WIN!!! A wonderful addition to your children's bookcase with this Tidy Book's book review and competition post. You can win your child a copy of Go To Sleep of I let Loose the Leopard, the debut picture book from Steve Cole. We have three brand spanking new copies to giveaway!!!
Steve Cole is a prolific children's book author. He's the man behind the Slime Squad series, and has sold over 3 million children's books.
His success has not been limited to one particular genre of children's books, and he has titles ranging from pre-school poetry to Young Adult thrillers. He's also recently been announced as the new author of the next wave of Young Bond books.
Go To Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard is his first children's picture book, and he's teamed up with Bruce Ingman, who illustrates the story that he has created.
It follows two children who are not really listening to their new babysitter. The temporary carer tries all types of tricks to get the kids, Joe and Ellie, to go to bed but none of them are working.
She playfully teases the children with the idea of letting a leopard loose if they don't go to sleep. Seeing through the baby sitter's seemingly hollow threats the children are unsure as to take any notice.
The story takes an unpredictable, and funny, and smile inducing twist. A fabulous bed time read about a situation that many children, parents and indeed, baby sitters, will be familiar with.
We have three copies of it to give away.
It's easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us your tip for getting your kids off to sleep by leaving a comment and liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below. If you'd like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest or Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.
But before you give yourself a great chance of winning a copy of the book have a read of what we made of Go To Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard.
WHAT THE PARENT THOUGHT
We're already fans of Steve Cole here. My boy has previously loved the vulgarity and humour of his Slime Squad stories, so I was very much looking forward to see the same author's take on a different genre of children's book.
Children not going to sleep for their babysitter is something I found akin to my own childhood. I think I was quite a mischievous youngster, and would always encourage my little sister to join me in winding up any new baby sitters that are our parents had convinced to look after us. Not unlike Joe and Ellie in this book.
I can recall being told all sorts of rubbish to get me to behave. Some I believed but most I didn't. But if a baby sitter had threatened me with a leopard, I'm not quite sure how I'd have taken that one.
This story is one that made me smile, an entertaining read at bedtime for younger children. I think I would have used it to encourage my child to NOT be like Joe and Ellie (no one tell him I didn't exactly practice what I preach).
The illustrations and story line are full of imagination and are things that you can easily relate to.
WHAT THE TEACHER THOUGHT
Helen is an Early Years Foundation Stage manager, with many years of experience and currently has the responsibility for the education of over 170 children. She took a good look at Go To Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard, and this is what she thought.
"This book is funny, but is also good as a tool for introducing maths to children. You can talk about time, and the number of times things happen."
"The bold print is good, and a great prompt to ask children why they think those words are more prominent, or even just to get those learning words to read the ones in bold."
"The small details in the illustrations add a lot to the book. Expressions on the characters' faces provide opportunities to ask children about how a character may be feeling."
"Also, you don't really get many stories that feature babysitters. And this one is good from the point of view of talking about the concept of baby sitters, and reassuring children as to how 'baby sitting' works, or should work!"
"The book talks about 'calm' and again this is a rarity in books, yet it is something we are always asking children to be."
SO, YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A COPY
So that's what we made of Go To Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard and we have three brand new copies of the book to giveaway.
It's easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us your tip for getting your kids off to sleep by leaving a comment and liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below. If you'd like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest, Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options. Good Luck!