Today I’ve got 2 lovely new children’s books to share with you. Perfect for Christmas presents!
When lying in his bed, a boy is visited by a genie. He is given a week to try out different superhero powers. What adventures will he have, and which power will he choose to keep?Amazon UK Amazon US
Izzy Rees was born in West London, but has spent the last thirty years living in Derby.
Ten years ago, when her three girls were young, she began work on a series of rhyming picture books, created in snatched moments, and initially written on small scraps of paper or whatever was
available. She always intended to revisit them, and Covid and lockdown presented the opportunity; unable to continue her work as a neurophysiotherapist, working with vulnerable patients, she decided it was now or never! She has written six books so far in the ‘The Boy Who’ series, The Boy Who Breathed Underwater being the first one. The others will be published in the near future.
King Mark is a higgledy-piggledy king and he gets into a pickle every day. “Do something, Bert!” he shouts, and Wizard Bert, and his sidekick, Broderick the bookworm, always save the day. When snow fell on Windy Hill Castle, everyone was delighted – except for King Mark! King Mark didn’t like snow and he started to sulk. Will Bert and Broderick save the day again? Will King Mark walk into trouble?
Do the children of Windy Hill Village have the answer…?
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Author Bio –
Jocelyn’s writing career began when she was asked to write a story for a preschool magazine. That story was the first of many. Jocelyn became the writer/editor of several preschool magazines and
continued in that role for 15 years. Writing one new story every month, plus rhymes and activities was a tough gig, but very exhilarating.
Time is the big difference between writing for a magazine and writing a book. You see your work on the supermarket shelves within a few weeks of completion. A book takes longer – a lot longer.
Jocelyn has to be patient now – not something she’s good at.Before becoming a writer, Jocelyn work in higher education as International Students Officer. It was a rewarding and interesting job even though she was on call 24/7.
Jocelyn also trained as a counsellor and volunteered at drop-in centers. She never knew who would arrive for counselling and had to be prepared for anything. This work gave her insight into some of
the darker corners of life.
Motor sport was one of Jocelyn’s early loves, she had spine tingling thrill of taking part in a 24-hour national rally as navigator – those were the days when rallies were held on public roads!
Jocelyn worked as an au pair in Paris in her teens. Having visited the city on a school trip, she fell in love with it, and always wanted to return.
My thoughts: The Boy Who Breathed Underwater – this colourfully illustrated, rhyming tale takes on wish fulfilment and happiness. With all of the super powers our hero tries out, there’s great fun at first but then he sees the downsides to being able to fly and indeed, breathe underwater. A clever, entertaining story.
The King Who Didn’t Like Snow – grumpy King Mark is stopping wizard Bert and his pal Broderick the bookworm from having fun with his complaints, their first plan fails so it’s onto a better one – get King Mark to see the fun side of snow. Then they can get back to tiddlywinks. Suitable for slightly older readers than the other book, this is a fun story about embracing the joy in life and not complaining about everything – sadly we don’t all have a wizard to fix our problems for us.
I think my little goddaughter will enjoy The Boy Who Breathed Underwater being read to her and her older siblings, who are learning to read, The King Who Didn’t Like Snow, although they’re still little enough for bedtime stories still. I think these books would make lovely Christmas gifts.
And both of these books have a charitable bent too – The Boy was printed and bound by NMC Design+Print, a social enterprise that is part of the NeuroMuscular Centre in Cheshire and a percentage of the profits from The King will be going to help support Hospital Radio Plymouth, so by buying these books from the above links, you’re supporting great causes too.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.