The Mummyfesto by Linda Green – review

I’ve never been a big fan of politics but lately my interest has grown, particularly as a mother. Often the government lets families down and it seems like the whole political world is money focused rather than life focused. The Mummyfesto takes this into consideration as it follows three mother’s on their journey to try and change the world of politics.
From great ideas like funding for children’s hospices  dementia care plans and anti-bullying measures to the ridiculous ideas like privatising the Royal Family and replacing the House of Lords with Mumsnet, the mummfesto starts off it’s life in the kitchen of one of the mothers who ironically lives at number ten!
The three main characters, Sam, Anna and Jackie, each have their own family issues, Sam has a seriously ill child, Jackie a mother with Alzheimers and Anna troubled teenagers. Other issues include unexplained infertility and a loveless marriage. They start out with a campaign to save their local lollipop lady and end up standing in a general election, facing many life changing challenges along the way.
There is something to appeal to all in this book, laughter and sadness, friendship and failed relationships, love and duty. While at the same time making the reader think hard about the changes they would like to see in the way the country is run. The reader is actively encouraged to put forward their own suggestions for a mummyfesto by visiting the site or by tweeting @QuercusBooks or @lindagreenisms using the hashtag #mummyfest

Linking this post to Catch a Single thought Book week linky;


The Colour Red – Book Review

I recently purchased Loss De Plott by Stephan J Myers and the author asked me if I would like a copy of The Colour Red which is a children’s book.

Loss is a little girl who loves to draw and one day one of the characters from her drawings came to visit with a gift, a book for her to record her dreams. 
The story is written in prose and my girls loved the story. We had to read it through several times so they could pick out all the rhyming words. There is nothing like poetry to get the little ones interested in reading for themselves. 
Full of beautiful illustrations the story takes you on a magical journey through dreams and drawings. Completely enticing and enjoyable for all ages.
You can purchase The Colour Red on Amazon and for the month of March Stephan J Myers is donating all royalties to Save The Children charity. How brilliant is that?
You can follow the author Stephan on Twitter and Facebook.
I’ll let you know what I think of Loss De Plott when I’ve finished reading 🙂

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz has always been a favourite of mine so I was thrilled to be given the chance to review a copy of the new book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published by Carlton Kids. The story is magically retold by Stella Gurney, and wonderfuly illustrated by Lorna Freytag.
I am also able to give away a copy of this lovely book to one of my lucky readers, just follow the instructions in the widget below.

As well as being wonderfully illustrated this book also has great pop-ups and pull the tabs to make reading it a fully interactive experience. I read the book along with Star (7) and Boo (5). Star is an advanced reader and had no trouble reading this but just to break it up for her we shared the reading. We all shared the fun of pulling tabs and making things move, and reading the little extra stories about the characters. The girls favourite page had to be the one with Oz’s balloon flying off without Dorothy. After I finished reading with the girls they continued to look at and play with the book while I cooked dinner. They were really impressed.

The story is a retelling of the original Wizard of Oz but it doesn’t stray too far. It still contained the old favourites like the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow as well as the famous yellow brick road.

Also this year is a fantastic live action Walt Disney Film, Oz:the Great and Powerful, a sequel to the original story, and an animated movie, Dorothy of Oz.

Now for you chance to win a copy please follow the instructions on the following Rafflecopter widget.
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UK only, sorry!

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.