This is my first book review, and a children’s book review too! As the reason for writing this blog, is to act in someway as a journal of my family, I thought I would explain a little bit more about my family, and what books mean to us.
I am a lapsed book-worm, I love reading, in lots of different genres. I find it hard to read as much I would like with children, but if I find a book I enjoy I struggle to put it down. I always and have my own ending in my head, if I’m not satisfied with how a story has concluded then I change (yes really) I am a sucker for a classic!
Favourite read: Jane Eyre
Has little time for reading, though he is partial to the odd sporting autobiography. He is often given books for Christmas (by me) and rarely reads them. Loves reading stories to the girls, and its great at doing the voices!
Favourite read: Around Ireland with a fridge.
Is a prolific reader, yes she only 8 but always has at least three books on the go on her bedside table, one in her school bag and her reading book for school, thank goodness for the local Library!
Favourite read: The thing she read last 😉
Loves having a book read to her, especially at night after her bath. Prefers short stories, or ones with recognisable characters in, and picture books.
Favourite read : Winnie the Witch.
Twitter is a great place for following authors, publisher and bookshops, it has given Miss N the opportunity to review books for Waterstones and others. It was on twitter that I started to follow Amy Trevaskus (@AmyTrevaskus) the author of the Ping and Pong collection. If you don’t follow her already I strongly advise you do, she’s lovely!
You can purchase the books on the website here: and here is how the series is described on the site:
Ping and Pong are the friends that every child deserves, they take imagination and the importance of learning and turn it a fun adventure.
Ping and Pong feature in a range of books that will grow with your child. Whether your child is two or twelve they will love the stories written just for them (we are sure you will become quite fond of them too!)
Ping and Pong : Splash
This is the first story, where Lucy finds Ping and Pong, living in a grandfather clock. They then all go off to the park. As the first book in a series it is the setting up of the three main character, introducing each of the personalities. Its main theme is friendship and imagination.
Miss N first comment was that she loves the illustrations, the tallness of the characters she really identified with them – we are a tall family!!
Wow, I love this book! I really like how Ping is so daring and will take a risk. As for his sister, she gets a bit frightened especially at the park on the swings. Also the pictures really stood out for me. You really cannot miss these books!!!
We all enjoyed this book, loved the theme of the park and splashing in puddles, it was a perfect length for either Miss N or Tall Dad and I to read to Miss A.
Ping and Pong : Grow
The second in the series. In this story Lucy, Ping and Pong discover how to grow vegetables with Lucy’s Nan and Grandad. The imaginary element is stronger in this book I thought. I also loved that it explored growing things like carrots and strawberries at an allotment. The illustration again were fabulous, we particularly liked the overhead view of all the different sections of the allotments and Ping and Pong asleep leaning against the label for the strawberries. Miss N did have an imaginary friend, but grew out of it – it was a boy who lived in the down stairs loo. I think these books would be lovely if you child did have an imaginary friend, as a way of talking about the subject. Great book, and again perfect as a bedtime story.
There are 10 books planned in this series and we can’t wait to read the next!
thank you for reading