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12 Days of Picture Books – Pom Pom Panda Gets The Grumps

3rd December 2015

Books are the absolute BEST gift to give (and receive) this time of year. Or anytime of year quite frankly. A gorgeous picture book is a perfect way to show a little person in your life that you adore them. Why not gift them a book that will make them smile like Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps by Sophy Henn.

Look at that grumpy face!

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This is a story about a little panda named Pom Pom who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, and is just a total grump. This is me, Monday to Friday – although I do tend to perk up on the weekends.  This adorable tale follows Pom Pom on his grumpy day where nothing seems to go right, all the way until he gets to school. I wonder how his friends will feel about his grumpy attitude?

Pom Pom Panda is a sweet picture book that any little person would enjoy. The illustrations are SOOOO cute – just love them.

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That is a face to love.

Would you like to win a copy for yourself?? For the next twelve days, Penguin Kids is giving away some of the best picture books, several of which I will be highlighting on my blog. To enter to win one of TWO copies of Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps, head on over to the Penguin Kids Facebook Page TODAY!! This particular giveaway will end 11:59 PM EST on 12/04/15. GOOD LUCK!

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Max and Marla #books

21st October 2015


Max and Marla is the story of Max and his bestie, his pet owl, Marla. But they’re not just besties, they’re also teammates AND Olympians. They’re adorably sweet, ingenious and always prepared.

This is just the loveliest children’s book about dreams, perseverance and friendship. They just refuse to give up on their Olympic dreams, no matter what is thrown their way.

The illustrations are perfectly matched to this sweet tale, from their matching outfits to the cute doughnut medals, each page will make you smile.


My nine year old thought Max and Marla was “really cute and funny” and I would have to agree. It’s adorable and perfect for children aged 3 years and up, although I’m a big fan of reading picture books to the younger babes too.

Max and Marla is the debut title by Alexandra Boiger, as both the author and the illustrator. It is published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, and is available in stores now.

MailaTale – A Review

23rd April 2012

I first heard about Mailataile (Mail a Tale – love the cute name) on Twitter, and immediately thought it was a genius idea.

There are so many monthly subscription programs out there – from makeup to food and wine – so I thought one that focuses on books and kids was really fantastic.

For a monthly fee of $28.95 CDN (Yes, it’s a Canadian company!), each month, your child will receive 2-3 books (of full retail value) that have been hand picked for your child. When you subscribe, you fill in a detailed form about your child, their age, their likes and what types of books you’re looking for. This form is then used to make sure each of the monthly packages you receive is tailored to your child.

The packages focus on children aged up to 10 years of age, and may include paperback and/or hardback books .

I was lucky enough to receive a package to review, for my five year old daughter.

It was a surprise for her, so she was thrilled when I told her she had received very special mail.

<——— This is the face of a happy, smiling child who loves to read!

Inside the package which had been wrapped carefully and finished off with a Mailatale sticker, was a card with the month’s theme. March’s theme was “Be Yourself” and it said, “This month we celebrate all the things that make you – you.”

All three books we received then held to that theme of being yourself – such a great touch I thought.

The card also had a handwritten hello to my daughter, which made her feel very special.

The March books we received were:

Splat the Cat Sings Flat by Rob Scotton (paperback) – $4.99

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts (paperback) – $8.00

Piggy Bunny by Rachel Vail (hardback) – $16.99

As you can see, the books received equal what you pay each month, and with free shipping, you get exactly what you pay for.

The five year old loved all the books and we’ve read all three several times since.

Of course, there is a chance that you may receive a book that you already have – personally, I think these “doubles” are a great way to add to your gift closet since there are so many kids’ birthdays throughout the year. Or you can always pass it along to a friend, or donate it to your school library.

I just think this is a wonderful way to share the love of reading with your children, in a special way, each and every month.

I’m happy to rave about it because it’s just a wonderful idea. I’m glad I discovered them!

You can find Mailatale on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

The Much Adored Shel Silverstein

22nd March 2010

I ADORE Shel Silverstein and all of his books and poetry. The man was a genius, pure and simple. His books were some of the first books that I purchased many years ago. Once you begin to read his work, you soon realize that his writing is meant to be enjoyed, and is, by everyone. I really appreciate his quirkiness, his sense of humour, and his odd, yet witty drawings.

I have all of his books, and often pull them out to read to my little people, although honestly, have found myself lingering well after bedtime stories have ended. In honour of today’s announcement, that his second posthumous collection will be published in 2011, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite poems. Although, picking just two is almost impossible.



Small as a peanut,

Big as a giant,

We’re all the same size

When we turn off the light.

Rich as a sultan,

Poor as a mite,

We’re all worth the same

When we turn off the light.

Re, black or orange,

Yellow or white,

We all look the same,

When we turn off the light.

So maybe the way

To make everything right

Is for God to just reach out

And turn off the light!



So what if it drizzles

And dribbles and drips?

I’ll splash in the garden,

I’ll dance on the roof.

Let it rain on my skin,

It can’t get in –

I’m waterproof.


Just reading his stuff makes me happy. Do you have a favorite Shel Silverstein poem or book? I would love to hear it!

For the Love of Reading

21st June 2009

Books – they are my absolute favorite thing. Just being around books makes me happy, which is why I love to spend time in bookstores. As a young child, I was a voracious reader. I was that little kid that always carried a book – to the store, to my dad’s restaurant, even to church. And although my parents couldn’t read to me in English, they encouraged it all the time. My mom would take me to the library often, and I would come home very happy, with a bag full of books. It was all about reading for me.nikobook

When I was pregnant with my first child, I knew how important books had been to me as a little girl and I wanted to instill the love of reading in him as well. Before he was even born, I had purchased enough children’s books to fill an entire bookshelf. I read to him all the time. I would look for cues from him to decide what new book I would pick up next, whether it be a new interest in animals, cars, or other babies. By reading consistently with him, he was able to learn to count, say his abcs, identify colours and shapes all by the age of 3, as has his little sister. I pride myself in knowing that both my kids love books now as much as I do, as evident by the hundreds of books in our home. No matter how the day has gone, I know it will end with my kids snuggled up close to me, while we read our bedtime stories. They insist on it, and I’m glad they do.

Funny children’s books are very popular in our house – my kids love them. Our absolute favorite right now is The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers. Olive Jeffers is both the author and illustrator of his books, and he is hysterical. This book is so creative and so funny that my kids cannot get enough of it. In fact, we adore all of his books, and read them often. This particular book is about a boy who likes to eat books. He discovers that the more he reads, the smarter he gets. But when he starts eating too many books too quickly, both his mind and his body revolt. When he’s told that he has to stop eating the books, he realizes that he actually loves to read the books that he used to eat. The illustrations are perfectly matched to the words, and make my kids giggle hysterically. You will enjoy reading this book, just as much as the kids will enjoy listening to it. nikojeffers

I am always on the lookout for fun, new storybooks for my kids. As I mentioned before, I love to talk about books, and we have many favorites, so I think I would like to make this a weekly post. Hopefully it will give you and your kids some new books to look out for. Please leave us a comment and let us know if you’ve ever read this book, or any by Oliver Jeffers. I would also love to hear what you think about the book, and any suggestions you think we should check out.

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