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 is a rather long book by Louise Douglas, and follows Olivia who had been widowed following her husband being involved in a car accident.
Olivia isn’t welcomed by her husband’s family. Her mother and sister in law really dislike her and she is excluded from decisions about her late husbands burial and memorial.
Louise Douglas has a lovely writing style, it flows well and is easy to read. Her writing is evocative and you can feel Olivia’s grief following the death of Luca. There were sections of the book that seemed to drag and were slightly repetitive but the story is easy to follow and develops well.
The second half alternates between the present day and Olivia’s teenage years when she meets Luca, and it becomes clear why she is disliked so much by Angela and Nathalie. The ending was a little disappointing, however, as the nod of acceptance seemed superficial and false. By the end of the book any sympathies I felt for Olivia had vanished as it was clear she was knowingly hurting Nathalie further.
I’ve enjoyed this book and as proof have downloaded the second book by Louise Douglas, which I look forward to starting soon.