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The Fascination by Essie Fox #Review #Giveaway

   Today be prepared for a dark, Victorian gothic novel! The Fascination by Essie Fox is published on June 22nd by Orenda . For the chance to win a print copy of The Fascination see the foot of this post for details. Victorian England. A world of rural fairgrounds and glamorous London theatres. A world of dark secrets and deadly obsessions… Twin sisters Keziah and Tilly Lovell are identical in every way, except that Tilly hasn't grown a single inch since she was five. Coerced into promoting their father's quack elixir as they tour the country fairgrounds, at the age of fifteen the girls are sold to a mysterious Italian known as ‘Captain’. Theo is an orphan, raised by his grandfather, Lord Seabrook, a man who has a dark interest in anatomical freaks and other curiosities … particularly the human kind. Resenting his grandson for his mother’s death in childbirth, when Seabrook remarries and a new heir is produced, Theo is forced to leave home without a penny to his

The Julia Donaldson Story Collection


Today on the blog I have the Julia Donaldson Story Collection. These picture books will appeal to 5 - 7 year olds. The beautifully illustrated rhyming books are long standing favourites with many families. Of her numerous books, The Gruffalo is the most well known and has been translated into 43 languages.

You can order the collection here: Books2Door

Titles in the Collection


The Gruffalo

    The Gruffalo's Child

    The Snail and the Whale

    Room on the Broom

    A Squash and a Squeeze

    Cave Baby

    The Paper Dolls

    Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

    The Smartest Giant In Town

    Tyrannosaurus Drip






My Thoughts

This is a lovely collection of picture books which many young children will recognise as old favourites. They all bear the hallmarks of Julia Donaldson's rhyming stories which are so suitable for reading aloud. They are tailor made for sharing and there are so many opportunities for language development and empathy. Packaged in a colourful book bag, they are perfect to carry along especially with the summer in mind.

    My particular favourite is Charlie Cook's Favourite Book which has a wonderful cyclical structure as it moves through different genres of stories. There is plenty to notice in the illustrations and as this photo of a double spread from A Squash and a Squeeze shows, even the youngest child will appreciate the humour in the stories.


About the Author

Julia Donaldson is an extraordinary author of children stories, prior to Donaldson releasing her first book, she was in fact singer / songwriter for children shows. The song Squash and a Squeeze was then changed into a book with pictures in 1993, during this time she actually collaborated with the amazing illustrator Axel Scheffler, 6 years later Donaldson published the famous The Gruffalo. Julia Donaldson has made a strong impact in the world of children's publishing, being a Children’s Laureate between the years of 2011 and 2013. Julia Donaldson has written over a massive amount of books of more than 180, some of which includes the Songbirds books as part of the Oxford Reading Tree series.

 ISBN: 9781509801251 

Book link: Books2Door

Thanks to Books2Door for a copy of the collection. 


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