Apr 142019
 

Pan Macmillan Australia

While everyone has their eye on school holidays, Easter and ANZAC Day it is easy to forget about Mother’s Day, which is rapidly creeping up on us. With only four weeks to go it’s time to start shopping, dropping hints for and/or creating the perfect gift for the special mum in your life or even just yourself! Personally I find nothing warms the heart like a handmade treasure and this is one unique gift that is guaranteed to make any mother melt:

Whether you have a mum, mama, mother or ma, a grandma, nan, oma or nonna, I Love My Mum Because (RRP $14.99) is the cutest keepsake book for all those special ladies. Go grab your crayons, pencils and markers and get started…

‘I Love My Mum Because’ invites little artists to become little authors, using their creative skills to tell the world why they love their mother. Across 31 pages children are encouraged to celebrate mum in ‘activity book’ style with colouring in pages (draw a picture of you and mum, decorate flowers for your mum, trace your hand, show your feelings in colours), little puzzles (spot the mum, match the mother-baby shapes) and of course write sweet notes to/about your mum (write a wish for your mum, describe your mum). The end result is a sweet gathering of personal love notes for mothers and no two books will ever be the same, just like mothers are all different too.

Thanks to the sturdy hardcover this precious book is sure to stand the test of time and will still be treasured by mums years from now. I think it makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift or birthday present: a joy to make and a joy to receive. Hip tip: If you’re a little softie like I am, keep a tissue box on hand when you read because you’ll need it!

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at ‘I Love My Mum Because’ by Petra James and Alissa Dinallo to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of I Love My Mum Because (RRP $14.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Apr 012019
 

In some less-than-fabulous situations it can be rather hard to try find anything positive, but I try anyway. A few weeks ago a mistake from an unexperienced hairdresser meant I had to return to the salon for a second 3-hour stint so the owner could (hopefully) correct their error as much as possible. Instead of focussing on the hair disaster I decided to stay upbeat, soak up the ‘bonus’ hours of quiet at the hairdresser the week after and settle into the chair with this exciting new Affirm Press read:

Like many other thrillers Eight Lives (RRP $32.99) starts with a death. In this case a dedicated and promising young doctor named David Tran is the unlucky one and you might think this book is just another search for a mysterious murderer. Think again…

Eight Lives combines suspense with science, you slowly get a (novice) understanding of the project David was working on and how his research ultimately led to his death. Don’t be scared by medical terms like mAbs, antibodies, a cytosine storm, hybridoma, immunology and other insider lingo, author Susan Hurley expertly talks you through it all and before you know it this medical thriller has you on the edge of your seat.

We delve deeper into David’s death, as seen through the eyes of five main characters. We discover how David, a former refugee, found his way to Australia and became a doctor in search of a life changing drug. We meet his assistant Rosa who watches his discovery take shape and knows all the fine details, his childhood friend and fellow doctor Miles who is forever in debt of David, his sister Ly who sees the little Vietnamese boy and loyal brother as well as the smart Australian doctor and Foxy, the man who looks after the rich and who is to help limit the PR damage David Tran’s death will cause. Each of the five characters plays a different role in Tran’s life, death and discovery and as the chapters continue the pieces of this complex puzzle are slowly falling into place…

I admit that initially I was a little overwhelmed by the scientific angle of this book, but I read on and loved how the suspense grew and simply had to know what happened! Every chapter you think that maybe you understand but the end still took me by surprise. Eight Lives is a fantastic thriller that was hard to put down.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘Eight Lives’ by Susan Hurley and to order a copy online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of ‘Eight Lives’ hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, good luck.