The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: books

Top 10 Xmas picture books

19 Dec 2016

The third in our series of best Christmas books comes from Waterstones in Yeovil. Yes, I know it’s a chain but Marcus and the rest of the staff there make the shop feel like an independent, promoting local authors and helping to organise the annual Yeovil Literary Festival an’ all, so I’m including them here on the blog. They’ve put together their list of fave picture books.  If you quote ‘Muddy Stilettos’ at the checkout in the shop (Yeovil Waterstones only), you can get 10% off these titles until Christmas Eve!

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Muddy Guide: Thurs 3-Weds 9 November

3 Nov 2016

Stick Man, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 4-Sat 5 Nov

You wouldn’t think a show about a stick would be much cop but the story of the Stick Man who’s carried away from his family by a playful dog after going for a morning jog, and has all sorts of adventures on his way back home, is poignant and funny. The trio of actors from Scamp Theatre use everything from umbrellas to rubber beach rings to turn Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s famous book into a brilliant kids’ show.

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Brilliant books for kids

15 Aug 2016

If you can prise their fingers off their smartphones and iPads for a few minutes, slip one of these brilliant books (as recommended by Frome’s independent Hunting Raven Books) into their hands and look forward to some quiet time that doesn’t involve a Clash of Clans or a Pixel Gun.

Harper and the Circus of Dreams by Cerrie Burnell
Ages 7-10

This is an irresistible tale about Harper and her friends’ adventure in the spectacular Circus of Dreams. 

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top 10 picture books for children

31 Mar 2016

Continuing on from the top 10 chapter books for children, here are the top 10 picture books, courtesy of Muddy Stilettos Surrey…

What the Ladybird Heard Julia Donaldson (author) and Lydia Monks (illustrator)

A storytime favourite. Super villains Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len hatch a plot to steal the prize cow and only the ladybird can save the day! All of Julia Donaldson’s books are fun to read out loud but this one has a great rhythm to it.

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