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Review: Wimpy Shrimpy

In the next review, I’m looking at Wimpy Shrimpy by Matt Buckingham.

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My Rating:          

My Son’s Rating:

I really like how the story tackles the subject matter, without it coming across as condescending or patronising and it gives all introverts, who read it, a glimmer of hope that everything will be OK by getting over a fear.

Visually, the pages are engaging, with bright colours, lots of details and the emotions from all the characters are displayed through their faces and actions. I think the age range of this book is for slightly older children, maybe those who are of primary school age and have poor social skills or those who are just a bit shy and need a little nudge in the right direction.

I do feel Matt Buckingham, achieved the goal he set out to do, it is a complex topic which he completed so simply.

It is a good read, especially for children who are held back by a fear of some sort, it may not necessarily be a fear of being left out, but the general idea of changing your mind and doing the scary thing has been tackled so lovely within this story.

Personally, with having a few anxieties with my eldest about his social skills, I love this book for him.  He seems to enjoy it and always wants a re-read.  I find it an original story and what I enjoy the most is how much you can talk along with your children when reading it.  Each page has something new and engaging.

Comments from my son:

“I loved it when Shrimpy started to play”

If you liked this read, have a look at “Bright Stanley” by Matt Buckingham





As any reviewer will tell you, do your homework, and the results will pay off, so homework is what I did. If you feel I’ve missed something, please let me know. I’ve got notes upon notes of what to put in and leave out. Likewise, if it’s too long or too short do let me know. I’m refining this skill little by little every day.




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Children’s Story Update

Good evening all!

It has been a while but I’ve gone back to continue on my 3rd project.

I have mapped it out now and have the right direction, my only concern is that it may be too long but isn’t that what editing is all about?!

I have done about 150+ words tonight, considering it’s a book aimed at 5 year olds and it’s told in a rhyming method that’s actually quite a lot.

Progress is progress as the old saying goes.  Hopefully I’ll update again later this week.  I have taken a break from writing recently, not sure why but my head hasn’t been into it – it probably just needed a rest.

Catch you all again soon and thanks for stopping by.

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Project 3 Update

I’ve been busy writing my 3rd small project tonight and have decided to turn the story into a rhyming story for children.  I haven’t done any rhyming in a while and I have so many ideas of how I want the story to go I’m stopping for the night while I plot it all out.

The story is about a dragon who has hayfever!

I’ve read a lot of books to my children today, usually we do read quite a bit but with it being world book day I wanted to get moving with this project a bit more.  I think, because there are so many options when it comes to rhyming, this story may take a bit longer than expected to finish but I still hope for a finish at the very latest by next week.

I’m really enjoying it though to the point where it feels a bit overwhelming, hence the break for tonight but will easily have it done for next week.


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Naming & Shaming: Peppa Pig, Fun At The Fair

Next in my ‘Naming and Shaming’ series I’ve found yet another problem with the world of Peppa Pig.

Luckily, again, I do not own this so was able to put it back on the pile of rubbish before walking away feeling mad.

This book is called ‘Peppa Pig, Fun At The Fair’. Admittedly it was a basic story about the Pig family at the fair. Daddy and George went on the helter skelter whilst Mummy and Peppa tried some of the stalls.

I felt bad for Mummy in this story because it was hinted very early on that she wouldn’t win anything but when she got to the archery is where the story took a complete nose dive.

For a book that’s supposed to help children learn I was horrified when Mummy and Peppa reached the archery. The archer simply said this:

‘Don’t worry you won’t win, women are useless at this’

I’m sorry. WHAT THE HELL?! you can’t go printing that into childrens books, what message does that send out to not only children but to their parents? I don’t care if she got a bullseye you shouldn’t be putting the stereotypical gender idea in stories for children.

Grr it really irked me and I hope the book is either discontinued or it received a lot of complaints. Leave sexism out of childrens book please Ladybird!!

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Naming & Shaming: Peppa Pig, Daddy Pig’s Lost Keys

I have read a lot of childrens books over the years and quite alarmingly I’ve discovered so many things wrong with them. Either story based, grammar or even spelling.

So I’ve decided to give some space on my blog to the books that have sparked a fireball of fury when read to my children. As I’m writing my own, with the aim of publishing I’m astounded at the sheer volume of so many getting published!

Today’s book choice is Peppa Pig, Daddy Pig’s Lost Keys.

This is the book that really got me irritated.

At the top of the mountain Peppa and her family are on some sort of day out. George, Peppa’s little brother, asks to play with Daddy’s car keys but gets told no.

Here’s where it got me:

The page where Daddy says no to George, Daddy has the sheer cheek to be tossing the keys around whilst clearly taunting his son. Tisk tisk.

But guess what happens next? He drops his keys down the drain!I guess he got his upcommance after all.

The story then goes on where a lot of familiar faces try and help get the keys out. But here’s what makes my blood boil. The solution to this is to dig a massive ugly hole in the very beautiful mountain. And that’s where it ended.

What’s that going to teach children? Forget nature, as long as you have your keys then that’s fine?!?! Why couldn’t the Pig family get a lift with one of their friends instead? It really sickened me to read this and luckily I do not own this book but I felt the wrong message was being sent out in this story.

A book I would definitely NOT recommend. I hate Peppa Pig anyway, I think it’s for babies and it does nothing to help children learn about the wider world.