Cantankerous kings and magic dinosaurs

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One of my daughters is in the phase I like to call the testing twos and the other is a typical threenager, but this I mean she is only three but acts like a teenager. Perhaps Phil Allcock who wrote cantankerous King Colin is aware of both of these stages. The girls are currently in a no and independent phase, which whilst I like to encourage their independence also wish they would listen.

King Colin does what he wants because he is the king. He is silly, smelly, dirty, lazy, grumpy, crazy and naughty. The girls laugh at the things he gets up to and even shake their heads and say he can't do that mummy at others. Even King Colin has to realise he can't do what he wants all the time. The girls relate to this book and it is a lovely way to show them the importance of listening.

We were sent another book from the wonderful range at Mavericks books, Hocus Pocus Diplodocus. I like this book because it shows that it doesn't matter if you are different you can make wonderful things happen by being yourself. The illustrations for this book really bring it to life. The pace of the book is such that it is easy to read and my girls sit and enjoy the story.  Without giving too much away, if you did ever wonder what happened to the dinosaurs then you should read this book.

Maverick also sent a 2014 catalogue with the books which I have had a good look through.  A few things have caught my eye.  One of which is the ITV signed stories app.  Whilst I am yet to download this app it sounds fantastic.  It is designed to bring stories to life with engaging sign language.  My eldest loved learning sign language and still signs so this would be a wonderful app to encourage her to sign more.

We were sent King Colin and Hocus Pocus Diplodocus to review.  All words and opinions are my own

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