Friday, 14 July 2017

Policeman Pete and The Hot Air Balloon by Barbara Ann #Review @policemanpete @authorightukpr

I am delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for the Policeman Pete series of books. Today as a family we will be reviewing Policeman Pete and The Hot Air Balloon by Barbara Ann.

Also after my review read on for a special safety tip from Policeman Pete but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

About the book

Policeman Pete and the Hot Air Balloon

Inspired by a close friend, who over the years has donated many hours of balloon flying time to local charities, Policeman Pete and The Hot Air Balloon is about friendship, which sees Policeman Pete, Sarah, and Adam being taken on a hot air balloon flight for Policeman Pete's birthday. 

My Review

One of the things that I really loved as soon as I saw the book was the size it's not very often that I see smaller books that aren't board books. It's always handy for me to carry a book in my bag that way I can entertain my two children when we are out and about. This is now their favourite book to read on the bus or if we are in a café, so sending a big thank you for that! As usual with any childrens book that I read I will be sharing the review from the viewpoint of not only myself but from Dex & Missy, so what did we think...

I love that all the Policeman Pete stories are based on real life events and in the case of Policeman Pete and the Hot Air Balloon it is inspired by Steve who has donated many hours of balloon flying time to various local charities.

I guess I will start with the illustrations as they are the first things that my little ones see. My little boy who is 4 years old was especially taken with the hot air balloon and we talked about how the balloon got off the ground and then he loved pointing out how high off the ground it went flying above the village. The illustrations are bright and eye catching which are great for small children to really capture their imagination.

The book is the perfect length, it's not overly long nor is it only a few pages in length. I found that it had just right amount of pages to keep my children entertained without losing interest. Even my 2 year old who's attention can sometimes wander listened to the entire story. They both sat and listened to the story but also commenting on some of the pictures and parts of the story. It's always lovely to read with my two children and it's even better when we can talk about the story together. They both especially loved the part where Policeman Pete discovers a stowaway on board. It's lovely to see Policeman Pete portrayed as kind, helpful and most of all friendly.

The map of the village towards the back of the book is a lovely touch along with real life photos of the hot air balloon.

A delightful story!

With thanks to Rachel at Authoright & Barbara Ann for our copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Read on for a safety tip from Policeman Pete.....

Policeman Pete Holiday Safety Tips

Tip 5

Policeman Pete says that the sun can be very hot and burn your skin, you may not feel it as you will be playing. So make sure that Mummy puts lots of sun lotion on your skin and wear a hat.

For Policeman Pete’s Holiday Safety tip from yesterday please visit Bookalicious Travel Addict

For Tip 6 today, please visit Writing Around The Block

and for tomorrow’s tip please visit Ali – The Dragon Slayer

About the author

Brought up and schooled in Oldham, Greater Manchester, at the age of 17, Barbara decided
on a nursing career. Later, she set up her own day nursery which she ran for a few years before supporting her husband in his busy profession. Fast forward to 2013, Barbara started writing and illustrating the Policeman Pete series. She currently lives at Brimmycroft Farm, in the small Saddleworth village of Denshaw, Oldham with her husband, horses, geese, ducks and cats. She is an active participant in charities involving law enforcement including the Blue Lamp Foundation. She has previously appeared on BBC Radio Manchester and been featured in the Oldham Advertiser and the Manchester Evening News.


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