Category Archives: Picture Books

Spotlight – The Adventures Of The Owl And The Pussycat by Coral Rumble & Illustrated by Charlotte Cooke


Today I am super excited to be spotlighting a fab new gorgeous picture book by Coral Rumble and illustrated by Charlotte Cooke, The Adventures Of The Owl And The Pussycat.

The Adventures Of The Owl And The Pussycat was released on the 4th April 2017 published by Wacky Bee Books and is available in paperback!

So for my stop on this fab blog tour I am spotlighting this fab author, illustrator and book!


The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea, in a box on the living room floor. They sailed away for a year and a day and these are the things that they saw… Join two curious children on a quirky adventure, loosely based on the classic Edward Lear poem, The Owl and the Pussycat.

You can buy a copy of this book here or from your local bookshop!

Or why not add it to your Goodreads here


About Coral Rumble

I have worked as a poet and performer for many years and I’m proud to have my work featured in Favourite Poets (Hodder). I have three published poetry collections of my own and have contributed to more than 150 anthologies. I am also one of the writers of the popular Cbeebies programmes ‘Poetry Pie’ and ‘The Rhyme Rocket’. I have given workshops in some fairly unusual venues as well…the grandest of which being Buckingham Palace!

You can find out more about Coral on her website – www.coralrumble.co.uk

About Charlotte Cooke

I was thrilled and proud when my picture book The Adventures of the Owl & the Pussycat was highly commended for the Macmillan Children’s Prize in 2010. Since then I have gone on to illustrate many other picture books and I enjoy making the occasional card too. When I’m not in my studio I’m usually outside running or playing referee to my two kids.

You can find out more about Charlotte on her website – www.charlottecookeillustration.blogspot.co.uk

Or why not follow Charlotte on twitter – @charlottecooke


Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of this fab blog tour at the following stops!


A huge thank you to Faye Rogers for having me as part of this fab blog tour!

Have you read The Adventures Of The Owl And The Pussycat?  What did you think?  Are you intrigued to go and grab a copy?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button above or tweet my on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

Guest Post – Five Women That Inspire Me by Caroline Baxter


I’m super excited to have a fab guest post from Caroline Baxter to celebrate the release of Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane.

Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane was released on the 8th March 2017 published by Big Sunshine Books and is a brilliant picture book beautifully illustrated by Izabela Ciesinska.

Today for my stop on this fab blog tour I have a fab guest post from Caroline who is telling us about five women who have inspired her.


Join Pilot Jane, a fun and fearless airline captain, as she travels the world with her best friend Rose, a high-speed passenger jet. Together Jane and Rose have exciting adventures and form a perfect team, delivering their passengers safely to destinations as far afield as Alaska and Australia. But when disaster strikes and Rose falls ill, Jane is paired with ‘lean, mean flying machine’ Mighty Mitch. Can she still get the Queen to her party on time? Featuring a clever and courageous heroine, this action-packed rhyming story celebrates ‘Girl Power’ and shows what you can achieve if you work together. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for take-off!


Five Women that Inspire Me

My new children’s picture book, Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane week on International Women’s Day (8 March 2017). The story follows the adventures of Pilot Jane, a fun and fearless airline captain, as she travels the world with her best friend Rose, a high-speed passenger jet. But when disaster strikes and Rose falls ill, Jane is paired with “lean, mean flying machine” Mighty Mitch. Can they navigate the oncoming storm and get the Queen to her party on time?

In creating the character of Pilot Jane, I set out to build a picture of a highly skilled pilot who was both clever and courageous. So many children’s picture books feature a boy as the hero, I wanted to show a girl who was at the top of her game – who had ambitions and a sense of adventure! Not only is Jane an airline captain, she also surfs, practises tai chi and speaks Chinese. In fact, if picture books weren’t so short, her capabilities would have been boundless! Together Jane and Rose form a perfect ‘girl power’ team and this led me to thinking about some of the inspirational women we admire, read about and come across every day.

Picking just five is, of course, almost impossible, but the women below have all moved me personally for different reasons. Some are world-renowned for their impact and talents, others are lesser-known, but I hope you’ll agree that they are all inspirational in some way:  

Aung San Suu Kyi

For many people, politician, activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the most inspirational figures of the 21st century. She has dedicated much of her life to bringing democracy to Myanmar and endured years of hardship, hunger and imprisonment for her country. Finally, in November 2015, she led the National League for Democracy (NLD) to a majority win in Myanmar’s first openly contested election. When I was a member of staff at Oxford University in 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi – a former student – received an honorary doctorate and her speech that day was one of the most moving I have ever heard. Despite having spent more than two decades of her life under house arrest, she showed grace and dignity, rather than bitterness and resentment, commenting that the past “never goes away . . . But you can select what is best from the past to help you go forward to the future”. Aung San Suu Kyi shows us that, with enough courage, we can all be agents for change in the world and improve others’ lives for the better.

Malala Yousafzai

Internationally-renowned education activist Malala Yousafzai would undoubtedly make it on to many people’s list of ‘inspiring women’. While only a teenager, Malala drew the world’s attention to the issue of girls’ education, in particular the millions of girls being denied a formal education in Pakistan and other parts of the world for social, political and economic reasons. Despite being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 for speaking out about the importance of education, her human rights advocacy for women and for education has continued and grown into an international movement. At the age of 17, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is inspiring for so many reasons: her incredible courage in standing up to the Taliban; the wisdom and compassion she shows despite her youth, and her ongoing determination to fight for the right for all children to go to school. Like Aung San Suu Kyi, she is an example of how one person can have an extraordinary impact on the world by standing up for what they believe in.

J K Rowling

Well, I’d like to include a writer on my ‘inspiring women’ list and JK Rowling is certainly inspirational. As we all know, she wrote the first Harry Potter book as a struggling single mother, but has gone on to become the UK’s bestselling living author. However, in addition to her many professional achievements, Rowling is also inspiring for two reasons. Firstly, her impact extends not only across the world of books, but also across the charitable sector. Rowling supports numerous charities and organisations, but is particularly involved in anti-poverty campaigning and children’s welfare. She is a notable philanthropist who has used her professional success to benefit many others. Secondly, like many other inspiring women (and men), she is an advocate of living courageously and following your own path. Rowling has often talked about the importance of trying – and not being scared to fail. As she said in her speech to graduating students at Harvard: “You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default”. This seems an important and motivating message from a woman who has achieved so much.

The Iron Nun

Last year, my husband took part in an Ironman Race. This endurance contest comprised a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run, all over the course of (in his case) a tortuous 15 hours. As someone who hasn’t done too much formal exercise since school, I was full of admiration. But when I read about another Ironman participant, the so-called ‘Iron Nun’, my admiration turned to awe. At 86 years old, Sister Madonna Buder has completed more than 40 Ironman races over a 30-year period. Having completed her first Ironman race at the tender age of 55, she became the oldest woman to ever complete an Ironman triathlon at 75. At 82 years old, she set a world record as the oldest Ironman triathlon competitor. For me, Sister Madonna is truly inspiring because of her positive attitude, fighting spirit and her determination to defy conventional notions of ageing. It might be time to get out my running shoes yet . . .

Roz Savage MBE, Ocean Rower

A few years ago Roz Savage, record-breaking ocean rower, author and motivational speaker, spoke at an event that I organised. Her words had a lasting impact on me – and, I’m sure, on everyone else in the room. Roz’s story is one of incredible personal transformation. After leaving university and working as a management consultant for 11 years, Roz decided to leave her job and home and change her life – totally! She reinvented herself as an adventurer and became the first woman to row solo across three oceans: the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. Passionate about the environment and protecting our planet, she also used social media to share her story and eco message with tens of thousands of people. Now, having spent a total of 520 days alone at sea, rowing for 12 gruelling hours a day, she has become an authority on how to tackle challenges in difficult circumstances and what motivates us through the darkest of times. Roz’s journey from office worker to ocean rower is a perfect example of how anyone can change their life (and the lives of others) if they have enough courage, determination and resilience.

I hope you enjoyed this small selection of inspiring women – they are certainly all girls and women Pilot Jane would admire too! And thank you so much for having me on Tales of Yesterday.

You can buy this book here

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About Caroline Baxter

Caroline Baxter lives in Oxford with her husband and two young children. From an early age she always had her nose in a book – and now does so for a living! Caroline grew up in South Wales and, after graduating with a BA in English Literature from Cardiff University, held a variety of management roles at UK universities including, most recently, at the University of Oxford. The Bear Cub Bakers, her first book, was written while on maternity leave with her daughter. Her second book, Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane, was published recently on International Women’s Day (8 March 2017). Caroline loves travelling, yoga, baking (and eating) cake, dogs, days out and snuggling up with a good story.


Blog Tour

You can follow or catch up on the rest of this fab blog tour at the following stops!


A huge thank you to Caroline for such a brilliant guest post and insight into the inspiration behind the book!  And to Faye Rogers for organising and asking me to be part of the blog tour!

Have you read Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane?  What did you think?  Are you intrigued to go and grab a copy?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button above or tweet my on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

Review – Dylan The Doctor by Guy Parker-Rees


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Today I have something a little different as I am reviewing a fab new gorgeous picture book which was released on the 4th August 2016 published by Scholastic.

Dylan The Doctor is by Guy Parker-Rees and is gorgeous inside and out with beautiful words and stunning illustrations making this picture book an absolute joy to read.

I am so over the moon to be part of the wonderful blog tour for this book!

For my stop on the blog tour I am going to share my thoughts on the book and post a review….but in a slightly different way!

A huge thank you to Faye Rogers  and Scholastic for having me on this wonderful tour and for sending me the book to read.


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Dylan’s on his way – are you ready to play? DYLAN THE DOCTOR is the first picture book in a series featuring an exuberant stripy dog, who just loves to play. Created by bestselling illustrator Guy Parker-Rees, Dylan is a joyous new character who uses playing and fun to help toddlers explore and understand their world. Today Dylan is playing at being a doctor. He dashes about looking after all of his friends: Purple Puss, Jolly Otter and Titchy Chick. But who will look after poor, tired Doctor Dylan? All his friends, of course! Look out for Dylan’s friend, Dotty Bug, on every page, as she encourages readers to join in with the story.


Publisher – Scholastic

Published – 4th August 2016

Format – Paperback

Category – Picture Book

Source – I was sent a copy of this book by the wonderful people at Scholastic as part of the blog tour organised by Faye Rogers.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way and am delighted to write an honest review.  Thank you Scholastic for sending this to me to read and to Faye for organising!


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


Firstly…..let me tell you a story I wrote…..

This story features the character created by Guy Parker-Rees in his book Dylan the Doctor and things that happen in the book.  Oh and little old me……

One day I woke up and I was feeling rather unwell.  I sighed a little, rubbed my eyes to clear the sleepiness from them and stretched until all of my body ached and pulled at every limb.

“Ugh,” I thought to myself. “Nothing is going to make me feel better today!”

I looked down at the bright and beautiful picture book sitting beside me on the bed glinting in the morning sunlight.

In the distance I heard a noise.  It was faint but I could hear it getting louder and louder!

“Nee-Naw, Nee-Naw, Nee-Naw!”

All of a sudden a smiley white face with colourful stripes jumped out of the book and appeared before me on my duvet with a doctors kit in hand!

“Today is a making-everyone-better day” he announced throwing his doctors kit down in front of me with a thud.

It was Dylan!  Dylan the Doctor!  From the book I was reading!  Surely this couldn’t be possible!

He threw open his kit with one click and swoosh.

“Do you have Head-shoulders-knees-and-toes-I-tis?” Dylan asked.  “If so I have a bandage that will help.”

I looked curiously at Dylan unable to quite believe my eyes.  “I don’t think so” I replied weakly with a feeble cough and squinting my eyes to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

“Does your arm feel all flappy?”  Dylan asked whilst lifting my arm and waggling it about like it was jelly on a plate.

“Well it didn’t, but it does now”  I giggled whilst watching my arm flop around in Dylan’s paws.

“I’ve got it!”  Dylan said with glee “You have Floppy-Wobble Fever!”

Dylan grabbed some plasters and stuck them all up my arm in a neat little row of pink plastic.

“Do you feel any better now?”  Dylan asked me.

I sadly shook my head.

“Well there’s only one thing for it!”  Dylan announced!

I gave Dylan a look of confusion as he started to pat the blanket all around me.  Tucking me in at every crease and crevice on the bed.  He plumped my pillow, made sure I was comfortable and gave me some pink medicine that tasted like sunshine and strawberries on a spoon!

“All this fuss and pink medicine is making me feel so much better Dylan” I said dreamily my eyes half closing due to the cosiness and warmth of the blanket.

Dylan topped up my orange drink by the side of my bed and fed me some super squishy pink and white marshmallows.

“Ta-dah!”  Dylan announced proudly producing a get well soon card that had exploded glitter all over Dylan so that he looked like a glistening multi-coloured star!

I took the card off Dylan.  “It’s wonderful!” I smiled.

As time went on Dylan sung me a song and performed a little Dylan dance all on his own.  He even read me a story or two!

“Oh Dylan, I’m feeling so much better now!”

Dylan smiled proudly beaming from ear to ear.  “I told you today was a making-everyone-better day”

At that moment a strange smell filled my nostrils and I looked down to where the smell was coming from.

“Erm, Dylan?  What on earth is that stinky sock doing in your doctors kit?”  I asked.

Dylan smiled and looked up at me quickly clicking shut his doctors bag.

“That is another story”  Dylan announced and jumped straight back into the book I was holding in my hand.

dylanSo that was a story I made up after reading Dylan The Doctor.

This picture book is just beautiful.  The words, the illustrations and the story as a whole.  Friendship and helping people are the moral of this story and a lovely lesson for every child to learn and grow up with along the way.  Being kind, loving and caring.

I also loved little Dotty the Bug who appears on pages to ask questions to really get you and your child talking and sharing thoughts and feelings about the book.

I would have loved to see Dylan’s smiling face smiling up at me from the page when I was a toddler.  A smile to brighten any ones day completely.

I award this book 5 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

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You can buy a copy of Dylan The Doctor here

Or why not add it to Goodreads here


About Guy Parker-Rees GUY PARKER-REES

Guy Parker-Rees is one of the UK’s best-loved children’s illustrators. His many successes include GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE (Orchard) and SPOOKYRUMPUS (Orchard). Guy lives in Brighton.

You can find out more about Guy on his Website: www.guyparkerrees.com

Or why not follow Guy on Twitter: @Guyguyyug


Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of the blog tour at the following stops!

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Monday 15th August

Chouett

Big Book Little Book

Tuesday 16th August

Powered by Reading

Orchard Book Club’s Mini Reviewers

Wednesday 17th August

The Pewter Wolf

Maia and a Little Moore

Thursday 18th August

Linda’s Book Bag

Fiction Fascination

Friday 19th August

Emma’s Bookery

Winged Reviews

Saturday 20th August

Tales of Yesterday

Get Kids into Books

Sunday 21st August

Library Girl and Book Boy

Acorn Books

 

 

 

 


Have you read Dylan The Doctor?  What did you think?  Has this review made you want to go grab a copy?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

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