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Top 10 Children’s Books

Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted every Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers compile lists of different top 10s. This week it’s a rewind where we pick any previous top 10 we missed. I’ve chosen:

Top Ten Children’s Books

1) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory- Roald Dahl Who doesn’t love a good Roald Dahl book? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is my favourite, I only wish Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory really existed, it would be tons better than Cadbury World. I just found out there’s a pop-up version of this too, how awesome.

2) Not Now Bernard- David McKee I found this book very funny as a child, the idea that a parent might not notice that their son has become a monster! As an adult I can appreciate things about it which I didn’t as a child.

3) A Squash and a Squeeze- Julia Donaldson This is one I discovered working in the nursery. I love how dramatic the old lady is.

4) Special Powers- Mary Hoffman This was my favourite book for years and years. I used to borrow it from the library again, and again, and again. I probably should have saved up my pocket money and bought it. I would quite like to own it now but I have a feeling it wouldn’t meet up to my memories.

5) His Dark Materials- Phillip Pullman It’s been a few years since I last read about Lyra and her adventures, but I have re-read Northern Lights (or The Golden Compass if you live across the pond) more times than I can count. It was my favourite book for years. Even though it didn’t have such a big significance in my life I do actually prefer it to Harry Potter (Shock! Horror!).

6) Harry Potter 1-7- J.K. Rowling I’m sure it won’t take much browsing of my blog to realise how much I love Harry, and what an impact J.K’s books have had on my life. This blog probably wouldn’t exist if I hadn’t read Harry Potter.

7) Tom and Pippo- Helen Oxenbury another one I borrowed from the library again and again, this time when I was a pre-schooler. The tales of Tom and his toy monkey are cute and funny, and possibly where my obsession with monkeys came from.

8) The Alfie Stories- Shirley Hughes I loved the Alfie stories when I was little. I tried to share them with the toddlers at work recently, but I think maybe they were a little to young.

9) Bad Girls- Jacqueline Wilson I read a lot of Jacqueline Wilson books at the end of primary/beginning of secondary school. I think it was when I really started getting into ‘issue’ books. Bad Girls was my favourite.

10) Remembrance- Theresa Breslin was my favourite of a series of war books I read in my early teen years. I still have it on my shelves, and I’ve re-read it a few times. It still beats some of the adult war books I have since read.

11) (oops) The Hobbit- J.R.R. Tolkien I thought I had finished my list then I thought of this one. I’ve never managed to finish Lord of the Rings but I loved The Hobbit. My Mum read it to my sisters and I when we were younger and I still associate it with snuggling up on my parent’s bed.

If you have enjoyed this post you may enjoy my Children’s Hour feature.



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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was a re-read as part of the Harry Potter Read-a-Long.

This review may contain spoilers for the Harry Potter series of books and films.

Synopsis (from Amazon)

The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry needs to be on his guard at all times – his worst enemy is preparing a terrible fate for him.


Oh I had forgotten how much I loved this one. I mean I knew I love it but I had forgotten how much. I suppose the fact that the spine has fallen off my original edition shows how much it has been read, and that must show some love. I decided to buy a new copy because I neither wanted to destroy my original nor lug a great big hardback around with me (not that that ever stops me but it’s a bonus to buying a new copy). So I bought one of the new signature editions, which I think are really quite pretty but don’t hold the same wonder for the that the original children’s editions do, maybe simply because they are not the Harry Potter books I know. Anyway I am waffling.

Right from the onset Goblet of Fire promises an excitement which isn’t promised at the start of the previous three books. The Riddle House is somewhat of a mystery in the way it links to the whole story (I remember when I first read it someone asking me about The Riddle House). Savy readers will see the link between Voldemort’s real name (Tom Riddle) and the house, I don’t quite understand how I didn’t get it the first time, maybe just eagerness to get on with the story.

Then of course the excitement continues at the Quidditch World Cup, then there’s the Triwizard Tournament. It’s just excitement after excitement from start to finish. Considering how long this book is that’s no mean feat.

A lot of my feelings to do with this book are to do with my own personal Harry Potter history. It was the release of this book that made me realise that there were other people who loved Harry’s world as much as I did when I saw its release on newsround. I remember reserving the book at my local bookshop (which is the strangest bookshop come newsagent come grocers) and actually getting it a day early because that was when it was delivered. Oh the excitement that I could read this eagerly awaited book before most people had even got their hands on it! It was also this book which started getting me into fandom, so indirectly it’s to thank (or blame!) for this blog.

Ooh Order of the Phoenix next…that means I get to meet Luna!




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Harry Potter Reviews: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I will get these all done by the end of today!

Speculative Book Review “readers will find the Harry Potter series conventional when comparing it to the more innovative epic fantasy that is geared toward adults.”

Melissa’s Bookshelf “Vividly written, though not necessarily perfectly written, the tales of Harry Potter never seem to disappoint (yes, some are better than others), and the Half-Blood Prince is no exception.”

In the Shadow of Mt. TBR “While Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling  was an easy and comfortable read, it often fell flat and fizzled in places.”

Book Brothel “This might be the best book yet in the series – it’s full of action, great characters, suspense, mystery, and a struggle of good against an uncompromising evil force”

In Which Our Hero “Rowling’s storytelling skill becomes more apparent with every volume”


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Mini Review: Tales of Beedle the Bard

This review is more from memory than from a recent read, but I wanted to mention it

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a book of Wizard’s Fairy Tales. It features strongly in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and the story of the Hallows is taken from it. It’s a charming little book, the fairy tales follow a structure which will be familiar to anyone who has ever been told a fairly tale, but they are completely new tales. Of course the Tale of the Three Brothers is the one which is interesting in terms of the series itself, as it is the tale of the hallows, but in terms of The Tales of Beedle the Bard we already know the story from Deathly Hallows. My favourite is The Fountain of Fair Fortune, I’m not really sure, maybe just because it’s the closest to a ‘muggle’ fairytale. The book also includes notes and a forward written by Dumbledore, which is funny and well worth the read.

Don’t forget to enter my Harry Potter Giveaway, entries close tomorrow.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

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Harry Potter Reviews: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Today I will be looking at reviews of Chamber of Secrets on other blogs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I’m trying to use different blogs every day but do check out some of the previously mentioned blogs, most of them also review Chamber of Secrets.

Reading Through LifeI liked this book, but not as much as I liked Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Or, at least, in different ways.”

Bailey’s and Books “Rowling also knows how to build suspense and adventure that makes me want to keep turning the page”

Book Journey “I find each trip to Hogwarts to be more magical.”

Alita. Reads (watch out for series wide spoilers in this one) “I was amazed by Rowling’s attention to small details that become important later on in the series.”

And you can find my review on the previous post.


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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter series and was read as part of the Harry Potter read-a-long

Synopsis (from Amazon, adapted by me)

Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last …even getting there is an adventure in itself! The three firm friends, Harry, Ron and Hermione, are soon immersed in the daily round of Potions, Herbology, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, and Quidditch. But then horrible and mysterious things begin to happen. Harry keeps hearing strange voices, and sinister and dark messages appear on the wall.


How much I love his book, for the longest time it was my favourite Harry Potter book, and now it shares that position with Half-Blood Prince (if you have read both you can probably guess what I liked about these two). I must admit part of what I loved about this book is that I felt I was looking for it for forever after having loved Philosopher’s Stone- I must have missed it immediately though because I don’t have a first, or even second edition. My joy when I found it, finally, though was so strong.

I must admit this is the one book where I really like Ginny, and it’s a book where we first really see her (apart from a small couple of glimpses in Philosopher’s Stone) [highlight for spoiler]as well as a book where Ginny is a very important character. I guess I like the funny little moments when she is in front of Harry she seems so young and innocent [highlight for spoiler] and yes I think that picture of her is important, you would never in a million years suspect Ginny, or at least not until she was going to tell Harry and Ron.

Something I do find about the book though is that it really is very, very dark. I know they say that the books get darker, and maybe in ways they do, certainly there is more of a threat a little later on, but at least that threat is known. I mean nobody knows what is happening in the school, nobody knows who is controlling what is happening, and Harry is hearing voices in the wall. Sometimes an unknown horror is worse than one that you at least know something about, at least with the later books they knew the threat was Voldemort and they knew, at least up to a point what they would get from him. Even when you know what this horror is it still seems so unknown and impossible to control [highlight for spoiler]I mean even Voldemort can’t kill you by simply looking at you! (As they say in Potterwatch (Deathly Hallows:

“So, people, let’s try and calm down a bit. Things are bad enough without inventing stuff as well. For instance, this new idea that You-Know-Who can kill with a single glance from his eyes. That’s a basilisk, listeners. One simple test: Check whether the thing that’s glaring at you has got legs. If it has, it’s safe to look into its eyes, although if it really is You-Know-Who, that’s still likely to be the last thing you ever do.”

And that’s not even mentioning giant spiders, or an angry Snape!

What I really like about this book though is the information we get about Tom Riddle. It’s really interesting to see where he came from, and a bit of what he was like in school. I find it interesting that even early on I liked this aspect, even when I did not know how important it would turn out to be later on


Don’t forget to grab your chance at winning the whole Harry Potter Series in my giveaway


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It’s Harry Potter Week on Lucybird’s Book Blog


Yes that’s right, in commemoration of the release of the final Harry Potter film and the end of an era this week is going to be Harry Potter Week here  at Lucybird’s Book Blog.

I’ll be posting a Harry Potter related post everyday this week, starting off with a review of the film later today. Plus keep tuned tomorrow for my Harry Potter Giveaway.

Plus everyday I’m going to be posting links to Harry Potter reviews on other blogs, so if you would like your blog to be featured please link me to your post.

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eeek excitement POTTERMORE!


Wow this is much much excitement! See I can’t even use words properly!

From the video I am most excited about the extra snippets J.K talks about, anything new always drives me crazy and I still want to know MORE!

It sounds kind of like an online community too, I love forums so am happy in that respect but wonder how much it will actually give us that a ‘normal’ forum doesn’t? And how awesome would it be to be one of the people to be let in early?

There is more information on The Leaky Cauldron

  • You will be like another character, getting sorted and even getting a wand from one of 33,000 combinations!
  • There will be lots of information on McGonnagal’s backstory (which could well be interesting)
  • You will get exclusive information about your house (unless you are sorted into Gryffindor)
  • Will not included the encyclopaedia, this will be a paper book, if it ever happens (WHAT it might not happen…I was hoping for it for so long though!)

Can’t wait for 31st July to try and get in early!



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Harry Potter Read-A-Long


I had been thinking about re-reading the Harry Potter books and I saw that one of my favourite blogs Giraffe Days is hosting a read-a-long so it’s the perfect opportunity. It’s pretty easy going, a book a month starting this month.

I’ve been thinking about Harry a lot recently. Even though I don’t really rate the films the last one coming out this summer means that I feel a little like it’s the end of an era. It’s not the same as the release of the last book, but there’s a certain sadness and I want to connect with that world again


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Film of the book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1)

This review contains spoilers for the Harry Potter books and films.

I’ve been really books excited about this film. It’s strange because I don’t usually really like the Harry Potter films. I love the books so much that I am disappointed by the films. I hate it when they miss anything out, or change anything. The dementors have always been a real irritation for me, they are so different in the films, dementors don’t fly! Unfortunately they still annoyed me in this film, not only by flying but also because they seemed to be able to administer the kis by just being there, but hey it’s minor really isn’t it? They’re not such a big thing in this film as in Prisoner of Azkaban so I could leave it alone really.

I did actually like this film quite a lot, certainly better than the other films so far. I wasn’t sure how they would keep it going as a lot of the time the trio were basically just camping. I think it was done quite well. They kept in important parts but still managed to show the progression of time. There were a few points I was really impressed by. I think Hermione wiping her parents memories was done really well, you could really see her sadness and her determination, it seemed more like an aside in the book. I really liked Dobby, he was like the best bit of the film, so awesome.

I do think the person sitting next to me knew Harry Potter just from the films. I thought it was quite coherent but she kept asking her friend questions, so I think again knowing the book is advantageous to seeing the film. I suppose it’s a good thing in a way because it may encourage people to read the books too, and I always advocate that.

There were a few little things that got to me. I wished the memorial to the Potter’s was still there, it was a really moving part of the book, made me cry a little. I had really liked Potterwatch in the book and was sad to see that cut, maybe it’s not an important thing but it was really the trio’s link to the rest of the wizarding world. Also the taboo put on Voldemort’s name wasn’t mentioned which I think could be kind of important. I find it easier now to accept changes, and I try not to look for them, but I can’t help but notice. I think the changes in this were pretty minor but they still bother me a little.

Overall this I think has been the best film so far, but not a patch on the book.


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Book Blogger Hop

Again I’m taking part in the Book Blogger Hop, which is a great event taking place every week that helps book blogggers to find one another. To have a look just click the picture. If you’re here from over there welcome! I hope you enjoy looking around, feel free to comment anywhere and pop in to say hi here- I promise to visit your blog in return.

As usual I will be posting my best finds on Monday.

Over the last couple of weeks Jennifer has been asking questions so we can get to know each other better this week she’s asking about our favourite authors and why they are our favourites.

I have a few favourites. JK Rowling because I just love the Harry Potter books, they completely take you into a different world- it’s escapism, and it’s what really brought me to the online world (for more see my me and books section). Jasper Fforde because his books are so clever, there are all types of references that readers like us will appreciate, plus his books are funny and exciting. Sebastian Fawkes because he can really take you into another time and get inside another person’s head. Birdsong remains one of my favourite historical fiction books even though I read it when I was back in school, and Engleby actually made me like a potential murderer. Haruki Murakami, because his writing is so beautiful that it’s almost poetic and his stories are like nothing I’ve ever read before.


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