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Disney A Twisted Tale – 3 New Books

A Twisted Tale

I had a book token that was burning a hole in my purse. When we went on holiday I nipped into a WHSmith and bought three Disney A Twisted Tale books.
I’d seen them on some book haul YouTube videos and had to get them.

Of course, I should have checked GoodReads before I bought them because none of them seems to have very good reviews!

Here’s what Goodreads says about Disney’s A Twisted Tale series:

Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed?

The first is A Whole New World.

A Twisted Tale A Whole New World

This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again

The second is Once Upon A Dream

A Twisted Tale Once Upon A Dream

What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.

It should be simple—a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess’, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.

With a desperate fairy’s last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent’s agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?

The third is As Old As Time

A Twisted Tale As Old As Time

What if Belle’s mother cursed the Beast?

Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns—a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.

But Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind—images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making.

I’m hoping that lots of the reviewers are wrong because I really want to love this series. The idea of it really appeals to me.


May Book Club – It Was A Loud One This Month!

May Book Club


Last month we didn’t manage to get hold of 8 copies of the same book for book club. Kaycee gave the members a book from her own library to borrow.

May Book Club

May Book Club
She organised general activities that worked for all the books, like Roll & Retell. This is where each number on the dice has a question assigned to it.

The questions work for any book and the kids take turn rolling the dice then answering the question about the book they read.

May Book Club Roll And Retell
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They also made bookmarks and had some non-book related games, one minute Lego challenges being one of them. It was very noisy!
Even noisier, though, was the game where they took it in turn to roll a dice and if one of them rolled a six they had to quickly put hat, gloves, coat and a scarf on. Then they had to try and unwrap a bar of chocolate with a knife and fork.
While they were doing that, the others kept on rolling and if someone rolled a six, they had to get the hat, scarf, gloves and coat of the first person and try to open the chocolate themselves.

May Book Club

As you can imagine, the noise levels went through the roof!

Ant and I spent the afternoon in the garden where it was nice and quiet. He did some gardening, I did lots of reading!

May Book Club

Kaycee organised some book club homework but I’m not sure if everyone remembered which task they’d been set. At the end of the book club, she said, “I don’t think anyone’s going to do the homework. Nevermind!”

May Book Club

May Book Club

After a few of the girls had gone home, the ones who were left went outside to release some energy. The new favourite thing to do in our back garden now is to hang upside down on the apple tree :o)

May Book Club - Hanging upside down on the apple tree

May Book Club hanging upside down on the apple tree

We went to The Works and Asda yesterday looking for some affordable books we could buy for them for book club in July. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any so I have to try and find some on the internet today.

Next month’s book club will be based on the book, Goth Girl that we reviewed earlier this month. We only have one copy so they’re having to share it!


Goth Girl – Kaycee And Ella’s Book Club & Book Review #19

Goth Girl


Kaycee and Ella haven’t had a book club this month yet. They’ve both been busy with school projects and family outings.
We’re hoping to organise it in the next week or so. At least everyone has had plenty of time to read their books!

Looking ahead to book club next month, they received Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse to review. It’s written and illustrated by children’s laureate, Chris Riddell. Kaycee started reading it first and she’s going to pass it on to Ella when she’s done.

Goth Girl and the ghost of a mouse

We’re passing it around to each member of the book club and Kaycee’s going to get them all to dress like Goth Girl when they meet to discuss the book.
I can’t wait to see them all dressed up and to share the photos with you!

Cover Design

I have to say I love the design of the cover. I was a wannabe goth when I was a teenager, I just never had the courage to be different to everyone else!
The book is aimed at readers aged 7 – 11 but speaking as a 40-year-old reader, it’s got something for everyone.

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the first book in the Goth Girl series. The illustrations make the book for me. They actually made me long for the days when all the books I read had pictures!

Ada Goth

The book centres on Ada Goth.

Ada Goth from Goth Girl

She’s the only child of Lord Goth of Ghastly-Gorm Hall.

Lord Goth from Goth Girl

Her mother died when she was little. She looks just likes her mother and her father can’t face seeing her too often because it makes him sad.

He makes her wear big clumpy boots so that when he hears her coming, he can go into his study to avoid her.

It all sounds quite sad when it’s put like that but Ada understands why her father acts the way he does. They do spend time with each other once a week when Ada takes tea with him.


At the start of the book, we’re introduced to the little ghost mouse whose name is Ishmael.

Ishmael mouse from Goth Girl

I have to say, though, it’s another sad part when Ishmael’s telling Ada how he followed a delicious smell to a part of the house he wasn’t familiar with when…. SNAP! He was white and see-through and hovering in the air.

Plenty Of Humour

It’s not a sad book, though, it’s really not, no matter what impression I’ve just given you from my review! It’s funny and entertaining and just a really good read. I laughed out loud when we saw Ada’s previous governesses. Hebe Poppins, who kept bursting into song was my particular favourite!
When she found that Ada wasn’t unhappy or shy, she ran away with Van Dyke, the chimney sweep!

Ada is sometimes lonely so she’s very happy when she meets William and Emily. They’re the children of an inventor whom Ada’s father invited to stay at the hall and then forgot about.
William and Emily are members of the Attic Club and Ada asks them if she can join. Other members include the young maids who aren’t normally allowed to talk to Ada.
When one maid asks if she’ll get into trouble for talking to Ada, Emily tells her, ‘what happens in the Attic Club, stays in the Attic Club’!

I love the little nods to other literary works, historical figures and movies, like Fight Club, Peter Pan, Frankenstein and Mary Shellfish, the novelist! It’s these that makes the book enjoyable to older readers.

I can’t wait for Ella to read this book, she’s going to love it. I know the rest of the Goth Girl books will be on the birthday wishlists on Amazon very soon 🙂

Amazon Blurb

Here’s the blurb from Amazon where it’s now available to buy in paperback.

Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the beautifully illustrated winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award.

Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she’s honest, she’s rather lonely.

Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house and, together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael, the three children begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it’s too late!


Author Spotlight – James Patterson – Book Display

Author Spotlight James Patterson

I’m not a James Patterson fan but only because I’ve never read any of his books. I’ve got one on my ‘to be read’ bookcase but I keep putting it off. I’m not sure but I will get to it one day.

I never realised how many books he’d written until I started working at my local St Barnabas charity shop. We always get loads donated but just recently we seem to have had more than usual. The other volunteers mentioned that we had more than usual and asked if we could do a display.

I’d organised displays for the next few months but decided to move them around and fit in another Author Spotlight display.

Author spotlight James Patterson

Author spotlight James Patterson

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Meet Someone New, Read A Biography – Book Display

Read A Biography

We get an abundance of biography and autobiography books donated to the St Barnabas charity shop where I volunteer.

I did a book display with them to try and sell off some of the surplus stock 🙂 It did quite well, I’m happy to say.

Meet someone new, read a biography

Meet someone new, read a biography

My, ‘to be read’ list contains a few autobiographies. I’m looking forward to reading Anthony Kiedis and Suggs.
I’ve also got Dear Fatty to read by Dawn French. I don’t know when I’ll get round to them though, I have so many books I want to read and not enough time to read them all!

The next display is another author spotlight. We’ve been donated a huge amount of James Patterson books so hopefully putting them on display will help them sell faster. There are just too many of them to fit them all on the shelf!


Maureen Lee Author Spotlight – Book Display

Author Spotlight Maureen Lee


Maureen Lee is a very popular author, well she is in our  St Barnabas shop anyway! I put about 25 of her books out on the display table on Friday. When it came time to change the display, there were only about 6 left.

Halfway through the week, I had to condense the display to half the table as we didn’t have enough books to add more. I put children’s books on the other side!

We have an abundance of James Patterson books now so maybe I’ll do another author spotlight in a few weeks. From experience, James Patterson is even more popular!

Maureen Lee Author Spotlight Book Display

Maureen Lee Author Spotlight Book Display

Maureen Lee Author Spotlight Book Display Poster

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My Weekend Is Booked – Book Displays

My Weekend Is Booked

I spent the first weekend of the school holidays reading my book so this was certainly true for me! It was a lovely relaxing start to the school holidays. It helped me stay 3 books ahead for my Goodreads challenge!

I picked a selection of genres to display at the charity shop, St Barnabas, where I volunteer 2 mornings a week.


My Weekend Is Booked Book Display

My Weekend Is Booked Book Display

My Weekend Is Booked Book Display

We’ve also done a ‘Special Diets’ display and a ‘Creative Crafts’ display. They were both very popular. Someone bought one of the dietary books before I’d even had a chance to go and fetch my camera!

Special diets book display

Special diets book display

Creative Crafts Book Display Poster

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St Patrick’s Day Book Display – Irish Authors

St Patrick’s Day Irish Authors

I collected all genres of books by Irish authors for our St Patrick’s Day book display. Here’s a little about St Patrick from Wiki:

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Some of the authors I collected were:

  • Marian Keyes
  • Frank McCourt
  • Roddy Doyle
  • Sheila O’Flanagan
  • Cecelia Ahern
  • Cathy Kelly
  • Maeve Binchy
  • Eoin Colfer

I have quite a few Marian Keyes, Cecelia Ahern and Maeve Binchy books but just lately I’ve been favouring thrillers.

St Patrick's Day Book Display Irish authors

St Patrick's Day Book Display

St Patrick's Day Book Display Irish authors

St Patrick's Day Book Display

St Patrick's Day Book Display Poster

These Books ‘BLUE’ Us Away – Book Display

These Books BLUE Us Away

We collected lots of books with blue covers for our book display. The customers at St Barnabas loved it 🙂

These books BLUE us away

These books BLUE us away

These books BLUE us away

These books BLUE us away

Next week I’ll be writing about Kaycee’s and Ella’s first book club instead of showing you one of my book displays. They’ve been sent 6 copies of James Patterson’s new children’s book, Jacky Ha-Ha and some other items to make the book club meeting fun.

Kaycee’s finished the book and Ella’s over half way. They’re both really looking forward to having their friends round to discuss the book. I’ve ordered some nibbles and drinks for them to enjoy 🙂

Read It With A Box Of Tissues – Book Display

Box of Tissues

Read it with a box of tissues is a book display that showcases true life stories. I used to be a fan of those kind of books but since having children, I can’t read them anymore. Most of them are about the author having an awful childhood and they make me too sad.
I just don’t understand, after having three gorgeous babies and watching them grow into wonderful children, how anyone could ever mistreat their child.

I do understand why people read these books, though. They help bring awareness to the public so these things aren’t kept secret.
I suspect telling their story also helps the author move forward with their life.

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay

Read it with a box of tissues - Book DIsplay


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