Book reviews from tots to tweens

As many of your know, I love nothing more than burying my head in a good book and lucky for me my children feel the same way. I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting reads, for both them and me!

With a little help from my three girls,today I’m reviewing four children’s books covering ages from toddler through to tween. Because what’s better than children’s book reviews if not by children themselves?!

I also think books make the best presents (you can never have enough books!) and with Christmas fast approaching they may also be helpful for selecting a few titles to give as gifts this year.

For younger readers…

The Very Sleepy Bear by Nick Bland

Book review The Very Sleepy Bear Nick BlandSince receiving this book, it has become a firm bedtime favourite for Miss 2 who has retitled the book “The Sleepy Bear and the Naughty Fox”.

She’s totally right because one of the main characters of the book is a very cheeky fox who tries to persuade Bear to find a new cave so he can take Bear’s cave for himself and his forest friends.

I think this is one of my favourite books in the Cranky Bear series and Miss 2 seems pretty taken with it as well.

For intermediate readers…

The 91-storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Book review The 91-storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths Terry DentonThere was never any doubt that Miss 8 wouldn’t love this book. It’s the latest in the treehouse series of books and adds another 13 storeys of adventurous fun.

“The book was really cool. My favourite part was the big sandwich machine that creates humungous sandwiches,” Miss 8 said.

“Now I can’t wait for The 104-story Treehouse coming out August 2018!”


For older readers…

Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams

Book review Grandpa's Great Escape David Walliams

Miss 12 has enjoyed reading David Walliams’ book for some time now and this title was no different.

“This book is about a boy whose grandpa thinks he is still in the war. His grandpa gets put into a horrible old folks home and they are on a mission to help him escape,” she said.

“I enjoy David Walliam’s books because they are funny but serious at the same time. I’m starting to find them an easy read but still enjoy them.”

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Book review Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Both Miss 8 and Miss 12 enjoy reading this book.

From Cleopatra to Simone Biles, the book offers 100 short stories about inspirational women from around the world.

Each double page spread in the book features an inspiring story and gorgeous illustration of heroic women. Besides the fabulous content, I think that is one of the beauties of this book – you can pick it up, flick to any page to discover just one story or more if you feel like it or have the time.

I know I’ll be adding this book to my gift lift for the daughter’s of many of my friends – perfect for birthdays or Christmas!

If you’re interested in reading some of my other children’s book reviews for different reading stages and ages, click here. I have also some tips for encouraging children to read as well as how to choose the right book for your child.

Thank you to Dymocks for providing my children with these books for the purpose of this review. For more reading suggestions from Dymocks, visit

*This is not a sponsored post, however I was gifted these four books for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

13 thoughts on “Book reviews from tots to tweens

  1. Ha! I love this and it’s great to get the kids involved. I sometimes try to ‘interview’ my godson about books but it generally comes down to me reading the books to him. I love his responses though!

  2. We got the first treehouse book for Punky but we are yet to start reading it yet. I think she might still be just a bit young to read it herself confidently so we’re sticking with the beginner Dr. Seuss for now as she feels confident in reading those and they are long enough to make her happy. I plan on buying all of the Hairy Maclary books that we don’t already have for Christmas this year, and I really want to get the Goodnight Stories for Rebel girls as well, I’m thinking it will be a shared Christmas present for both girls.

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