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 author today is Doug Parker with a lovely collection of bedtime stories for five to nine year olds – 6 Six Minute Bedtime Stories
About the collection
For lovers of tea parties, fairies, pirates, space racers, mermaids and witches!Join the girls as their everyday activities turn into unexpected adventures! Will Margaret’s Tea Party get rained out? Will Melody Mermaid recover her stolen voice? Will Space Racer Annie win the Tri-Planetary Cup?These quick stories take about six minutes for an adult to read aloud, and are written simply enough for older children to read without help. Bond with your child through family story-time and encourage a habit of life-long reading!Includes these stories:Messy Margaret’s Magical Tea PartyThe Mermaid and the WampusThe Treasure of Captain GreenbeardFairy Cakes for the QueenThe Tri-Planetary CupThe Good WitchFor Children Ages 5-9
One of the recent reviews for the book by Kirsty of the The Midnight Review November 11th 2020
We love bedtime stories and I’m always looking to expand our collection. My daughter is at the age where she wants more from a story but isn’t ready for chapter books. She loses interest in them. Six-minute stories is a great transition from picture story books to chapters.
Each story is unique and features a different female lead. Doug also covers a range of genres in here which I very much appreciate. The stories are short and punchy, full of imagination and fun.
A personal favourite of ours is The Tri-Planetary Cup, space racer Annie and her robot crew mate Max race across space solving clues to try and win the cup.
That actually brings me to my one critique, there are no illustrations. Adjacent to each chapter starting there is a blank page crying out for an illustration from the story. My daughter is moving on to longer stories but still enjoys a picture, even black and white ones.
I also think this would be a great way to add some diversity to the book. Like a lot of people I am looking to expand the books my children have to show a wide range of faces and abilities.
Over all we have really loved adding this to our collection. My daughter loves it when her brother reads a bedtime story to her and he can easily read this out loud for her. My daughter is 5 and my son 9.
The next book by Elizabeth Jade would make a great gift as part of a set for any child who loves animals and particularly those in the wild. Here is one of the five star reviews for book two of her series Akea: His Mother’s Son.
About the book
The heart-wrenching sequel to Akea – The Power of Destiny. Akea is no ordinary husky and taking her place as Wolf Queen was just the first step in the journey set out for her by the Great Wolf. Akea’s world turns upside down when humans raid their home, scattering the pack and capturing her hybrid son. Salvador struggles to adjust to a life in captivity quickly realising not everyone approves of his mother’s rise to Wolf Queen. When the Great Wolf sends him warning dreams, Salvador discovers his true purpose for being there.
One of the recent reviews for the book
This book is very well written; it’s an exciting story just right for the preteen and lower half of the teenage group. The author has fashioned a very believable world around the idea of wolf families. We know that wolves are very intelligent and even coordinate hunts.
I enjoyed the story. It reads well and show great creativity. The personalities and pack structure are well developed, including having a mythos and something like a religion. I found all of it quite fascinating.
The scene setting was good and the use of the environment was elegant. I enjoyed the dialogue and the activities of daily living for the wolves. The action sequences were well executed. The violence was not too graphic to preserve the sensibilities of younger readers.
Also by Elizabeth Jade
Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – Dramatic readings from Akea – The Power of Destiny – Youtube – Book Trailers – Youtube – Website – https://www.elizabethjade.org – Blog – Elizabeth Jade – Facebook – Akea Wolf Stories – Twitter – @akeawolfstories
The final author today is Wanda Luthman with a recent review for the latest in the Franky the Flamingo series of books. Franky the Fearless Flamingo. Another lovely book that helps young children understand emotional elements of interaction with others such as empathy.
About the book
Franky is back with his 4th book in the Franky the Flamingo series (although each is a standalone book so you don’t have to have read previous books to understand this one).
Franky the Fearless Flamingo rescues the helpless wherever he does go.
In this tale of strength and compassion, a mean crab owes a debt as his ration.
The little sea turtle that he hurt, he later helps with kindess, his new passion.
The crab learned to use his strength for good to help someone in need, just because he could.
Franky the Fearless Flamingo is a hero for helping a mean crab learn the important lesson of empathy.
A recent review for the book
The Franky tales have always been delightful fare for all ages and the newest installment “Franky The Fearless Flamingo” delivers another rousing fun one with underlying premises to all ages. Franky happens to be around when a big mean crab decides to play around with a young turtle. Franky steps into protect the youngster by steering the meanie into a new direction. “Franky The Fearless Flamingo” is also the longest so far and a nice addition to the arc of Franky stories
A selection of other books by Wanda Luthman
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope that you have found some wonderful book gifts for the younger members of the family.