Pawsome Book Club: Paddington at Large by Michael Bond

Hiya pawsome peeps! How’s everything going?

Last week, me and Little Miss Diva went to Thimblemill Library to exchange our old books for new ones for The BFR. Along with the books, we also got some cool prizes! 🏆 Our first was…a BFG – or Big Friendly Giant – pop out bookmark! It is PAWSOME!!!

The other prizes we got were…our first two Collector Cards!!! 🂠 🂠 They feature some of Quentin Blake’s amazing illustrations picked out of Roald Dahl’s books. On the backs, there’s all sorts of things! There’s tongue twisters, practical jokes and more! One of the cards even has a ‘Scratch n’ Sniff’ smell on them! When you scratch it, it pongs badly!!! YUUCK!!!

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Once again, I am going to be reviewing a book that I have read for The BFR. This time, I have put the scary business to one side and went for something different. The book that I have chosen for this post is…Paddington at Large by Michael Bond!! I can guarantee that Micheal Bond is one of the most PAWSOME writers in the world!

 

The front cover of this book is adorable and eye-catching at the same time. A chubby lil’ bear in a tuxedo and a red hat! Who wouldn’t want to pick up that book?

The main character (or should I say animal!) in this book is a bear called Paddington and this book takes you through the adventures he has and the mischief he gets up to. You will surely burst into fits of laughter!

I would definitely recommend this book to people who love adventure and have a taste for humour. It is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and I’m sure that many of you will too! You won’t regret it!

Finally, rating! The number of stars that I am giving this book is…5!!! Yay!!! It is probably one of the best books I have ever read! It really deserves 5 stars! If you would like to read this book, visit your local library today and ask about it!

Oh well, that’s all, folks! Remember to look out for more reviews from my Pawsome Book Club! 😉

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The BFR – Summer Reading Challenge

Hey pawsome peeps! Hope all is well…

Yesterday was officially the first day of the Summer Holidays! Yay!!! 😎 I have got a very jam-packed plan to keep me busy all throughout the summer, and I’m sure your schedule is too. Talking about keeping ourselves occupied, a PAWSOME challenge was recently launched last week on Saturday 16th July. It was called…The Summer Reading Challenge!  📚 It is a reading challenge that takes place in the summer holidays every year.

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Since The Summer Reading Challenge is a yearly thing, there is a theme for each one. This year the theme is called The Big Friendly Read and it is marking 100 years of the world’s famous storyteller, Roald Dahl! That’s why the title sounds like one of Roald’s well-known books, The Big Friendly Giant or The BFG!

Moving on, I will tell you the purpose of this challenge. Nowadays, children are playing video games and watching TV. The aim of the challenge is to encourage children to drop everything, grab a book and start reading! Believe it or not, reading can take you on the journey of a lifetime! If you want to find out more details about it, you can visit the website: http://www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk  On their website, you will find a book count and till now, 543, 877 books have been read! WOW!!! That’s a lot! I bet that when summer ends, we can reach a million!

To complete this challenge, you will to have to read 6 library books of your choice and visit the library 3 times. As you progress throughout the challenge, you will be rewarded with amazing things like rainbow glasses and wristbands. And, at the end of the summer holidays, your local library’s representative will go to your school and give you 2 final awards, a medal and a certificate! 🏆

Last week, me and Little Miss Diva already signed up for The Summer Reading Challenge at Thimblemill Library, our local library, and we borrowed 2 books each. We also got a cool folder called The Collector Card Folder. It will be used to store our collector cards each time we visit. I have already finished my first book and I’ve just got a few more pages left in my second book. I’ll be going back tomorrow to exchange them for another 2 new books. Maybe I’ll get some collector cards then!

To end this post, I am pleading to everyone, spend your summertime wisely! Don’t waste it away, sign up for The Summer Reading Challenge! That means less time on Minecraft and Pokemon Go! 😉 Don’t delay, read today so TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD! 💪

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CHOC-A-LOT!!!

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What is chocolate?

In this piece of writing, I can help you learn a choc-a-lot more about the history of chocolate. Chocolate is a type of sweet dessert that is normally brown, white or black. It is made out of the seeds of the cocoa tree, cocoa butter, sugar, lecithin and vegetable fat. It’s a great, yummy treat for everyone to enjoy. Read on to find out more about how chocolate shaped it’s way to today.

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Who invented chocolate?

The first people to discover chocolate were a tribe called the Aztecs. I’m sure that you’ve heard about them before. The Aztecs were a wandering tribe that lived in Northen Mexico. They believed in human sacrifice and that it would keep the sun god alive. As I mentioned earlier, the Aztecs were the ones who invented chocolate. But, their chocolate was in a different form. It wasn’t a block, it was a drink, kinda like hot chocolate. The drink was made out of various seasonings and was mixed with ground cacao seeds to make the finishing product, a spicy, frothy drink which they called chocolatl. I think that we should thank the Aztecs for bringing chocolate into our lives. Without it, we would have died!

Choc-a-lot!

Chocolate comes in many flavours, shapes and sizes. You might have some which are as big as a human, or one that looks like a ball or even mushroom flavoured chocolate! The most common types of chocolate are:

  1. Milk chocolate
  2. White chocolate
  3. Dark chocolate

Some other types are:

  1. Chocolate orange
  2. Strawberry chocolate
  3. Bittersweet chocolate
  4. Sweet chocolate

And many more…

One type of chocolate that I have tasted before had an edible wrapper! How PAWSOME is that!

Famous brands

Like all the chocolate flavours, there is a variety of chocolate brands that are around the world. Some of the leading brands are:

  1. Kit Kat
  2. Mars
  3. Galaxy
  4. Twix
  5. Snickers
  6. Aero

And the one we all know and love…Cadbury! To be honest, I think that Cadbury makes the most astounding chocolate in the world. They make caramel, dark chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate and heaven knows what else.

There are many other chocolate brands too like:

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1. Mast Brothers

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2. Antidote Chocolate

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3. TCHO Chocolate

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4. Fine and Raw

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5. Rogue Chocolatiers

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6. Raaka Chocolate

And lots more hidden chocolate brands that are waiting to be found…

Remember when Hazel had a chocolate themed day and we came up with our own brands? Here are some of the great ones!

Shoaib named his chocolate ‘Finito’. A nice Spanish name, wouldn’t you say?

Another friend of mine, Norbert, called his chocolate ‘Blue Chooc’. I’m sure that it’s great for watching videos without any buffering so you can eat it straight away!

And Shreya had a company called ‘Saturn’. It’s so good that it’ll lift you off your feet!

Finally, the star of the show, ABUBAR!!! Abubar was made by the CHOCOSOME Abubakar. At first, when I looked at it, I thought that he had missed out the ‘K’ and the ‘A’ in his name. But, then I looked at it for a while and then I was like “Oh!!!” because I finally understood what he meant. It was a very great name though. In fact, it was the best!!!

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Roald Dahl and his Chocolate Factory

As you all know, there is a movie about chocolate that is called ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. This movie is based on a book written by the famous author, Roald Dahl. He is my favourite! The movie is about a poor boy that gets to go on a trip to a marvellous chocolate factory. The owner of the factory was a crazy yet wonderful man called Mr Willy Wonka. He could make any type of chocolate in the world! Easter eggs, gummy bears, chocolate balls, you name it! One day, Mr Wonka decided to let five children into his factory but those five children had to find one of the five Golden Tickets that were hidden in five of Wonka’s chocolate bars. Luckily, Charlie, who thought that he would never find one, worked hard to find the last Golden Ticket and in the end, he actually did! The other four children were:

  1. Veruca Salt
  2. Violet Beauregarde
  3. Augustus Gloop
  4. Mike Teavee

The movie is always featuring different types of chocolate and naughty Oompa Loompas are popping out of nowhere at any time. Sometimes, it kind of annoys me too! If I was Willy Wonka, then I would invent a type of chocolate flavoured chewing gum and if you ate it, then it would make bubble the same size as your tummy inside you and you would float up into the air! It’s perfect for astronaut training on Earth! (laughs like Willy Wonka)

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I personally think that the book is better than the movie because it has more detail and you can already picture the story in your head. Another reason is because I have always been a fan of books too. I guess that you can say that I’m a bookworm!

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Chocolate & kids

How much chocolate should children be eating? What are the affects of too much sugar and chocolate? Well, I have the answers for you right here. The average amount of chocolate that children should be eating is approximately 1 mini sized bar a day. But why is it so important to make sure that you don’t eat too much sugar? It’s because that kids can get illnesses if they do eat too much. The symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • Cause swelling
  • Reduces overall brain function
  • Cause obesity

This is why it is important that your child is on the right diet and is eating the right food. Making sure that you are healthy can keep you away from any illnesses.

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Heaven on Earth…

There are plenty of landmarks that you can visit around the world where you can find out about the history of chocolate. One of the most famous is Cadbury World, which is in Birmingham, UK. I like to call Cadbury World ‘heaven on earth’. This magnificent place has an adventure playground for kids, a 4D cinema, the world’s biggest Cadbury shop, an Aztec jungle, a chocolate making zone and at the end of your visit, you get free chocolate! So, I’ve got plenty of reasons to call Cadbury World ‘heaven on Earth’. It’s not even heaven on Earth, it’s SIX heavens on Earth!!! I’ve been there myself for more than 5 times and I still can’t get enough of it. They should really appoint me to be the ‘mascot’ of Cadbury World! If any of you pawsome peeps get the chance, go and visit Cadbury World and experience it for yourself!

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This is not the choco-end…

If I was a chocolate, then I would be a bar of milk chocolate with a strawberry and caramel filling. On the top of me, I would have a layer of white chocolate sauce with sprinkles in it. There would also be some popping candy and jelly inserted here and there. I would also have a protective shield made out of transparent jelly so that no one could eat me (except me of course)!

I love chocolate, you love chocolate, we love chocolate! Who doesn’t? Kids love it and adults too!! Chocolate has always had a special place in everyone’s heart. Even on Halloween, if we go out Trick or Treating, we always prefer chocolate than candy. When the door opens and the bowl is held out, we always start digging for chocolate first. But, the worst would be using chocolate as a bribe! How can we possibly resist that delicious, smooth, silky chocolate when our parents try to bribe us to do something? There’s no way that we could say no to that. Not fair! Parents should be fined for misusing chocolate against us. At the end of the day, we are just poor, innocent creatures that are always vulnerable to the sight of chocolate!!!

Now, there’s no other way for me to end this article than to repost the song which I recently wrote about my own chocolate brand: Laffy Taffy!

LAFFY TAFFY

(lyrics by The Pawsome Lion)

Laffy Taffy, it’s really yuffy,

It’ll make you laugh all day long.

Laffy Taffy,

Sold it to my mate named Miffy, Gave it to her Grandma Jaffy.

Laffy Taffy, it’s so good,

Some people hide it under their hood.

It’s divine, it’s delicious,

It’s scrumptious not vicious.

It’s twisty, it’s turny,

It’s bendy and curvy.

It’s the Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy all day long!

Laffy Laffy, Taffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy…

I may not be Wonka but I can dance to Conga,

Coz J.O’s my brotha from anotha motha.

I may not have Loompas but I do have Toompas.

Try and close my factory down, I’ll make yours tumble to the ground.

I might not be toughy but I’m always laughy.

My Uncle Fun won’t believe it but I needed to achieve it,

Coz it’s Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy all night long!

Laffy Laffy, Taffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy…

When Harry met Sally, Choccy met Taffy.

This is no black or white, this is coco loves pinky.

When Barbie hugged Ken, Choccy hugged Taffy.

Let’s not get too warm or else we will melt,

Then all that is left, just a messy puddle,

So it’s Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy till it’s dawn!

Laffy Laffy, Taffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy Laffy Taffy…

APPENDIX

Cadbury World (click to watch video)

Chocolate Making (click to watch video)

Reference:

  1. http://www.cadbury.co.uk
  2. http://www.chocolate-history.co.uk
  3. http://www.selectism.com
  4. http://www.calypso.co.uk
  5. wikipedia
  6. Youtube
  7. Google Images

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