Author: Jonathan Hennessey
Artwork: Jack McGowan
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications; 01 edition (7 Oct. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0399578908
Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
I was sent this book to review and I was really excited as many members of my family are big gamers and we have been gaming for many years. When I was a teenager consoles were just coming into use in homes and I had to play my games in arcades, which was no great difficulty as I worked in one! 
This book is so much fun and really interesting for any gamer no matter how long they have been gaming.

The Blurb

Author Jonathan Hennessey and illustrator Jack McGowan present the first full-colour, chronological origin story for this hugely successful, omnipresent artform and business in the form of a graphic novel. As he did with The Comic Book Story of Beer, Hennessey provides readers with everything they need to know about video games–from their early beginnings during World War II to the emergence of arcade games in the 1970s to the rise of Nintendo to today’s app-based games like Angry Birds and Pokemon Go. Hennessey and McGowan also analyse the evolution of gaming as an artform and its impact on society. Each chapter features spotlights on major players in the development of games and gaming. The result is an easily digestible, giftable package that contains everything that gamers and non-gamers alike need to understand and appreciate this incredible phenomenon.


My Verdict

I love this book, it’s easy to digest, fun and interesting. I may be biased as a gamer but I’m pretty sure it would be enjoyed by non-gamers too. It would make a great Christmas present. The book is Paperback but quite big and sturdy. The comic strip images remind me of the comics that were around when I was younger so a little more nostalgia to enjoy. It’s a great read for those who remember the old consoles (like me) and those that want to learn about the history of games. 

BUY

You can currently buy The Comic Book Story of Video Games on Amazon for just £13.44 (RRP £16.99) Do you know anyone who would enjoy this book?



Disclosure: I was sent this book to review from The GMC group, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

front cover of the book my illustrated encyclopedia for children
Title: My Illustrated Encyclopedia
Author: Alain Gree
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Button Books (7 Nov. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1908985965
Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 1.5 x 21.7 cm
We were sent this encyclopedia to review and it really is a lovely book. The images are delightful and bound to catch the eye of any young child. It’s aimed at children aged 5-11 years and is hardback so will last a long time.
The book has 80 pages and contains 500 illustrations from the archives of Alain Gree. It covers a huge range off subject areas including insects, birds animals, fish, weather, farming, trees, flowers, transport and space. The book provides the ideal opportunity for paretns ad young children to discuss the many subjects covered, giving children a wonderful platform to learn and ask questions about the world around them.
pages from the book showing different kinds of boats.
There are pages with the lovely illustrations to give you an opportunity to talk about the objects, like these different types of boats for instance. Then the next page will give more information such a how they work or interesting facts, or a more detailed look.

The recommended retail price for the book is £14.99 but you can currently buy it at a discount on Amazon for just £9.34
Do you have a child keen to learn about everything? 
This would make a great Christmas present.
Thank you to The GMC Group for sending me this book to review, please check out all the other wonderful books they have to offer.
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How many of you out there have kids that play Roblox? I have three who love it because it contains a whole range of games for them to log on and play. Did you know that players are able to develop their own games for the site too? I logged on to my Little Man’s Roblox account and he has 20 games in progress of being developed. He hasn’t managed to finish any of them and when I asked why he said, because the coding is too difficult. Well done to him for trying though.

It’s because of this I jumped at the chance of reviewing the book, The Gamer’s Guide to Coding, by Gordon Mc Comb.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sterling (7 Oct. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1454922346
ISBN-13: 978-1454922346
Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
Straight away Star got stuck in reading away for ages. She is learning coding at school too so this may be a little extra boost for her. It is set at children aged 12 and over so she is the perfect age for it. The Little Man is only 7, so it’s a little tough for him but I’m sure with my help we can get through the basics and maybe get a little further on developing his Roblox Games.
The book starts with the basics, looking at coding with HTML, CSS and Javascript. I love that the book starts really simply, it eases you in so it’s great even if you have no experience at all of coding.
In the Appendices of the book you are given details of a completely free support site where you can find free bonus games, links to the best online references and book updates. You are also told where to play and publish your games whether it’s your own computer, the internet or on a mobile device. 
A lot of people find coding a daunting subject. I remember, once during a psychology course, we were put as a group in a room with a computer and told to make a program that models a child’s maths skills. I was dumbfounded at first, having no computer experience at all (we are talking early 80s here) I was completely lost. Once we started writing the code though, we realised that it was quite natural, for such a simple program it was just a case of putting in commands that said, if ‘this’ happens then follow with ‘that.’ Then you can follow with certain variables or looping your commands. Starting at the very beginning is not as daunting as it first seems and my kids are keen and eager to learn. 


With this illustrated, interactive guide to coding, readers will discover how to create, test and play fun 2D computer games. no prior programming knowledge is required to become proficient: just follow the easy step-by-step examples to program and share games on an Apple or Windows PC, Android device, or Apple iOS tablet. With code instructions in JavaScript – a user-friendly programming language used in millions of websites – this book is the perfect springboard for mastering any coding skill. 

Do you know of any budding computer game buff who would love this book?

For Ages 12+ and retail price £19.99
Distributed by the GMC Group 

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This is ground control to Major Tom, are you ready for lift off? You will be after working your way through this fabulous book, The Space Craft Book.

Author : Laura Minter and Tia Williams
ISBN13 : 9781784943653
Binding : Booklet
Pages : 64
Photographs : 170 photographs
Series Title : Little Button Diaries
Publication Date: November 2017
The GMC Group have kindly offered to give away three copies of this book to my readers, aren’t you lucky! Read on for my review and fill in the widget below to enter the give away.

First Impressions

I have reviewed a book from The Little Button Diaries before, it was all about Pirates. We had lots of fun trying out the crafts, especially the cake. I knew straight away that The Little Man would love this Space Craft Book but I didn’t realise just how excited he would be. He wants me to make absolutely everything in it! Starting with the Walkie Talkies, after all, you need to keep in contact when you are in space. 

We love the bright colourful photos and the easy to follow instructions. There are crafts for all sorts of abilities, from the novice to the more experienced. There are even instructions for party food and a lovely recipe for a Moon Cake.

The Blurb

5…4…3…2…1… blast off! Create awesome space accessories for mini astronauts to pay with.
The sky’s the limit with this inspiring craft book, which contains 15 easy-to-make projects for budding space explorers. With clear step-by-step pictures and handy templates, there are also ideas for a space party and instructions on how to build your very own rocket den,  ready for intergalactic missions to explore unknown universes! 

Our Verdict

The Little Man has already given me his list of everything he wants me to make and I’m collecting all the materials. It should be noted, though, that these crafts are mainly for parents to make for their children, rather than children making them themselves. Any child would be thrilled with the crafts though so it’s worth it and they will get lots of play from them.
You can purchase the book from GMCGroup for £5.99

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If your handy with a pair of scissors and want to make your little astronaut happy then please enter my give away to win one of three copies of The Space Craft Book. 

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My kids are fast growing out of picture based books but my Little Man still loves them and I love them because the illustrations are usually delightful.

We were all impressed by the illustrations in this book, Maurice the Unbeastly.

Hardcover: 26 pages
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Publisher: Sterling (7 Oct. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1454919531
ISBN-13: 978-1454919537
Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1 x 27.9 cm
As you can see Maurice was a very attractive beast, much to his parents dismay.

So his parents send him off to The Abominable Academy for Brutish Beasts.
But, things didn’t really go to plan!

The moral of the story is there is nothing wrong with being different, and this is put across brilliantly.
Maurice becomes he hero when the Academy is invaded by a scary creature and soon earns a different but positive place in the Academy. A nice touch is how none of the monsters in the Academy look the same, it’s certainly a celebration of being different that young children will relate to.

The story by Amy Dixon is lovely and the illustrations by Karl James Mountford really bring the book to life.
Released on October 7th 2017 you can purchase this hardback book for £12.95.

About the Author:

Amy Dixon is one of seven siblings so the only peace and quiet she got was inside a book. Amy and her husband Rob wrangle their four beasts in Clovis, California where she encourages them on a daily basis to be less beastly.


About the Illustrator:

Karl James Mountford has been drawing, painting and generally making a mess since he was a kid. This hasn’t changed much as he’s gotten older. Born in Germany, he was brought up in the UK and currently lives in Wales. He and his sketchbooks rarely get a day off.



Disclosure: We were sent this book to review from TheGMCGroup where you can purchase all kinds of lovely books for all ages. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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