Singing in the Rain

Singing in the Rain is a songbook based on the much-loved song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown that has been beautifully illustrated by Tim Hopgood. Tim Hopgood celebrates the rain and all its fun in his latest book. Jump in puddles, pop up your umbrellas and dance with joy through the pages of this gorgeous story.

The pictures support the lyrics beautifully and I found myself singing the song to Georgie rather than just reading the book.   The colours are bright and cheerful and all the characters are smiling. The illustrations really give the feeling that rain can be fun!

A happy and uplifting book where even the rain drops on each page put a smile on our faces. Georgie now keeps singing ‘What a glorious feeling. I’m happy again’ while she skips through the rain…very cute for a 3-year-old.

I think these songbooks are a great idea and I can’t wait to see which classic song Tim Hopgood will choose next.

Pictures by Tim Hopgood and published by Oxford University Press.

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ABC Word Play by Fany Perret

An interactive alphabet book for the design conscious toddler!

This is an eye-pleasing object for the bookshelf. The long rectangular shape and the bold, graphic typeface make this an irresistible board book to pick up and play with.

After you punch out the chunky neon letters, assemble the simple words on the other side of the spread, or spell new words of your own.

My toddlers adore this novelty book and have been going back to it again and again. They can’t spell the words yet; however, for them it is a captivating jigsaw puzzle that is introducing them to the shapes of capital letters.

Published by Chronicle Books

Publishing date 8/3/16

My Stencil Kit: Draw, colour and create your own stories by Hervé Tullet

From the best-selling children’s author of Press Here and Mix it Up! comes an imaginative children’s stencil kit for children to experiment and play with. The kit includes a paperback sketchbook with six die-cut boards and more than 200 stencil shapes to create their artwork and stories with.

Published by Thames & Hudson

Historium Poster Book (Welcome to the Museum) By Richard Wilkinson

Illustrated to perfection, this large-format poster book is the perfect accompaniment to the Big Picture Press’s Historium. This book allows you to decorate your walls with its beautiful imagery.

Great classroom resource for teachers also, I shall be decorating my classroom with these, for sure.

Published by Big Picture Press

1st March 2016

Dog Domino By Itsuko Suzuki

Another amazing game by Laurence King Publishing, love these!

This game is for two to four players and contains 28 cute and colourful dog dominoes. Have fun matching seven delightful pooches: Chihuahua, Dachshund, Dalmatian, Labrador, Poodle, Pug and German Shepherd. Get your last domino down first to win the game and become top dog!

Story Box: Create Your Own Fairy Tales By Anne Laval


Laurence King Publishing do the best children’s gifts. I am over the moon with this game. It is beautifully illustrated, and begs to be played with. The game contains 20 puzzle pieces that are printed on both sides, each one can be interchanged and mixed up to create weird and wonderful plots. There are three alternative endings in this 8-foot-long fairytale puzzle.

I can’t wait to watch my children playing with this. Coming out soon, I urge all you parents to go grab one. Chuffed to bits – thank you to the lovely people at Laurence King for sending me this gem.

Dog Bingo By Polly Horner

Laurence King Publishing do it again! I adore these games they are publishing. From someone with a keen eye for design, I find them to be irresistible. From a teacher’s mindset and parent’s mindset I find them the perfect educational tool, a fun, memorable and engaging way to learn about all the different breeds of dogs out there.

As well as all that, it’s fun for us adults too! And educational for us adults, if like me you can name about 4 breeds of dog.

Christmas is coming up; I’m going to be filling stockings with these.

Published by Laurence King Publishing.

Match a Pair of Birds, illustrated by Christine Berrie

I love these games sold by Laurence King – they are designed and illustrated beautifully and they are really educational. When I buy my VW campervan, these will be coming on holiday with the family and I. This is a great way for children & adults to learn how to identify different species of birds.

Match the male and female pairs of 25 species of birds from around the world in this beautifully illustrated memory game. To play, simply place the cards face down and see if you can remember where the matching bird is located. Collect more pairs than your opponent to win!

DOT Magazine – Vol 1

DOT is THE NEW creative mag for all little ones whose creative brain cells can’t stop buzzing!

Aimed at pre-schoolers eager to think and learn, DOT encompasses all aspects of a child’s life, from jumping in puddles to learning through play. It encourages kids to be resourceful and find solutions using all the tools they naturally have at their disposition: imagination, creativity and fun.

Its first issue has for theme SHAPES and carries stories, games and activities, all beautifully illustrated by Anorak’s chief designer Anna Dunn.