabbages – who could it be? Join Bizzy on another adventure in the Big, Big Garden where she makes a new friend and learns all about sharing.

Theses charming stories combine spoken word with music, illustrations and games, the stories provide endless opportunities for your child to play, learn and explore their imagination. For more information or to buy these great stories visit the Bizzy Butterfly website, Facebook or Twitter pages.

If you would like the chance to win a copy of each of these fun tales than simply enter the rafflecopter below.

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Dinosaur Roar by Paul and Henrietta Stickland

Dinosaur Roar by Paul and Henrietta Stickland is celebrating its 20th Birthday on 27th March 2014 a new anniversary hardback edition and paperback will be published to celebrate.

This much loved book is one I remember borrowing from the library when the boy was smaller and with bright illustrations and rhyming text, what is there not to love about this book. The book teaches children in simple text opposites like, above and below, strong and week, and is a great book for small children to start to recognise letter shapes and words.

HB Dinosaur Roar

Lots of children have a huge love of anything to do with dinosaurs, so along with the Natural History Museum Random house are releasing these two new publications of a classic book that has sold over 5 million copy’s worldwide. You will be able to find some interesting dinosaur roar facts on the new website nearer the launch, as well as some new and exciting new titles in the coming months. This Easter you will also have the chance to visit a special display created at the National History museum to celebrate the book.

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If you would like the chance to win a copy of this new Anniversary edition of Dinosaur Roar then why not enter the rafflecopter below.

News Flash!! Paul Stickland has offered to sign the book for the winner! so get entering…

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  • Winner will be drawn by the Rafflecopter randomly.
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Star Wars Complete Vehicles Encyclopedia

Star Wars Complete Vehicles Encyclopedia is available from DK Books for RRP £30. This amazingly detailed hard back book is perfect for every eight year old Star Wars crazy fan! The boy was excited to find out more, and with over 200 pages of facts and illustrations of space ships it will take him a while to get through this book.

Star Wars

With detailed explanations of the functions of each craft, the technology involved in each and super detailed images, this book is truly awesome! The book has been split into films from Episode I right through to Return of the Jedi, with a Vehicle Technical Data and index at the back. There are also double page fold out sections for some of the larger craft. Each page is further enhanced by the addition of still photos from the films, and interesting facts about how vehicles were made for each film shoot.

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The boy has enjoyed this book, and I think will enjoy coming back to it for many years to come. If you would like the chance to win this book along with over £100 other fantastic titles from DK books then enter the giveaway below, more details of the titles included in this prize can be found here.

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Disclaimer we were sent this book to review, the opinions remain our own.
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Another chance to win Dinogami

Dinogami is a fab new book from Parragon Books RRP £8.00 the kit includes an awesome book of ideas with 20 scaly papers and a ready-made dinosaur as an example.

Contents

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The book starts with a Pteranadon, using one sheet of the pre-printed papers this is a great and easy starter model. The boy enjoyed making this model and there were two papers supplied so we were able to sit side by side and the boy copied my folds.

Here is another chance to win a copy of Dinogami from Parragon books in this rafflecopter giveaway.

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Bloomsburys New Teenage Titles

Bloomsbury Publishing have a great assortment of Teenage Titlesand her are just three set to hit the bookshelves for early Februray.

Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman a collection of short stories and tales of mythical beasts, and creatures you don’t find in a zoo! RRP £8.99

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The griffin, the sunbird, manticores, unicorns – all manner of glorious creatures never captured in zoos, museums or photographs are packed vividly into this collection of stories. Neil Gaiman has included some of his own childhood favourites alongside stories classic and modern to spark the imagination of readers young and old.

Winter Damage by Natasha Carthew tells the tale of Ennor living in a trailer on the Cornish Moors with her Dad and Brother. With her father ill, school shut and her brother about to be taken away, Ennor sets of on a journey to find her mother. RRP £6.99

Winter Damage

Ennor thinks she knows where she’s going. But this journey will change her life for ever – it becomes a battle for survival, a heartbreaking story of love and friendship, and a fable about not finding what you were looking for, but finding something more important instead .

Earthfall by Mark Walden described as “Think Gone meets independence Day” this all action story tells of Sam in an action packed, thriller which is set to have more stories to follow. RRP £6.99

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Sam wakes to see strange vessels gathered in the skies around London. As he stares up, people stream past, walking silently towards the enormous ships which emit a persistent noise. Only Sam seems immune to the signal.

For more about these exciting new titles from Bloomsbury visit the website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Or for your chance to win one of each simply complete the rafflecopter below.

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Boo! by Tracey Corderoy

Boo! by Tracey Corderoy is a new book from Little Tiger Press RRP £5.99 this paperback is a charming tale of a little rabbit who just cant keep still. Available from the Little Tiger website and online, I am sure this will become a much loved classic.

Hullabaloo the rabbit loves playing boo! But when he jumps out to surprise his friends he causes chaos – Squirrel lands in a puddle… splat! Hedgehog topples over… crash! And poor Timid Mouse bursts into tears! “NO MORE BOOS!” everyone shouts. Whatever will Hullabaloo do?

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To win a copy of this fantastic new book why not complete the rafflecopter below.
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  • The prize details are stated at the top of the Rafflecopter, and no alternatives will be offered.
  • The prize will be posted by the promoter, unfortunately I cannot be held responsible or replace missing parcels. Please contact me if there is a problem.
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Opal Moonbaby Forever by Maudie Smith

Opal Moonbaby Forever by Maudie Smith, the new book from Orion children’s books, is a great story of Martha who’s best friend is an alien called Opal.

Martha’s best friend is an alien called Opal. Opal Moonbaby can move things with her eyes, make popcorn fountains, and travel all over the world in her very own spaceship and Martha can’t imagine life without her. But Opal’s time on Earth is almost at an end. They have one final summer together. So why is Opal acting so strangely all of a sudden?

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This charming story of love and friendship with aliens thrown in for good measure this will be the perfect book for fans of authors like Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy or Liz Kessler. If you would like more information on the Moonbaby series of books please visit Maudie Smiths website, or you can talk to her on twitter here.

I have two copies of this great new book to giveaway and for your chance you have to enter the rafflecopter below.

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  • The prize details are stated at the top of the Rafflecopter, and no alternatives will be offered.
  • The prize will be posted by the promoter, unfortunately I cannot be held responsible or replace missing parcels. Please contact me if there is a problem.
  • #World Book Day  please allow 28 days from notification for all prizes to arrive
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