June, 2018

BOOK REVIEW SUMMER 2018

by SHARON JONES

PRE-SCHOOLERS

ABC MINDFUL ME
ABC MINDFUL ME
by Christiane Engel (Quarto)
With life moving at an ever-increasing pace, it’s never too young to learn about being calm and present. Plus if you can learn your A-Z too, what a bonus. Every letter of the alphabet is coupled with a word that aids young children’s understanding of the fundamental principles of mindfulness, including love, kindness, gratitude and empathy. A sweet book which gives a nice twist on a tried and tested format.




THE STORY OF TANTRUM O’FURRILY
THE STORY OF TANTRUM O’FURRILY
by Cressida Cowell and Mark Nicholas (Hodder)
On a wild and windy night, stray cat Tantrum O’ Furrily tells her three hungry kittens a story to distract them from their hunger pangs. We’re introduced to Smallpaw who uses all her courage to find her own next meal. Beautifully illustrated, using a dark palate of colours, it also has a lovely twist in the tale, which is sure to delight young children.






LITTLE KIDS

THE RETURN OF THE RAILWAY CHILDREN
THE RETURN OF THE RAILWAY CHILDREN
by Lou Kuenzler (Scholastic)
This follow up to The Railway Children will definitely warm the cockles and Kuenzler has not strayed too far from the spirit of the much-loved classic. Set in WWII, 12-year-old Edie is worried about being sent away to live with an aunt she doesn’t know as her mum is a pilot for the Air Transport Auxilliary. Luckily, she gets on well with her aunt and her cousins Gus and Greta but it isn’t long before she’s wondering if the pair are harbouring a dark secret of their own. A clever re-imagining that encapsulates all the joy of the original to a modern audience.









SPLASHSPLASH
by Charli Howard (Nosy Crow)
This book packs a punch, tackling the world of competitive sport, body confidence, friendships and family dynamics. Set in Year 6, Molly dreams of being a champion swimmer, but when her best friend pressures her to conform to a particular body type, the real challenges begin. Molly also lives with her grandparents and coupled with a dad she doesn’t know and a mum who dips in and out of her life it’s a lot for young Molly to work out who she wants to be. Author Charli Howard is a body positive campaigner who wants to make the voices of diverse figures seen and heard.






BIG KIDS

DR CHRISTIAN’S GUIDE TO GROWING UP ONLINEDR CHRISTIAN’S GUIDE TO GROWING UP ONLINE
by Dr Christian Jessen (Scholastic)
Know your finsta from your rinsta? No? Keep up at the back. It’s fake Instagram vs real Instagram account of course. This book is essential for children (and parents) growing up in a digital world. Famous for his Embarrassing Bodies TV series and the bestselling book Dr Christian’s Guide To Growing Up, this is just what is needed to get to grips with how to keep safe online, online bullying, group chats, your digital footprint and so much more. An absolute essential read for teens navigating an ever-changing digital landscape.








LOOKING AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH LOOKING AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
by Alice James & Louie Stowell, illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff & Freya Harrison (Usborne)
Whilst we know the benefits of physical health, it’s easy to forget that young people also need to be mindful over their emotional and mental wellbeing. This book empowers youngsters with honest advice about ways of looking after their mental health in a fast-moving world. Using expert advice from the Royal College of Psychiatrists topics tackled include the science of anger, toxic friendships, sex and relationships and so much more.

MOANA FAMILY SINGALONG

MOANA FAMILY SINGALONG
2 JUNE
MOANA FAMILY SING-ALONG

The British Library, King’s Cross – www.bl.uk
Forget quiet at the library and make some noise at this special screening of the Disney hit set in Ancient Polynesia.

THE GINGERBREAD MAN

THE GINGERBREAD MAN
UNTIL 2 JUNE
THE GINGERBREAD MAN

Lyric Hammersmith – www.lyric.co.uk
A brilliant mix of puppetry, live action, great music, humour and a stunning staging of this well-loved classic tale.

BIOBLITZ

BIOBLITZ
2 & 3 JUNE
BIOBLITZ

Mordern Hall Park – www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Fancy volunteering? The National Trust needs help to identify as many different species of birds, bugs, plants and beasties this weekend.

SUPERHEROES & VILLAINS

SUPERHEROES & VILLAINS
UNTIL 3 JUNE
SUPERHEROES & VILLAINS

London Zoo – www.zsl.org
Head over to Superhero HQ to join in with our vets as they tackle plastic pollution, work with our keepers to help customs thwart the illegal wildlife trade, and become a ZSL scientist helping to monitor the effects of climate change.

FAMILY GARDENING FESTIVAL

FAMILY GARDENING FESTIVAL
Until 3 JUNE
FAMILY GARDENING FESTIVAL

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking – www.rhs.org.uk
Come prepared for planting, potato and spoon races, face painting, seed jars, craft activities and more at this unique festival.

BALHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL

BALHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL
UNTIL 29 JUNE
BALHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL

Various locations – www.balhamliteraryfestival.co.uk
A mix of adult and kids workshops and authors including Simon Hooper (Father of Daughters), Natasha Farrant and Melissa Hemsley. Held throughout June, the main weekend of 8-10th June sees a full programme of events.

NOT NOW BERNARD

NOT NOW BERNARD
NOW
NOT NOW BERNARD

Unicorn Theatre, Tooley Street – www.unicorntheatre.com
David McKee’s iconic picture book will be vividly brought to life in a brand new version at the Unicorn Theatre. Until 1 July.

OPEN HOUSE FAMILIES

OPEN HOUSE FAMILIES
9 & 10 JUNE
OPEN HOUSE FAMILIES

Venues across the capital – www.open-city.org.uk
Archikids has had a rebrand and promises to be bigger and better. Featuring craft activities, engineering experiments, tours and more.

PETER PAN

PETER PAN
NOW UNTIL 15 JUNE
PETER PAN

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – www.openairtheatre.com
The spellbinding reinvention of Peter Pan is back in these magical surroundings. Just remember to pack a brolly!

WEST END LIVE

WEST END LIVE
16 & 17 JUNE
WEST END LIVE

Trafalgar Square – www.westendlive.co.uk
An all-singing, all-dancing free celebration of the best of London’s theatre. Excerpts from top shows and loads of family fun.

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA
FROM 28 JUNE
THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

Piccadilly Theatre – www.tigerstealive.com
This famous adaptation returns to the West End for a very special season celebrating its 10th anniversary on stage and 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book. Until 9 September.

GIFFORDS CIRCUS

GIFFORDS CIRCUS
From 28 JUNE
GIFFORDS CIRCUS

Chiswick House & Gardens, Chiswick – www.giffordscircus.com
This year Giffords Circus, the traditional vintage company, celebrates the birth of the art form. Be sure to book. Until 9 July.

GERONIMO FESTIVAL

GERONIMO FESTIVAL
30 JUNE & 1 JULY
GERONIMO FESTIVAL

Knebworth House – www.geronimofest.com
Geronimo has kids at the heart of the festival. Acts include Mr Bloom, Justin Fletcher and Andy & The Oddsocks as well as various workshops and activities.

GREENDAYS FESTIVAL

Bedford Park Festival
9 & 10 JUNE
GREEN DAYS FESTIVAL

Acton Green Common, Chiswick – www.bedfordparkfestival.org

Two days of fun at the traditional fete and craft fair. There will be the usual mix of stalls and entertainment – 5-a-side football, Children’s Corner, Fancy Dress Parade, the Fuller’s Beer Tent, Refreshments, Bands and choirs, Bric-A-Brac, Win-A-Meal, Books, Plants, Cakes, Cycle Zone and much more. Plus Mass on the Green at 10.30 on Sunday.

All part of the Bedford Park Festival which runs 8-24 June.