Both of these books have been read and reviwed on behalf the Kindle Book Review. I recieved a free copy of these books in return for a fair and honest review
Counting to Ten and Sharing My Easter Eggs
This is a lovely ebook that uses rhymes to guide your child from 1-10.
Some of the rhymes are slightly tenuous but, it’s a nice little ebook that is well illustrated. I read this on Kindle for Ipad so the colour images displayed well. I’m not sure how well it work on the older Kindle models.
The book is short and colourful and the images used to help the narrator share their Easter eggs will also allow for some other discussions too as your child learns more about the world (ie what colour is that number, counting the eggs etc).
A nice book to add to the collection for a little learning to count.
Billy and the Monster who liked to fart
I struggled with this book if I am honest. I wanted to like it, and I wanted to really see the appeal but there is something missing for me.
The story follow Billy who makes up his friend ‘Monster’ and blames monster for ‘farting’ when it is, in actual fact Billy.
I would like to have seen more be made about Billy having an imaginary friend (something that I suspect many young children do) and maybe some moral about how you shouldn’t blame your behaviou on others.
That said, I guess you could follow up this kind of thing with your child anyway after reading the book.
The book is colourful and the illustrations are nice too. I read this on the kindle for ipad app, so I am not sure how it would work on the older (black and white) kindle models, but then I guess a young child probably wouldn’t find the older kindle models as engaging?
The following two books have been read and reviewed on behalf of the Kindle Book Review
Haee The cat with a crooked tail (Haee and the other middlings)
This is an interesting book, focusing on the ideas of need versus want, what is self-fulfillment and exploring our motivations.
Its a short read, interspersed with beautiful images of Haee and the other characters.
I’m not sure that I really ‘got’ this book on the first read, and I suspect it is one of those books that you can turn to again and again and find different things, dependent upon your mood.
it is thought provoking as we see the human characters stuck in a life they think they should lead, rather than perhaps the one they want to lead. I suspect that a young adolescent would take the most from this book as they sit at a crossroad in life, making choices that will impact their future.
All in all an intriguing, well designed ebook. It is well edited and a well thought out and put together package.
The second book… The Unconventional Life of Haee (Haee and the other middlings)
Another wonderfully illustrated book from R.S. Vern, again following the life of Haee, the middling cat….
This book again observes those that are not quite pursuing a ‘normal’ life but also looks at the consequences of everyone being a middling… it doesn’t quite work, everyone (and thing) has a place in the world, and they contribute, each in their own way, no matter how trivial that contribution may be!
The images in the book are again wonderful, and really capture the idea of Haee and his other friends.
Certainly a quick and easy read that will provoke different ideas each time you pause to read it.
My Rating 4 / 5
This book was read for and on behalf of the Kindle Book Review.
A Fatal Verdict is the second in the Sarah Newby Trial trilogy. My reviews for Book 1 and Book 3 can be here and here.
The book follows the story of a family whose daughter dies at her boyfriend’s flat. He alleges suicide, they murder. What is clear is that David Kidd is a nasty piece of work. The story follows the police investigation, the trial and the fall out from the trial judgement.
A series of mistakes are made throughout the police investigations, and the story uncovers these. The first book in the trilogy, A Game of Proof, is focussed very much on Sarah as the lawyer and her story in how she managed to bring herself from a very difficult background into her role at the Bar. The third book also focuses quite heavily on Sarah Newby as she finds herself entwined within a case. A Fatal Verdict is slightly different, for me Vicary puts much more emphasis on the investigation and the processes of the investigation, the guilt that can reside for Officers when they get things wrong, and how there can be far greater fall out and far reaching consequences for everyone.
Vicary does an excellent job of describing the court room battles without making it dull or boring; he brings the drama of the court room to life, all set against the back drop of the beautiful city of York; a place Vicary clearly knows well when his descriptive writing.
The story is a sad one; you never really feel like justice has been served, more that you see the fallibility of investigating authorities, and the moral dilemmas all involved. DCI Bateson feels much guilt for his part in what happens, but what about Sevendra Bhose…. For me his guilt is just as strong, but Vicary doesn’t take this part of the story back full circle, which was a little disappointing for me.
All in all, a very satisfying trilogy of books.