4-7 books, Brilliant Books, Preschoolers

REVIEW: MATHIMALS by Jon Hales and Illustrated by Charlene Mosley

‘Do you find it hard to add? You tried but it just makes you mad?’


Hot off the press! This brand new picture book by author Jon Hales and illustrator Charlene Mosley is sure to fly off the shelves. This quirky book is engaging, entertaining and full of humour. Aimed at 2-6 year olds, this book is the perfect for anyone who finds maths a bit of a struggle but it would be equally as readable for children who enjoy maths too!

This rhyming story revolves around a professor who has some rather cheeky animals to deal with. With the help of his invention, we gain a wild lesson in addition as some weird and wonderful animal combinations present themselves. My daughter giggled away as we read this story together and she enjoyed making predictions about what wacky creatures would be invented next. The whimsical illustrations further add to the comedy as well as give children visual clues to assist with their adding skills.

I can see this book being used as a tool in the classroom. It lends itself well to being a useful teaching resource. There are many teaching opportunities within these pages for both teachers and parents. The illustrations make great talking points, not only for addition but for all four number operations. Before we reached the end of the book, my six year old was already coming up with her own ideas for ‘Mathimals’ and using the vocabulary of number and adding without even thinking about it. In my opinion, anything that gets children thinking about maths and numbers in a fun and non-threatening way has got to be a positive. It differs from the normal ‘counting’ type books for toddlers as there is an added problem solving element that evolves from the inventive word play and creative creatures.

There is a reassuring and inclusive tone throughout the book which I liked too. Do you find it hard to add? No problem, this can be worked through together but in a fun and imaginative way.


Enjoy meeting the ‘Mathimals!’. Available to buy now from Amazon.

4-7 books, Brilliant Books, Preschoolers

WEEKLY ‘WHAT’S ON THE SHELF?’ I NEED A WEE! By Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet

“No! You can’t wee in there!” whispered Robot. “It’s a teapot – not a wee-pot!”

Welcome to the first of my weekly “What’s on the shelf?” posts. When I asked my daughter which book I should pick, I knew what her answer would be. She loves anything by Sue Hendra (we all do!) and loves adding to her collection. However, this is her absolute favourite book of all time!

The story is about a gorgeous knitted bear who goes by the name of Alan. He is having sooooo much fun playing with his friends until…. you’ve guessed it – he needs a wee! His adventures continue whilst he gets more and more desperate! Hilarity ensues as obstacles and distractions present themselves and finding a suitable place for having a wee becomes more and more unlikely until finally… well, I’ll leave it up to you to find out!

The bright and vivid illustrations help the story along, the expressions on the characters’ faces are adorable and comical at the same time! I have definitely developed a soft spot for Alan!

This book is laugh out loud funny. My daughter has read this time and time again and never fails to giggle at Alan and his antics. A fabulous, fabulous story that will appeal to children and adults alikeĀ of all ages. ‘Perfect for anyone who’s ever been desperate….’

Brilliant Books, Preschoolers

REVIEW: TEN LITTLE PIRATES By Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty


Our first adventure takes takes us sailing the seas, confronting sea birds, being zapped by lightening and of course searching for hidden treasure!

My son recently turned 2 and was bought this beautiful hardback version of the story by a good friend. We love receiving books as birthday presents especially when it’s not a book I have come across before – a new adventure to open and discover!

My daughter announced that she had been read this book at school so was already familiar with the story. Within minutes of reading, my 2 year old was ‘arrrrrring’ away with the pirates and joining in as much as he could with the counting. “Oh no!” he exclaimed as the pirates were picked off along the way. My personal favourite page has to be when pirate number seven gets seduced by a singing mermaid and off he sails…!

A great little book for pre-schoolers and beyond. The story encourages number recognition, counting forwards and backwards, is repetitive enough to enable little ones to interact but also sparks the imagination with bright and colourful illustrations, big sound effects for reading aloud and inventive situations for the dispatching of the pirates along the way. This story will be sitting on our bookshelf for a good while.