Well, so much for my monthly post of books! The last one I did was back in June and this today is only my second, so it’s been 4 months. To be honest, I haven’t read that much through the summer. I was looking forward to getting round to read some paperbacks that I have had on my bookshelf for ages. But summer just seem to come and go to quickly and I feel like I have just been rushed off my feet. These last few months I have been feeling a bit down, and I have not had much time to myself. But now the colder and darker evenings are on their way, I think I will be more likely to be tucked up in bed early, so will have more time to read.

I have taken my kids to the library a lot over the summer, so they have reads plenty of different books. But I haven’t included any library books in this book, only because I forgot to take photos of them. So all the books featured in today’s posts are books that we have received to review.




Jungle Jam

The book is co wrote by husband and wife team Louise & Noam Lederman. This is their first book in a series of books that are currently in development. The book is aimed at children aged o-5 and to help them learn skills like sharing, listening, respecting others and self-discipline. The story follows Mikey the Monkey and he goes on a musical journey to find global fame, but finds out that he must work with others to make his dream come true.This is a lovely book for younger children and even has some pages at the back to show you how to make your own musical instruments from things that you can find around the house. The book was released on 30th August and is available to buy from Jungle Jam or lilybridal. RRP £5.99




The Missing

The Missing is the first book I have read by the author C.L. Taylor and I really enjoyed it. Claire ‘s 15 year old son Billy went missing 6 months ago and nothing has been heard of him since. Claire and her husband Mark make a new TV appeal but it goes wrong when their eldest son Jake turns up drunk.

the story is told by Claire and how she is desperate to find out what happened to her son. She is also having stressed related black puts so she is really struggling to piece things together. Claire thinks her husband maybe having an affair and her son Jake is getting drunk and nor going to work. Also Jake girlfriend Kira lives with them after having her mum abusing and neglecting her.

But someone is hiding secrets and eventually they all come out. I don’t know if I missed read something along the way as I was really surprised with the ending and it was a total surprise. A great read. 4.5/5 Stars. Buy on Amazon or Ebay




Timmy Failure

I find it hard to get my 11-year-old son to read, so when I find a book that he does like, I try to do everything I can to encourage him to read more. His favourite books are the Dairy of a Wimpy Kid series, and these books are written in a quite similar way. Ryan, as already read one of The Timmy Failure books by Stephan Pasties before I received these to review, so I knew that he would like them. He didn’t say much about that, only that he really enjoyed reading them. So that’s a big thumbs up in my eyes. Ryan’s 7-year-old sister Caitlin, loves to read and her reading skills have come on amazingly this last year. She has now lent these off Ryan and is reading them herself. Buy on Amazon or Ebay




The Concise Human Body Book

Ryan choose this book when we went to The Works in Nottingham through the summer holidays. It’s quite a small-sized book, smaller than A5, so it’s easy to carry around. The book is really great and full of amazing thing about the human body. It shows have the brain works and what different parts control, how the body can fight infections, how we digest food and everything else! It a fantastic book that includes everything you need to know, and I even learned some new things myself. And best of all it was only £4. I would highly recommend this. Buy it on Amazon or ebay




Burgerworld Colouring Book

Me and my kids love colouring, so was eager to get started on this colouring book. The book is designed by Jon Burgerman and includes lot’s of weird and strange characters. The kids really liked this one, especially Aaron has he could use the normal felt tips pens and not just the fine liner ones. The book also comes with a set of stickers to use either in the book or anywhere else you fancy. The book is priced at £12.95 and is available from Laurence King Publishing, Amazon and Ebay.




There’s Not One

There’s Not One by Jennifer Higgie is aimed a younger children aged between 0-5 years and celebrates the diversity of the world around us and how we are all unique. Each page is really bright and colourful and engaging for kids. With a lovely meaningful message at the end of the story. The Book is priced at £10.99 and is available to buy from Amazon




Let Them Eat Dirt

This book talks about Microbes and how trying to get rid of them by over-sanitising everything is actually having a bad affect on our health. Microbes have been around for hundreds of years and can cause infectious disease. But there is evidence to show that early expose to these microbes can actually be beneficial to children’s well-being. It’s believed that the imbalance of microbes living in and on our bodies can lead to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, asthma and autism.

I found this book really interesting, especially the part on autism and ADHD, an my 5-year-old soon my have a form of the later. When I was a kid I never really got ill, I was always playing in dirt and climbing trees and if I did get ill, I wouldn’t take anything for it, I would just let it clear up itself. On the other hand, my younger sister and mum, are always getting ill, but they are always taking medications for even just coughs and colds. I have always believed that my immune system is stronger than theirs because I don’t take medication when I am ill. This book supports my theory and I think it’s a great book that parent should ready. Great for those that sterilise’s all their kids baby bottles and dummy’s as soon as they fall to the floor. I real eye opener. The book is priced at £12.99 and available from Amazon and Ebay




The Amazing Animal Adventures

This is a great spot and find book, filled with all animals of the world. From the jungle to the arctic, the Pacific Ocean to Great barrier Reef. There are so many great animals to find and see. There are a total of 21 different scenes from around the world. My kids really like this book and so did I. It’s aimed at children aged 6-10 years, but I think it’s great for younger kids to enjoy looking at with a parent. The book is priced at £14.95 and is from Laurence King Publishing. You can also buy it on Amazon and Ebay




Join Gymnastics And Head Over Heels about Gymnastics

This is a story book along with two stand able flip books that show you how to do gymnastics. My daughter, who has just turned 7, really wants me to take her to gymnastics. But the closet one to where we live is a few miles away and I don’t currently drive. I am taking my driving lessons and hope to pass my test next year, and then I will be able to take her. So, with that she was really excited to receive these books. Since we have got them she has been in the living room almost everyday trying out and practising the moves. The flip books show you real pictures and are really easy to follow. The book that came with it is aimed more at younger children, but a lovely set. There are also some DVD’s available, which sound really good and I think I may have to get Caitlin one. You can buy them from Head Over heels Gymnastics  or on Amazon or Ebay




Midnight Creature

Her’s another great book from Laurence King Publishing. But this book is a bit different, as you need it to be dark to use it. It contains 5 pop-up scenes with different creatures to spot. You need to stand the book up about a foot away from a wall, turn the lights off and get your torch out. We couldn’t find out touch, I don’t know where it’s disappeared too, so instead we used my son’s bunk bed light. AS this was a wide lamp and don’t think it showed the pictures up as good as a normal torch would have, but even so, the kids really liked this book and loved trying to guess what each animal was. This book is priced at £15.95 and you can buy from Amazon.




That’s it for this month. Have you read any of these books, or is any on your or your kids wish list?

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21 comments on “Our October Reads Book Review”

  1. Ah! I”m hoping to get some colouring books for my boys with summer in South Africa on the horizon. They’ll be perfect for hot days at the beach. #MarvMondays

  2. We haven’t read any of these books. I’ve read one C L Taylor book – The Lie – which I couldn’t put down. I’ve just bought another of hers – The Accident.
    My 13yo son sounds a lot like your son. He’s a reluctant reader, but if he finds a series he likes he will devour them. Then he stops reading!
    The gymnastics book looks fab! My daughter, who is 10, would love to do gymnastics, but she is a very good dancer and does four lessons a week, so there’s no room for gymnastics! I hope your daughter gets to start soon.
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  3. Wow, you have been busy. There are some great books there. I love the idea of the Midnight Creatures book – it’s so unusual. Will definitely have to look out for that one.
    Thanks for sharing

  4. My two would absolutely loveJungle Jam they love Jungle animals and musical instruments so together would be right up their street and no double make them chuckle. I will certainly have to look out for this one to put in their stockings for Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing at #FamilyFun

  5. I love how diverse your book collection is. A really great range here for the whole family. Let them eat dirt sounds interesting, I might look out for this myself! I hope you get lots more reading done over the autumn and winter months and feel a little less blue.. Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

  6. Read a few of these yummy failure is a great book as is the missing
    Midnight creatures is one I’ll look for

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