Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Cats Pamela S. Wight, #Bears Sue Wickstead, #Chocolate Robbie and Michael Cheadle, #Travel Darlene Foster,#Horses Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Welcome to the Children’s Christmas book fair with books for children up to the age of twelve years old. All of which would make great gifts.

The first book is for all children who love pets, but in particular cats. Molly Finds Her Purr by Pamela S. Wight

About the book

Molly the Cat is lonely. No matter how hard she tries to make friends with birds, they all fly away from her. Even other cats don’t seem to like her. Friendless, Molly has no purr. But a wisecracking squirrel opens Molly’s eyes to a world in which friendship comes in all sizes, shapes, and species.

This delightful tale with dazzling illustrations sparkles with sweet insight that makes all readers purr with pleasure at the end.

One of the recent reviews for the book

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable book about friendship  Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2020

Molly is a stray who sees a pampered cat named Clara purring as she gets some loving from her owner. Molly wants a purr too, but has trouble finding it, since life on her own is pretty lonely. That all changes when she encounters Petey the squirrel and a couple of other friendly creatures who create a circle of friends.

This is a lovely story about friendship and belonging. As a rescuer of feral cats, I happen to know that inside every cat there’s a purr waiting to come out. How true for people too. The sweet message of friendship and kindness will resonate with children, young and old. Beautiful illustrations and perfect for preschoolers.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

Also by Pamela S. Wight for children

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – follow Pamela : Goodreads – website:Rough Wighting  – Twitter: @pamelawight

The next author today is Sue Wickstead with her recent release Barty Barton: The Bear That Was Loved Too Much

About the book

‘What happens when you outgrow your teddy bear? Will you let it go?Barty was a special teddy bear. He was soft, cuddly and always made you smile.All the loving cuddles had flattened him over time, his nose bent to one side and his paws needed repairing.But he was too full of memories to be thrown away. Thomas had loved Barty but now he was grown up and going to be a daddy himself. Would he want Barty for his new baby?

An early review for the book

Su 5.0 out of 5 stars What a Bear~utiful story Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2020

Barty Barton reminds me of my own little teddy bear he is called Snowy and has beautiful blue, now sadly dull eyes. He like, Barty needs some serious repairs. I loved how all Barty’s little toy friends rallied round to offer reassurance when Barty was so scared. Such beautiful illustrations too. A truly delightful read for the young or those simply young at heart like myself.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

A selection of other books by Sue Wickstead

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK –  And: Amazon US –  More reviews: Goodreads –  Website/Blog: Sue Wickstead –  Facebook: Stories Sue –  Facebook: Teacher Page – Twitter: @JayJayBus – LinkedIn: Sue Wickstead

The next book is a combined story and cookbook which is great for both parents and children to explore baking. Sir Chocolate and the Strawberry Cream Berries by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

About the book

The adventures of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet in poetry form. Michael came up with the idea of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet and many of the characters contained in the books, when he was ten years old. His ideas were such fun that Robbie decided to turn them into little verse books for his entertainment. The book contains recipes for children to make with adult assistance.

One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Strawberry Cream Berries

Sep 20, 2020 EnchantedCat rated it Five Stars

This is just adorable. I’ve read several books by this author. When I saw “strawberries” I thought of my niece, who likes strawberries “berry” much. I got it for her and we got to read it together over Zoom. She loved it.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon US


Read the reviews and buy the books :Amazon US And:Amazon UK – Robbie on : Goodreads – blog: Robbie’s Inspiration- Twitter: @bakeandwrite

The next book today is for older children who might already have the travel bug, Amanda in Alberta by Darlene Foster.

About the book

Amanda is delighted to show Leah around Alberta during her visit from England. They take in the Calgary Stampede, go on a cattle drive, visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, spend time with the dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and explore the crazy Hoodoos.When Amanda finds a stone with a unique mark on it, she doesn’t think it’s important until everyone seems to want it – including a very ornery cowboy. Is this stone worth ruining Leah’s holiday and placing them both in danger?Spend time with Amanda as she explores her own country while attempting to decipher the mysterious writing on the stone and keep it from those determined to take it from her.

A recent review for the book

tpolen 5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!  Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2020

This is my first time ‘meeting’ Amanda and while there are several books in the series, I chose this one because I traveled to Calgary earlier this year and visited some of the places mentioned in the description.

What a delightful story! Amanda is excited to spend time with her friend, Leah, and show her around during her holiday with Amanda’s family. I really enjoyed ‘re-visiting’ some of these places with them, while also learning new facts. Being a dinosaur nerd (I love that great aunt Mary is a paleontologist), I wish we’d been able to visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum and see the World’s Biggest Dinosaur – maybe on our next visit.

Amanda is intelligent, feisty, and adventure-loving, and her inquisitive nature soon draws the girls into a mystery which results in some perilous situations. They run into some pretty unsavory characters while trying to learn more about the markings on the stone.

The author does a wonderful job of blending educational facts with a mystery and adventure that will thrill young (and older!) readers. These are quick reads I’d highly recommend, and I look forward to traveling with Amanda to more destinations.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Darlene Foster


Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website/BlogDarlene Foster WordPress – Goodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @supermegawoman

And finally today a lovely book for horse lovers by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne and Charlie the Horse

About the book

Charlie is an adorable young horse. He wants to be a famous racehorse like his dad, Charles the Great. But he doesn’t like to focus on his work. He’d rather munch on flowers. Who helps him progress toward his big dream? What happens when he has trouble on the racetrack. Does he persevere? Does his dream come true?

Charlie’s story will help your child learn the importance of working hard, setting goals and persevering.

Your child will enjoy this tale that Charlie narrates.

A recent review for the book

Susan Brougher VINE VOICE  5.0 out of 5 stars Encouragement and determination win out  Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2020

This book took me back to my own childhood and to my sister who loved horses. At seven years old she finally got the pony of her dreams after saving change in large Mason jar. She named him Peanuts and rode him all over our many acres of country. We had a Morgan work horse that hauled wood for our stove. I loved those trips into the woods following along the road with our beautiful big horse as it pulled a trailer of wood back home readying for the cold winter ahead. Now to the book told from Charlie the horse as he grew from a colt to a fine horse that won important races by working hard in training.

The people in his life and his mom and dad gave him tender care and positive encouragement along the way which helped him to become successful at racing, something he loved to do. He learned to keep going even when discouraged and things didn’t go his way. He did his best and enjoyed the reward of a job well-done. The story unfolded in an easy to follow format with nice black and white images. I’d forgotten about horses needing milk and I enjoyed the humor here and there as Charlie was distracted by eating flowers and watching butterflies. I love flowers too although I don’t eat many like he did. The short explanation of horse-related terms gave readers a peek into the world of horse racing. I highly recommend this inspirational story for children and adults alike. Check out the trailer video. It’s really cute!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Deanie Humphrys- Dunne

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UKFollow Deanie Humphrys- Dunne : Goodreads – website: Children’s books with Life Lessons – Twitter: @DeanieHDunne


Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some gifts to share.. thanks Sally.

19 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Cats Pamela S. Wight, #Bears Sue Wickstead, #Chocolate Robbie and Michael Cheadle, #Travel Darlene Foster,#Horses Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

  1. Thank you, Sally! All great ones, and on my list for gifting and recommending. In the now following lockdown -the end is her not forseen – children need distraction too. Robbies’ and Michaels books are proviing also so much fun for young mothers, cleaning up the kitchen after their kids had made usage of it. Lol – Sorry! Baking with kids is the best one can do. Michael

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