I have a confession to make. When I heard that there was a follow up to Riika Jäntti’s charming Little Mouse, I was as delighted as my daughter. The second book in the series continues the adventures of Little Mouse, as he helps Mummy Mouse in preparation for a visit from his friend. The book is beautifully illustrated with sublimely coloured pictures and lots of detail that could be missed on an initial read. Little Mouse’s big personality once again makes an appearance, to which parents will easily be able to relate! As always, Mummy Mouse prevents any tantrums from becoming full blown in her gentle and easy manner.

The facial expressions that Riika creates for her characters are incredible and they are exactly that; characters with character. Not only can parents relate to the story, but children can too due to the characterful depictions of the mice. It is comforting to see that Little Mouse is praised for his contributions helping round the house, which will encourage young ones to want to help their parents, too. He doesn’t always get things right, but he definitely tries his hardest.

To conclude, Riika has once again created another perfect book for children that is fun to look at and enjoyable to read. I, I mean, my daughter will be looking forward to more books from this talented writer.

Welcome back to #TalkoftheTown, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us. Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

How is it only just about 2 weeks to Christmas?? I’d better start to get organised. I am now officially on maternity leave and can fully concentrate on buying the last Christmas presents and prepare for Baby #2’s arrival in a few weeks time.

#TalkoftheTown will go on a Christmas break. This week  will be the last link-up for 2016, but fear not. We will be back on 7th January with some super exciting news! I cannot wait to share more details with you all. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported our Talk of the Town link-up in over the last few weeks!!

For the last Talk of the Town post of 2016, I am sharing our thoughts on the children’s book, Five Minutes’ Peace. This book is part of the Large Family series, that we had never even heard of before we picked up this instalment. We will definitely get a few other Large Family books – they are truly amazing!

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I think that my husband and I might even love this book more than other daughter. I swear it is secretly written for parents :-). Mrs Large has 3 little ones who are, how can I put this, quite challenging (just like little humans can sometimes be…). All she wants is five minutes peace away from her brood. Whilst the little ones are having their breakfast, she runs herself a bath, pours herself a cup of tea and is about to head upstairs when she hears a chorus of: “Where are you going, mummy?”.

After just a few minutes in the bath, the young elephant children follow her upstairs – the oldest wants to play her a tune on their flute, the middle one to read a few pages from her reading book and the youngest wants to jump in the bath together with Mrs Large. Sounds familiar??

 My husband and I always chuckle when we read this book. There is definitely a lot in there that every parent will be able to identify with. We’ve only bought this book a few weeks back, but it has become a firm family favourite.

Are you familiar with the Large Family series? Have you read any of the books?

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Welcome back to #TalkoftheTown, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us. Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

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I read and reviewed Debbie Johnson’s Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe a few weeks back and absolutely loved it. The lovely people at HarperImpulse are kindly offering one lucky blog reader the chance to win their own copy of this festive book. All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter link below (UK only, I am afraid). The giveaway will be live for one week. The prize will be sent to the lucky winner directly from Harper Collins Headquarters. Good luck!

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Welcome back to #TalkoftheTown, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us. Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

For this week’s Talk of the Town, I am sharing our thoughts on the children’s book There’s Not One, a review I have published a few days ago.

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OUR THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK

There’s Not One is without a doubt a standout picture book. It is very different to other picture books, yet strangely alluring. The storyline itself and also the illustrations are rather abstract which our little girl absolutely loved. It is very simply written so that young readers can actually read the story without much help from an adult. There’s Not One is very diverse and looks at different things around us (from baked beans to leaves and even stars).

To be honest, it took me quite a while to get used to the book as I was expecting a quite ordinary children’s book. However, there is not much ordinary about this book at all – which by no means is a negative! Our daughter loves and was intrigued by There’s Not One from the beginning on.

If you are looking for a slightly different and abstract children’s book which is engaging the curious minds of your little ones, that There’s Not One is certainly the right choice for you. 

Disclosure: We received a free copy of this book, but all thoughts and opinions are entirely our own.


Welcome back to #TalkoftheTown, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us. Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

For this week’s Talk of the Town I am sharing my thoughts on the debut novel Never Again by Nicky Clifford.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK

Never Again is Nicky Clifford’s debut novel. I really love reading books by new authors. Finding out how they approach and create their storylines is always like a fresh breath of air.

Nicky Clifford certainly does not disappoint. Set (mainly) in a hotel in the Swiss Alps, this novel explores the interrelationship between two characters, their background stories and the troubles (past and future) they are dealing with and have to come to terms with. There is also a wide array of supporting characters that each contribute their bit to the well crafted storyline.

Harriet leaves her old job behind to start afresh as hotel staff in Switzerland, but can she forget about all her worries or will her past catch up with her? Crime writer Philippe escapes to said Swiss hotel to find some piece and quiet to work on his new book. As soon as these two characters meet, they both know there lives will be turned upside down. Although Philippe has sworn off women, will Harriet be able to find a way into his heart?

Never Again is a clever and intriguing romantic novel. I loved that neither of the characters are perfect, but are going on quite a journey in order to deal with their difficult lives.

This book is definitely a debut worth reading and I’ll eagerly be awaiting Nicky’s next novel.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this novel, but all opinions are entirely my own.

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