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Mums NI Book Nook - August 2018

Mums NI Book Nook - August 2018

Mums NI Book Nook - August 2018
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Written by Mums NI on Monday, 30 July 2018 Posted in: Mums NI Book Nook

Here we have the August 2018 instalment of the Mums NI Book Nook.

This month we have some lovely books for children, especially for those little ones just about to start nursery/school in September.  We've included the eagerly awaited new book from Laura Vanderkam which is going to help you get on top of all your tasks so that you feel less stressed, be more organised and feel more energised! 

Read on.

Mums NI Book Nook - August 2018
Mums NI Book Nook - August 2018

Find Spot at the zoo

Ages: 0 - 2
Author: Eric Hill

Spot is visiting the zoo! Which animals will he meet?

Join Spot and his family as they explore the zoo and meet lots of new animals along the way. Going to the zoo is an exciting first experience for toddlers, and Spot is no different - he loves meeting the monkeys, penguins, and tigers!

This brand new Spot adventure is full of unexpected lift-the-flap surprises and all the fun and humour that has made the original Where's Spot? a children's classic.

A new series based on the key elements of the original Spot lift-the-flap titles, with bold, simple design and unexpected humour.

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Mums NI Book Nook - August 2018

Stanley's School

Ages: 3 - 5
Author: William Bee

It's another busy day for Stanley and friends.

At Stanley's School, Little Woo, Sophie and Benjamin enjoy storytime, playtime, measuring, and painting - all in one day! 

The perfect story for little ones who are about to start nursery or school.

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Mums NI Book Nook - August 2018

The Day I Became the Most Wanted Boy in the World

Ages: 6 - 8
Author: Tom McLaughlin

Nine year old Pete is about to have the worst day ever in this laugh-a-minute illustrated adventure!

There's nothing Pete loves more than sitting at home, being quiet and watching the snooker. But when he accidentally bumps into a local gangster, Pete and his super annoying next door neighbour, Sammy, are caught up in a series of events that get worse and worse at each and every turn.

Now Pete is in a race against time to prove his innocence – but it's tricky to do that, especially when everyone thinks that you're the most wanted boy in the world.

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Mums NI Book Nook - August 2018

The Guggenheim Mystery

Ages: 9 - 11
Author: Robin Stevens & Siobhan Dowd

My name is Ted Spark. Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye. This is the story of my second mystery.

This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works. Then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft, and I realised just how important it was to find the painting, and discover who really had taken it.

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Mums NI Book Nook - August 2018


Grown ups
Author: Joss Sheldon


Beloved friend,

The year is 2084, and that famous Margaret Thatcher quote has become a reality: There really is no such thing as society. No one speaks to anyone else. No one looks at anyone else. People don’t collaborate, they only compete.

I hate to admit it, but this has had tragic consequences. Unable to satisfy their social urges, the population has fallen into a pit of depression and anxiety. Suicide has become the norm.

It all sounds rather morbid, does it not? But please don’t despair, there is hope, and it comes in the form of our hero: Renee Ann Blanca. Wishing to fill the society-shaped hole in her life, our Renee does the unthinkable: She goes in search of human company! It’s a radical act and an enormous challenge. But that, I suppose, is why her tale’s worth recounting. It’s as gripping as it is touching, and I think you’re going to love it…

Your trusty narrator,


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Mums NI Book Nook - August 2018

Wilde about the Girl

Ages: Grown ups
Author: Louise Pentland

Robin Wilde is acing life. 

After the year from hell, she's pulled herself up and out of The Emptiness, her love life is ticking along nicely, single motherhood is actually quite fun and she is ready for whatever life throws at her. When a thrilling opportunity at work arises, Robin is more than excited to step up and show everyone, including herself, what she's made of. 

But her best friend Lacey is increasingly broken-hearted about struggling to conceive, and her daughter Lyla is starting to come out with some horrible attitudes she's learning from someone at school. Is Auntie Kath hiding loneliness under her bubbly, loving veneer? And can Robin definitely trust the people she must depend on in her fab new role?

But Robin has her girls. And her girls have got her. Together they can handle any crisis. Can't they?

Life is about to throw quite the curve ball at Robin Wilde, and she'll need to make some pretty brave choices if she's going to stop everything she cares about falling apart . . . 

Get ready for the most hilarious, heart-breaking, uplifting and unforgettable novel of the year!

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Mums NI Book Nook - August 2018

Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done

Ages: Grown ups
Author: Laura Vanderkam

Learn to savour life's best moments - no matter how busy you are - through mindset shifts that alter your perception of time.

Laura Vanderkam, the acclaimed author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, isn't like other time-management gurus. She's not trying to shave off 30 seconds here or there; she's interested in the emotional and psychological side of the 168 hours everyone has each week. Her message is that we all have more time than we think we do, and can feel less stressed while getting more done.

With the right habits, you can live efficiently and effectively, and yet still see time as abundant. For instance, Vanderkam teaches:

- How to clear your calendar of activities that are boring, stressful or simply not the best use of your time- Why tackling your top priorities during the hours when you have the most energy will change your perception of what it means to be productive- How to linger in great experiences while they're happening, and why good memories seem to make time expand

Packed with insights from busy yet relaxed professionals, including 'time makeovers' of people who are learning to use these tools, Off the Clock can inspire the rest of us to creative lives that are not only productive, but enjoyable in the moment.

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