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The Adventures of the Valley Fairies – A Children’s Book Review

**I must disclose that I was gifted this book from a friend of ours. I was always going to write about it because I’m so proud of him. However I must disclose that my views are completely my own and my recommendation wholly genuine. **

Have you ever read a book that when read aloud sounds completely different to reading it quietly in your head?

I’ve never been a huge reader, until I had George. Now we read every day and it’s obviously always aloud as George hasn’t learnt to read yet.

Now if there was ever a book that should be brought to life aloud it was this. The Adventures of the Valley Fairies, New Beginnings by Matthew C. Hasler. Set in the Welsh Valleys, this is a wondrous tale about fairies and magic and everything nature.

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A little about Matthew, or Matt as I know him. We met through our love of the local footie team and always chewed each others ears off whilst watching the match.

As the book intro will tell you, Matt relocated with his wife and their cat from Essex to Maesteg in South Wales. He and his wife also own and run a fabulous craft shop in Maesteg which is well worth a visit if you are local to that area. Checkout Florries on their Facebook page and Instagram @florriesmaesteg1 .

The book follows the adventures of 4 young fairies, Holly, Bridee, Poppy, and Keirah as they enter the world and learn its ways. With the guidance of their elder Mama Rose, they soon learn that not everyone in the world is true to their word.
As they go on a quest to find the source of a noise coming from the mountains they learn how to work as a team, a family even. Solving problems and making friends along the way, it isn’t long before they meet the baddies of the tale.
I won’t spoil the story for you but it definitely reads like part of a series. Ending with a huge suggestion there will be a second instalment to get excited about.
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Throughout the book, Matt describes the surroundings so beautifully. Alongside the illustrations, you really begin to imagine the story unfolding right in front of you. He makes it so easy to visualise the goings on in the story.

The story is being marketed for 6-12 year olds but George loved it at 4 years old. There are 11 short chapters over 50 pages.

If you would like to grab yourself a copy of The Adventures of the Valley Fairies, it’s on sale in Waterstones and Foyles.

You can also get all the latest info on The Valley Fairies on their Facebook page.

World Book Day – A review of Harold Huxley and Friends by Emma R McNally

World Book Day is upon us so what better time to tell you all about an author I met at the local Christmas Fayre at the end of last year.

Emma R McNally is the Essex based author and illustrator of Harold Huxley and friends. Her books are aimed at children aged between 3 and 7 years but we have enjoyed reading them to a two year old George. She’s such a lovely, smiley, friendly lady, and we spent time at the fayre chatting to her and her partner before purchasing 4 books from her series. All of which she kindly signed for us.

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To start with, let me tell you about the books. We chose 3 of the Harold Huxley rhyming picture books. Book 2, Dragons can fly! Book 4, The snow creatures’ secret. And Book 5, the magical beeley bugs. Each book follow Harold the ‘househog’ , and his best friend Lamb. We follow them on their amazing adventures, encountering dragons, magical flower colouring bugs and snow creatures.

Both my husband and I love reading these rhyming books as they can almost turn into a song. They are also a great way to help George’s learning as we often get him to repeat the last word of the rhyme and the next time we read the book, see if he can remember what it is before we say it. He usually astounds us. The books feel very personal as you know Emma has been fully involved by both writing and illustrating the stories.

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Finally, the fourth book we purchased was ‘The Cloudosaurus Rex’. George being a dinosaur fan led us towards this title. Emma categorises this book as a rhyming picture book with actions. It’s all about the Cloudosaurus, who lives in the sky. His mood that day determines what weather we will have. The book has a repeating theme on each page, directing the reader to follow certain actions;

“Stand on one leg and close one eye.

Tilt your head and look to the sky.

Can you see him? what is his mood?

Should we wear sandals or a snuggly snood?”

it’s a pleasure to watch George enjoying taking part in these actions. As the rhyme continues we have even found a way of incorporating the cat into it by giving her a little scratchy rub on the head as we say snood.

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Most notably Emma has recently announced that she is releasing two new titles aiming to be published in time for Easter 2017. To keep up to date with everything going on in the world of Emma and her books, visit The Adventures of Harold Huxley

It may seem like this review is rather discreet in the information I am giving regarding the books, but I wouldn’t like to spoil the stories for you.

Overall, I feel these will be a part of our reading favs for a while to come, as George ages and learns to read himself. The layout of the books is perfect and the text is large and easy to follow. The pictures have a hand-drawn quality about them and make the story easy for little ones to follow. George particularly enjoyed looking for the hidden spider on each page of the ‘Dragons can Fly’ book.

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I can certainly recommend them. If you purchase them via the website (link above) Emma will send you a personalised signed copy.

Have a wonderful World book day, hopefully discovering new books for you and your little one to enjoy.

Until next time…..