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 Mr Hendrix and the Heroic Rescue. We have three copies of the book to giveaway!!!
Not all dogs have a picture book series based upon their lives, but one four-legged friend from Cheshire certainly does!
Mr Hendrix is a three year-old pomeranian puppy that lives near Manchester, England.
His owners, Anji Foxx and her mother, Jennifer, have spent years sharing stories with one another, and they thought they'd try and inspire other parents to do the same by creating a series of books based upon their much admired pet.
Getting attention everywhere he goes, especially from young children, Mr Hendrix inspired Anji and Jennifer to go into print.
Jennifer Foxx said: "Hendrix is an amazingly sociable character. We have always imagined him having a secret life filled with adventures and good deeds; we get stopped all the time by people wanting to stroke him and play, so writing the books was a natural progression for us."
Mr Hendrix and the Heroic Rescue is part of a series of books aimed at children up to 6 years old.
The picture books follow the adventures of Mr Hendrix and his friends, and each also feature activities for children to do, like spot the difference and colouring in pages.
Self Published by the Authors, Mr Hendrix and the Heroic Rescue is out now retailing for £5.99 in paperback.
It's easy to enter our giveaway! To win a copy, tell us what you'd call - or do call - a pet dog in a comment and by 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 Mr Hendrix and the Heroic Rescue
WHAT THE PARENT THOUGHT
I've spent the last, well, 6 years or so, attempting to convince my child that we do not need a dog. He thinks a dog would be a brilliant idea, not really understanding the commitment, but certainly adding to the claim that children love dogs.
I'm a massive advocate of reading to children, it's great to end the day sharing stories together. Whether they are ones from comics, magazines, picture books, novels, or indeed those that you've created yourselves reading and listening has so many, many benefits.
There's something quite lovely about a book that's been created by a parent and child team. A very noble and well intentioned project to add support to.
The books themselves are fun, the illustrations are cute and straightforward. It's characters are given life, personality and expression by the way they are drawn. Looking at a characters face will help a reader, and child, decide if they are happy, sad, worried or frightened.
Having activities in the back of the book are also an added feature that children will love, and perhaps themselves act as inspiration to interact with the books, or any children's books differently, perhaps with impromptu spot the differences or counting tasks.
Mr Hendrix is a hit here, although the jury is still out on whether we get our own pet dog any time soon!
WHAT THE TEACHER THOUGHT
Helen is an assistant head teacher at a large primary school, with specific responsibility for over 150 children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. She has nearly two decades' worth of experience of working with children up to 6 years old.
Below she tells us what she made of Mr Hendrix and the Heroic Rescue and includes her ideas of how the book could be used as an education tool.
"There are lots of opportunities to talk about feelings in this book. You could use it to talk about what it feels like to be things like happy, excited and tired."
"The books also deals with the important concept of 'being brave'. How we sometimes have to be able to deal with situations when we may be a little bit frightened of them."
"It could also help you teach children the virtues of being kind, helpful and what an unselfish action is."
"If you're looking for counting opportunities, with children getting to drips with their numbers, this book provides plenty. The illustrations are nice and clear making it easy to set counting challenges."
"Understanding differences is also important for young children, and the book having a character with a different accent can help stimulate discussion and ideas about differences between people and characters being okay."
"I think children will love the activities they find at the end of this book. Though I'd have some small reservations about encouraging children to colour in books, but I guess that's an opportunity in itself to explain to kids where and where not they should be taking a pen or pencil to a book's pages."
SO, YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF MR HENDRIX AND THE HEROIC RESCUE
So that's what we made of Mr Hendrix and the Heroic Rescue and we have three brand new copies of the book to giveaway.
It's easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us what you'd call - or do call - a pet dog in a comment and by 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.