Thabo the Space Dude.

I recently had the privilege of meeting the author of this exciting book aimed at children 8 to 12 years.

Thabo the Space Dude is the story of an 11 year old boy whose loving family inform him that they are moving to Mars.

Feeling like his life could not get any worse he is forced to document his last days on Earth in a log book.

The story is written in log book format and highlights Thabo’s concerns about his move, if he will survive Mars boot camp, leaving his friends and whether he can steal a last kiss from the girl he likes.

A coming of age story that deals with the very real relatable issues that concern our tweens.

Interspersed with comic style illustrations, Lori-ann has captured the imagination of her young readers as they embark alongside Thabo on his life changing journey.

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Game of Humanity cards

Last year we reviewed the Game of Humanity cards.

Thus brilliant set of cards were designed to spread positive gestures one card at a time.

The idea behind this concept is to pick a card, complete the random act of kindness and leave the card with the person you gifted /helped for them to pay it forward.

You can purchase your own set at

Blog Challenge 12 … my favourite childhood book

As a child i was a regular bookworm.  I’d hide under the covers reading by torchlight and always had a book with me wherever I went.

At 12 I discovered the beauty of old world poetry and swooned at the works of Lord Byron and Dylan Thomas. 

Robert Frost soon worked his way into my heart with each line of his poem The Road Not Taken.

It wasn’t long after that I discovered the world of Shakespear and romantically read through his plays , devouring each word.

I’d  read all the children’s classics by 12 and started enjoying the works of Jane Austin, Charles Dickens and oddly Wilbur Smith.

But, I think if you ask me which book sticks out as my favourite on my childhood it would have to be Anne of Green Gables by L.M.Montgomery.

The story recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert to help them on their farm in the town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island

The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town. It describes her love of literature and later she eventually goes off to study teaching.

As a child i identified with Ann’s character and today it’s still one of my most loved books.

What was your favourite book ? 

Photo challenge day 1 ….. something I love

lighthouses. …. I love light houses.
I’m not sure where the obsession came from but there is something magical for me in the solid foundation of a lighthouse.

Papa and I have been lighthouse hunting over the last 3 years and as you all know our wedding and reception are at one of our local lighthouses.

On our recent road trip we discovered quite a few new lighthouses along our beautiful coastal shores and I purchased a copy of Gerald Hobermans Lighthouses of South Africa to see which lighthouses we havent yet seen.

What’s on your bookshelf? 

This is bears bookshelf…

Bears shelf
(We also have a book basket and a book bag downstairs)

I love books and believe to grow a reader a child should be surrounded by good books.

Our book choice for bedtime are : 

  1. Stories from the Bible for toddlers (his dedication gift from his nan)
  2. Several of Leap pad Scout books . He loves to lie and listen to his soft toy Scout telling him the stories. 
  3. Baby‘s first numbers and words …all toddlers need picture books.
  4. Smart kids zoom to the moon ….a cute story about a boy becoming an astronaut.
  5. Jonah and the whale (another dedication gift)
  6. Shake a sound lamb …which was too cute not to buy.
  7. A board  book about dolphins
  8. A set of Learning board books …. 12 mini board books that cover the alphabet, numbers and colours

A selection of our favourite bedtime books

This adorable set covers alphabet, numbers and colours

Nothing delights me more than to listen to bear chatter away as he reads to himself.

What’s on your bookshelf ?