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  • WIN! 14 Traditional Fairy Tales from Child's Play USA

    Put the classics in your kid's home library, and win a Child's Play classic collection of 14 Flip Up Fairy Tales, which all come with an audio CD to help bring the stories to life!

    Pass all the traditional favourites to your kids, including The Princess and the Pea, Tom Thumb, Snow White and Jack and the Beanstalk, retold in a lively format with lift up flaps to encourage interaction and fun.

    The set of 14 books and audio CDs are kindly supplied by the publisher Child's Play USA

     

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    It's easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us your favourite fairy tale by leaving a comment and liking the Tidy Books and Child's Play Facebook page on our app below.  If you'd like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest, Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options. Good Luck!

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  • Win a kid's book!!! The New Toy Stories series from Miles Kelly

    WIN!!!  A wonderful addition to your kid's bookcase with this Tidy Book's book review and competition post. You can win your child a copy of Pinocchio Comes to Life, from the new 'Toy Stories' series from Miles Kelly.  We have five brand spanking new copies to giveaway!!!

    Pinocchio Comes to Life

    The publisher Miles Kelly has just launched a series of ten books that are aimed for children to get lost in their own imaginations.  Using a collection of extracts from classic stories the books aim to bring toys to life for children.

    If you, or your child, has a favourite toy they will love these books and find one that features their particular favourite play thing.

    Well loved characters, such as Tom Sawyer, Raggedy Ann, and - in this particular giveaway book we have - Pinocchio.

    Each book contains four separate 'toy story' tales, that are sympathetically told for a younger age group.

    Whether children are familiar with the stories or not, they will find them entertaining and easy to relate to.

    On behalf of Miles Kelly, Tig Thomas has compiled these books and extracts together.  She has over 25 years experience of children's period fiction and hopes to inspire children's reading with these classics from wonderful storytellers.

    Toy Stories is a collection of 10 books, each containing four separate tales.  The books were released in February 2014, retail for £5.99 each, and are available at a discount on the Miles Kelly website.

    And we have five copies of Pinocchio Comes to Life to give away.

    It's easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us your child's favourite toy by leaving a comment and liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below.  If you'd like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest or Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.

    But before you give yourself a great chance of winning a copy of the book have a read of what we made of Pinocchio Comes to Life.

     

    Extract from Pinocchio

    WHAT THE PARENT THOUGHT

    You can't beat a classic tale.  Well you can, I guess, but there are some stories that it should almost be a right of children to hear, or read.

    These are definitely books that contain stories and tales of that ilk.

    The books look wonderful, and I noticed a sort of shine on them that makes them a little more sparkly than your average children's book.  They are printed on pearlised paper, which really does add something to the books.  It means they are almost glittery without having physical glitter, and indeed the mess that that could make.

    It makes the illustrations very bright and colourful, which is great, but these books are really more about the tales in them.

    These are  books that you may have to be the storyteller with your children, rather than to let them loose on them solo.  Ones where you may have to put a little effort in for expression and getting the tales told properly, but most certainly worth the effort.

    WHAT THE TEACHER THOUGHT

    Helen is an Early Years Foundation Stage manager, with many years of experience and currently has the responsibility for the education of over 170 children.  She took a good look at Pinocchio Comes to Life, and this is what she thought.

    "These are big books, with plenty of opportunities for children to tackle and learn quite complex language"

    "They are great as the more difficult words are weaved into fantastic descriptions making them much easier for children to decipher."

    "The books don't rely on illustrations to tell the story, instead the illustrations add colour and perhaps prompts for children to predict what is going to happen next."

    "With the stories being extracts from great books, children may also be encourage to find out more, and perhaps be interested in hearing more about a particular story or character."

    "Children will find them easy to relate to, as the books will feature toys they are familiar with, or favour themselves."

    "You can also discuss with children what happened next in a particular story, or get them to create their own tales based on the characters and toys they have just read or heard about."

    "Basically these are old school books that used appropriately really work well today."

    SO, YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A COPY

    So that's what we made of Pinocchio Comes to Life and we have five brand new copies of the book to giveaway.

    It's easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us your child's favourite toy by leaving a comment and liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below.  If you'd like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest, Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.  Good Luck!

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  • Win 2 kids books from Child's Play

    WIN!! A wonderful addition to your kid's bookcase with this Tidy Books book review and competition.  We have 2 lovely, newly published children’s books from Childs Play to giveaway.

    It’s that time of year when we dare to hope for warm sunny days and make plans for a summer trip away.  So it was great timing to receive a copy of ‘Tilly’s at Home Holiday’ to review.

    Tilly’s friends all have exciting summer holidays planned, but try as she might, Tilly cannot find any signs that her mum is preparing for their summer holiday.  It looks like Tilly won’t have any fun this summer.
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    Author and illustrator Gillian Hibbs makes her debut with Tilly’s at Home Holiday.  It’s a tender, story about the power of imagination and kindness.  Children will love imagining adventures they can have with their parents without leaving the living room.

    Tilly’s mum has other plans: Treasure hunting, deep sea diving, and stories of exotic lands.  Tilly discovers that a stay at home holiday is a wonderful adventure and her mum is a fearless explorer.

    Beautifully illustrated with lots of detail and familiar items for children to point out and chat about, Tilly’s at Home Holiday is a great read for 3-7 year olds.

    Tilly’s at Home Holiday by Gillian Hibbs is published by Child’s Play International who kindly provided the review copies.

    YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A COPY

    It's easy to enter! To win a copy, just like the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below.  If you'd like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest, Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.  Good Luck!  

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