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28 January 2013

Pale Henry and Stuart the Bug Eating Man - Book reviews and giveaway!

Published by My Little Big Town, the Tiny Twisted Tales collection is a range of quirky yet entertaining stories for children from Calvin Innes, two of which we received for the Mini Mes to read.




Jamster loves everything that is disgusting and gross being a 6 year old boy so Stuart the Bug Eating Man was perfect for him! This funny poem follows Stuart who loves to scoff bugs, much to his family's horror, who's disturbing habit results in a new job and great wealth with it! The book has a great hidden message; whatever your talent is you can pursue it and become successful regardless of what others may think, which I think is valid for little ones to learn.




The book is suitable for children over 5 and Jamster found it easy to read himself. The language is descriptive with great illustrations of bugs across the pages and cats too, which are based on the authors own pets. Many a time did Jamster (and Minxy) say 'Eww' between giggles of laughter at the humourous story. They really seemed to enjoy how unique it was in comparison to other tales we have read before. I feel these would encourage reluctant readers to pick up a book due to the strange storyline!



"A tall glass of juice, made of slugs all ground down. 
It was covered in foam and was an odd greenish brown"









Pale Henry is a book based on a young boy aged 8 who has spent his childhood hidden away in the attic as he is too shy and afraid to play outside. One day he decides he has had enough of the darkness and being alone so he ventures outside realising just how great it is to have fun with others. The story will help to encourage children to build friendships and step into the unknown by helping them to understand it's not as difficult as it seems and a lot of fun can be had when you try new things. It also helps children to feel that being different from the norm is fine and that if you don't want to join in every time that is OK too. This story features more imagery of spiders and bugs and is another interesting yet original read. This poem is suitable for children aged 7+ but both of the Mini Mes enjoyed this story and were able to read it themselves.


"Glorious colours, filled all of the sky, and birds sang out loudly as they went flying by."


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For your chance to win the complete collection of Tiny Twisted Tales which includes Pale Henry and Stuart the Bug Eating Man you can enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below.
The competition closes on 11th February 2013.
Good luck!



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*We were sent two books for the purpose of this review. The opinions given are honest and our own.*
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    1. my son loves this one too. I always buy it for people - its such a heartwarming story :)

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  36. Hi! I have added a link to your review on my own blog post on Pale Henry, hope you don't mind. http://chezmaximka.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/pale-henry-tiny-twisted-tales.html
    I am not entering a competition. :)

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  75. Cool site! I reviewed the same book recently (PH) and wanted to see what other people thought of it. I'll have to come back and visit sometime soon!

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