We Are The Planets by Isla Grace Green – Webb Review

We were very lucky to be sent a whole bunch of books to review from ShookBop and Harry chose the first one to review, he flew straight to We Are The Planets by Isla Grace Green. It has a wonderfully bright and eye catching.

Harry enjoyed We Are The Planets.

Written by space fan, Isla Grace Green, this book is nonfiction and give you facts about each of the eight planets in our solar system.

Yes, it does leave out Pluto but we can’t be mad about that just because we want it to be a planet still. We get to look at the other eight in order with some very cute illustrations of the planets. The book is set out in a really clear and concise way. It has just enough information on each planet to teach you some facts and leave you wanting to discover even more. Harry and I think it would be great to have a book on each planet.

The colours throughout the book really draw you in and make the text exciting so if you have children who are reluctant to spend time with nonfiction books, this one would be a really great introduction to more information based books.

We found our planet!

The text is clear and concise and the font is fun and accessible for young readers. We really enjoyed the layout of this book, you could pick it up and just look at your favourite planet over and over if you wanted to.

Including a page about the sun might have been a good inclusion but I appreciate books that leave you wanting more and giving you the chance to ask your own questions. After reading this book Harry wondered if the Sun was also completely gas, so we did our own research, asking questions that we wouldn’t have asked if we hadn’t read this book.

We Are The Planets

All that being said you may be amazed (we were) to hear that Isla Grace Green wrote this book when she was just 6 years old! How amazing is that? We are very impressed and hope that it is just the beginning of a brilliant astro/author career.

Awarded 5 Webbs!

Harry has awarded this book 5 webbs! He really enjoyed it, as did I. We recommend it to anyone with a fascination with Space, anyone who has no idea about the planets or anyone who is looking for an entry level nonfiction book.

But We Are The Planets now from ShookBop.

Thank you for reading our review,

Samantha and Harrison x

Webb Review – Arthur Skid’s Chronicles of Being a Kid Volume 1 by Martin Kirkham and Roxanne Knott

Arthur Skid’s Chronicles Of Being A Kid Volume 1. Facts Kids Need To Know instantly looks like it has been around forever and could easily fit onto a bookshelf next to similar titles.

Harrison Webbling is nine and a very keen reader but to really enjoy it the book has to have humour and Martin Kirkham has definitely delivered on the giggles! Not to give away spoilers but one particular bath scene had Harrison in stitches of laughter that he was still talking about the next day on the way to school.

The illustrations are bright and colourful, Harrison asked if they were Quintin Blake which was great because we got to have a chat about different illustrators and illustration styles. The illustrations by Roxanne Knott really fit the style of the story, facts presented in rhyme form. It was genuinely a really fun book to read and to share.

We enjoyed the story digitally.

I’m going to do the mum things and say that one fact in particular might encourage some unwanted bogie flicking but lets face it, most 9 year olds are more gross than any mum could imagine anyway.

If you don’t like your children to read about the more disgusting parts of being a human and all the lovely ways our bodies manage to expel waste then you won’t like this book but if you have a child who cannot get enough of the gore then they will really enjoy it and want to read it over again.

In terms of book creation, we read the digital copy and that was fantastic; easily accessible and intuitive. The only issue really is that we both found the font a little hard to read in places. It is definitely a fun font but I think that perhaps having one a little more generic would help the reader to keep pace with the poetry, at least in our experience.

The layout of the facts was fantastic and a really great way to present a poetry book because children can easily go back to their favourite fact, which Harrison did, numerous times! The introduction of the characters in the beginning was fantastic and the added certificate at the end was a great touch.

In times when we all really need a laugh especially our little ones, this book is a welcome treat. You can purchase a copy here. We dare you not to laugh at the bath scene!

The favourite bath scene!

Harry awards Arthur Skid’s Chronicles of Being a Kid. Volume 1 Facts Kids Need to Know 4 webbs out of 5 and is really looking forward to reading it again after school today!

Find out more on Martins website – https://www.martinkirkham.com

The digital copy of this book was sent to us by Author Martin Kirkham but the review is not sponsored and is an honest opinion.

Webb Review – The Clown’s Clothes by Eszter Molnar

I recently showed Harrison Webbling a list of books to choose from on my Pinterest, he immediately chose The Clown’s Clothes by Eszter Molnar because he loved the illustration on the front cover. I purchased it from Amazon and it arrived really quickly. We were not disappointed in the slightest.

Harrison Webbling proudly holding his own copy of The Clown’s Clothes.

Written by Eszter Molnar and illustrated by Anita Bagdi, The Clown’s Clothes tells the story of an adorable clown named Tommy who has lost his clothes throughout the day and is on the search to find them with the help of his friends.

The story is beautiful and shows children that you don’t have to give up, you can ask for help and a problem shared is a problem solved. As Tommy goes through his day there are funny little clues to find which show you how Tommy’s clothes went missing in the first place.

I really appreciate that the lovely cup of Tea that Tommy is enjoying.

The pictures are funny, colourful and engaging. They are really striking and blend seamlessly with the story. The author and illustrator should be really proud of the beautiful book that they have produced. Tommy may have been Harrison’s favourite character but for me, his little mouse companion (who is dressed just like him) really steals my heart.

Harrison reading The Clown’s Clothes.

We have had this book for a couple of weeks now and I can honestly say that we have read it and re-read it so many times. It has become a favourite of Harrison’s and he can now read the whole book himself without help.

If you are looking for a bright colourful story with a very uplifting ending that will have the children really engaging with the illustrations then I really recommend The Clown’s Clothes.

Harrison gave it a five out of five webs and is looking forward to more of Tommy’s adventures.

5 out of 5 Webs

Thank you for reading our review. This is our own opinion after purchasing The Clown’s Clothes.

Love Samantha x

Webb Review – Percy The Pigeon by Katie Budge

Percy The Pigeon is the story of a very greedy pigeon who hasn’t learnt to share, his friends have had enough of his selfish ways and decide to stay away from him.

It is a lovely story that Harrison Webbling particularly enjoyed because his middle name is Percy and author Katie Budge was kind enough to sign it for him. It is a tale of redemption and forgiveness with a happy ending, that really helps you to speak to children about what it means to be friends and to teach them that sharing really is caring. It starts off very humorous with Percy keeping everything to himself and eating anything he can get his hands on but soon teaches that greed leads to loneliness.

Percy and Harrison Percy.

We enjoyed the rhyming text which was very rhythmic and rolled off of the tongue easily, there were no abstract concepts that Harrison was not familiar with so he could follow the story very easily and see the clear moral too.

The illustrations by Jen Aranyi are vibrant and striking despite being quite simple, it would have been really nice if they had gone to the edges of the pages but that is the illustrator in me talking and it didn’t detract from the story at all. Our favourite picture was this lovely random little snail, we are glad he didn’t get eaten by Percy! We were concerned for a moment!

Percy and the snail!

The quality of the book is lovely, as in previous reviews that I have written this book also has lots of plain pages in the back. I have since found out that this is because of the print on demand processed commonly used now and is not down to the author. This is a serious waste that needs to be addressed by the printers in my opinion but is out of control of the creator at the present time.

Harry pretending to be Percy.

We thoroughly enjoyed Percy The Pigeon, he is a funny and endearing little character. I would recommend this story for all children but especially if you are having trouble with children who don’t like to share, it is a hard lesson for us all to learn after all (I still don’t like sharing my Sherbet Fountains!). It opens up some interesting conversations in a very unobtrusive way.

The only negative Harrison had was that not all selfish people are chubby and not all chubby people are selfish. I was quite proud of this point of view from my little man, and it also highlighted to me that the book avoids the word ‘fat’ which I feel is probably sensible in a children’s story. We used this as an opportunity to discuss the fact that your outside doesn’t reflect what is on the inside.

We give Percy The Pigeon 4 out of 5 Webbs and look forward to reading more of Katie Budge’s stories.

4 out of 5 Webbs

Samantha and Harrison Webb x

Please note, this is not a sponsored review, I purchased this book directly from Katie Budge and it is available to purchase on Amazon.