Go To Sleep! and Sarah’s Shadow,
(Children’s Book Reviews)
Today I am so pleased to be taking part in my first ever double book tour. They are both children’s books with wonderful illustrations and I cant wait to tell you all about them. Thank you so much to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
The first book is Go To Sleep! written by Marion Adams and illustrated by Sarah-Leigh Wills.
Go To Sleep!
Suitable for ages 3-7
Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong … The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!
This book is just adorableness wrapped up in a fluffy blanket!
Poor Tansy has forgotten how to go to sleep, she takes some advice from the barn owl. “If you can’t sleep, try counting sheep” (Sounds like good advice to me) However, Tansy takes his advice a little too literally and all sorts of chaos breaks out! It’s left to Jack the trusty sheepdog to come and restore peace and there is a little twist at the end. The back page is designed to get the children counting (and there is twenty sheep I checked. I’m sad, I know!)
The illustrations really make the book come to life and the text will have the children giggling again and again. I’m sure this will be a favorite bedtime storybook for generations to come.
Great to pack for a sleepover at the grandparents or a hospital stay if the child has difficulty sleeping in a different bed. The reassuring storyline and soothing colours will soon have the little ones nodding off.
Author Bio – Marion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books.
Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.
Product link for Amazon US
Now we take a look at Sarah’s Shadow by Nick Jones and illustrated by Si Clark
Suitable for ages 5-7
If you could change something about yourself, would you do it? When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn’t have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy?
I love a children’s storybook with a message and this book is designed to teach children to accept and be proud of who they are.
Sarah is teased about her shadow so she wishes it away. However with the shadow gone Sarah has a whole new set of problems and wants her shadow back.
This is a must for any child with anxiety and confidence issues. I think children will relate to Sarah who is a worrier and feels self-conscious. We all worry about silly things and it’s great to teach children that its normal and everything will turn out fine….maybe even better!
The wonderful illustrations show Sarah portraying different emotions throughout the book. This is a great way to talk to children about how they are feeling and the contrast between sadness and happiness.
An absolute must for any parent concerned about bullying, this teaches a lesson, is a great way to bring up a sensitive subject and will get the children thinking, but most importantly…..talking to their parents.
Author Bio – Nick Jones is an author based in Cheshire, UK, but originally from Bristol. He has written a series of joke books and an illustrated children’s book. His first joke book, Gagged and Bound, was written during the summer of 2014 and was published by Full Media Ltd later in the year to critical acclaim, garnering positive reviews from numerous book review websites such as Reader’s Favorite and The Bookbag. A follow-up, Gagged and Bound 2, was released a year later and received a similarly positive response, and in 2017 Nick returned with the third instalment. Nick returned with a very different book, Sarah’s Shadow, in December 2017. He has several new books in the pipeline including two picture books and a children’s joke book.
Purchase Links Amazon US:
https://www.amazon.com/Sarahs-Shadow-Nick-Jones/dp/0993079490 (US site)
(Both books were sent to me by Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and have been reviewed honestly.)
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