It’s Friday! 16/9

I don’t seem to have had an awful lot of reading time this week! I’m very unsettled as awaiting the new arrival still so I can’t seem to sit down and concentrate therefore not much new has been reviewed here this week!

But I have had a very lucky week and have won 8 books in total! In fact it’s got to the stage where if I say “Guess what I won today?” to my husband, his answer is “If it’s not the Euromillions then I’m not interested!” I’ve always been a rather lucky person but I have to admit it’s probably as I enter every competition I see so the odds are in my favour I suppose.

My first prize to actually arrive was a box of five books from the Scottish children’s publisher Kelpies and two of these books have become favourites already! I like my grandchildren to know they are a quarter Scottish (well one is actually half Scottish!) So loved being able to read these with them!

My First Scottish Colours…


Say hello to green Nessie, wave a blue saltire and pick a beautiful purple thistle! Introduce your wee ones to their first colours — red, blue, yellow, orange, green and purple — with a Scottish twist! This bright board book is packed with lively images and simple, clear text. The chunky format and hard-wearing pages are perfect for wee hands.

This is a fabulous wee board book by Kate McLelland with colours associated to a Scottish connection. It’s bright and colourful and the pictures are not too detailed so just right for young minds. And the chunky board book is lovely and sturdy. This is becoming a firm favourite after only 2 days for a nearly two year old who is learning his colours. Just perfect! I’m off to check out the others in the series too now!

My First Scottish Colours (Wee Kelpies) is available from Amazon UK

My luve’s Like a Red Red Rose…


O my Luve’s like a red, red rose, That’s newly sprung in June; O my Luve’s like the melodie That’s sweetly play’d in tune. In this beautifully illustrated picture-book version of Burns’ classic poem, the lyrics have been re-imagined to explore the special love between parent and child. A mother and daughter feature in everyday scenes such as playing in a garden, splashing in the sea and going to nursery, each inspired by Burns’ eloquent words. With delightful, heart-warming illustrations by Ruchi Mhasane, this expressive new picture book is the perfect way to share Burns’ with very young children. It is also an ideal Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day gift.

This is just a stunning book! It has taken the poem by Burns and put it with some of the most beautiful and touching illustrations I have seen in a children’s book recently. The mother and daughter relationship is so poignantly drawn that it brought a tear to my eye! This one is perfect for my daughter to share with my granddaughter and I’m sure it will become a firm family favourite. I just loved it!

My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose (Picture Kelpies) is also available to buy from Amazon UK




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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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