Nov 212017
 

Penguin

When people hear I am a mum of six, including a newborn, they often say ‘You have your hands full’ followed by ‘at least you have lots of helpers’. Of course all the kids love helping out with the new baby but miss 9 especially is always ready to assist with any chores big or small. Because she is a real bookworm and likes the responsibility of a ‘job’ she was super keen to help out with today’s blog post. After the success of Ickypedia kids can now enjoy another hilarious guide full of yucky creations by The Listies, check out our latest book review brought to you by my wonderful assistant Olivia:

Learn all gross foods from A-Z in Ickyfoodia (RRP $14.99)! From Bindigestion (which is to feel sick after eating something out of the bin) to Phlegmonade (which is the most disgusting soft drink ever), you can learn all gross foods that you’ve never heard of. Find out what “Fail chips” are or see all of the recipes to foods that will make you sick! Also includes disgusting poems, weird quizzes and gross games.

I thought this book was a bit crazy, interesting and gross. It has some strange words and their meanings, some silly stories and an episode of ‘The ultimate sandwich’. The recipes are weird, funny and interesting. I’m nine years old and I think the book is suitable for people the same age as me. I think it’s a funny book and I liked reading it.

To find out more about Penguin Books Australia, to browse the range and to order your favourite books online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Nov 252016
 

funtastic

It’s that time of the year again and calendars are quickly filling up with long overdue catch-ups, large family feasts and relaxing New Year’s Eve parties with friends. If you are looking for a way to de-stress in December and add plenty of giggles to your Christmas gatherings you’ll love this awesome find from Funtastic:

mouthguard-challenge

Hailed on social media as the perfect party game for the silly season Mouthguard Challenge (RRP $10) is flying off the shelves, if you want to get in on the fun you better be quick!

Mouthguard Challenge proves that the simple things in life are often the most enjoyable. The game requires no talent, little effort and everyone can play as long as you don’t mind making a fool of yourself! Pop in your mouthguard and draw a task card to accept your challenge: From singing a song to saying a sentence and from describing a word to completing a taste test, everyone will be roaring with laughter in no-time.

With 51 different task cards there is plenty of mouthguard fun to be had and you can always create your own dares too, the options are endless. At the end of the game the player with the most points will be crowned the Mouthguard Expert, will it be you?

There are loads of hilarious videos online of people who took on a mouthguard challenge of their own, this being one of my absolute favourites:

The game comes with four reusable mouthguards, simply wash after use so they are clean and ready for your next round. Pleasantly priced at just ten bucks Mouthguard Challenge is kind on the tight Christmas budget and an ideal stocking filler or Kris Kringle gift.

You can find Mouthguard Challenge at your local Kmart store or online at www.kmart.com.au.

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Nov 202016
 

Penguin

As the festive season is coming closer I love hearing about the December traditions of other families. From putting up the tree together to advent calendars and from handmade decorations to Christmas stockings, everyone has different ways to make Christmas special.

With our big bookworms in mind I love the idea of counting down to Christmas by putting a new book under the tree every day, imagine the joy of unwrapping 24 brand new books on Christmas morning! If you’re looking for a book that will entertain all young readers (yes, even reluctant ones!) look no further than this new Morris Gleitzman release:

snot-chocolate

Snot Chocolate (RRP $16.99) is a fabulous collection of short stories that are silly enough to make kids giggle and short enough to squeeze in just before bedtime. No one can keep a serious face at the thought of Demolition Contractor Fairies that take care of the school bully or ‘health shakes’ with stinky blue cheese, fur balls and snot clusters, our twins definitely couldn’t.

But there are some great hidden messages too, e.g. why winning is not that important, forgiveness and generosity, the value of family and standing up for yourself. Snot Chocolate is a perfect holiday read for the upcoming school holidays, make sure you put a copy under your tree.

To find out more about Penguin Books Australia, to browse the range and to order your favourite books online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Feb 272014
 

Penguin Australia

Two weeks ago the twins were asked to select their favourite book and bring it to school for Show and Tell, quite a tricky decision when you are five. After lots of umming and ahing they settled on a title each, miss 5 chose a new picture book that we’ve read endlessly over the past month or so by much loved Australian author Aaron Blabey (you may know him for Noah Dreary and The Dreadfull Fluff). The Brothers Quibble is officially available in Australia as of yesterday and I LOVE reading this book to the kids, I think you will enjoy it too:

The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey

The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey

In The Brothers Quibble Spalding Quibble is in for a ‘nasty’ surprise, used to being the king of the castle he is now presented with a baby brother called Bunny and he is not happy about it. Spalding is making very clear what he thinks of this little intruder and everyone in the house is miserable. But as Bunny grows he manages, little by little, to turn Spaldings anger into love and in the end Spalding realises that a little brother can also make an awesome friend.

Spalding

Spalding didn’t understand.
He felt a bit delirious.
He took his mother by the hand
and said: ‘You can’t be serious?’

‘Is this some sort of joke?’, he cried.
‘It really isn’t funny.’
‘Hush now, Spalding,’ mother sighed,
‘And say hello to…

The Brothers Quibble is beautifully written and covers a topic that many families deal with at some point in time, the arrival of a new sibling. Dressed in a pretty jacket of gorgeous illustrations and covered in a delightful sauce of rhyme, humor and words that flow like a wave this book is a pleasure to read, look at and listen to, I could read this book over and over without it ever getting boring.

Spalding and Bunny

You see, despite the pain that came
 with every whack or shove,
Bunny spoke his brother’s name
 with nothing less than love.

The twins’ teacher and the children in the class loved The Brothers Quibble so much that they have requested to borrow it so they can read it again in class, I told you it was a winner!

To find out more about Aaron Blabey’s The Brothers Quibble ($24.99) published by Penguin Books Australia and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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