Innovative Books for the Modern Era

Innovative Books for the Modern Era

I posted a week or so ago about the wonderful books that were sent to us just before we left for our break to Bluestone. Two books that were included in the bundle were from Frances Lincoln and both are really interesting books. The first is a really innovative book that is part of a wider series, and this is  series that I think will do really well. The series, Classics unfolded is a new series of books from Frances Lincoln and are a really modern twist on some classics. I was sent a copy of The Secret Garden. The book is a fold out that covers 16 scenes from the original book and includes quotes from the original text and summaries of the key themes. It is a really interesting and innovative twist on a classic story, and it made me want to read the secret garden again in full. There are four books in this series so far, Pride & Prejudice, Romeo & Juliet, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Secret Garden. If Emma is reproduced in this format I will be buying it. Classics Unfolded The secret garden The book is innovative in that it actually doubles up as a lovely piece of art. The illustrator, Becca Stadtlander has a really lovely style and there is much to see if you look closely at the book. It is a really inviting look at the classics, which can often seem dense and without relevance to a modern reader. classics unfolded the secret garden I can see this series being a staple of our home library as they are so well priced at £6.99 per book and they are such a wonderful introduction to the classic authors. The second book I was sent to have a read through is quite different to the above, but also a modern book that looks at things in a different way. The Great Big Book of Families takes a new look at what a family is today. I hadn’t really thought much about how families are portrayed in the books we read, but often it’s mum, dad a boy and a girl. That looks pretty much like our personal set up, but that isn’t really representative of how things are for everyone. The Great Big Book of Families reviewThe book is in a really accessible format for all ages and Daniel has been quite engaged on some sections of this that he can relate to and has an understanding of. So things like the family tree and his grandparents etc. What I liked about this book is that it can be dipped in and out of and I can see this being a useful tool as Daniel and Emma learn more about the world around them. I liked the bit about celebrations and holidays. There are some things that we do and don’t do as a family that others may find different, so I can see this book being useful for Daniel and Emma to start to understand the many different ways of living that people have, and that different ways of doing things isn’t the wrong way. The illustrations are really lovely too and I think that, no matter what your own individual set up is I am sure that you will be able to find an example within the book that you and your children can identify with. This is a really lovely book with a gentle introduction to the many differences that exist between people. I love the style of this book and have since added the Great Big book of Feelings to my wish list for Daniel and Emma as I think it will be a great book to help them in managing their emotions – the terrible twos are quite difficult! I’m thrilled to be able to offer one reader the chance to win these two books. To be in with a chance, complete the rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  • The winner will be sent one copy of The Secret Garden (classics unfolded) and The Great Big Book of Families.
  • The competition will close on 24 April 2015




  1. Dianne Hanson
    8th April 2015 / 14:26

    I love The Little Price – would be wonderful in this classics unfolded format!

  2. 8th April 2015 / 14:32

    The Railway Children would be lovely too!

  3. 8th April 2015 / 14:35

    Little Lord fauntleroy or pride and prejudice.

  4. princesspoet
    8th April 2015 / 14:38

    Ps my blog is actually haven’t updated my gravatar yet!

  5. princesspoet
    8th April 2015 / 14:39

    Pps im a home ed mama too!

  6. Ray Becker
    8th April 2015 / 17:07

    wind in the willows

  7. Lisa Evans
    8th April 2015 / 18:46

    The bfg

  8. Corinne Henson
    8th April 2015 / 20:24

    Loved all of Roald Dahl books but George and his marvellous medicine was a fav of mine

  9. Kirsten Barthy
    8th April 2015 / 21:09

    Little Lord Fauntleroy

  10. Jo Jones
    8th April 2015 / 21:11

    The Railway Children

  11. maicakes
    8th April 2015 / 21:20

    Little women would be one I’d buy for sure!

  12. samantha price
    8th April 2015 / 21:24

    love the railway children

  13. John Tingay
    8th April 2015 / 21:50

    Watership Down would be a good Classics Unfolded.

  14. Harley
    9th April 2015 / 07:33

    Beauty and the beast

  15. 9th April 2015 / 08:03

    I think this would bring a lot of stories to life, ones that take place in environments that today’s young readers find it hard to visualise. Little Women, Five Children and It, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – they’d all make gorgeous books.

  16. JB
    9th April 2015 / 09:30

    Peter Pan

  17. laura stewart
    9th April 2015 / 17:58

    The Railway Children

  18. Rue
    9th April 2015 / 21:14

    Children of the new forest

  19. Paula Readings
    10th April 2015 / 15:15

    Wind in the willows

  20. Karen Barrett
    11th April 2015 / 07:05

    The Railway Children

  21. Vicki Weston
    11th April 2015 / 15:45

    Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

  22. Rachel Ray
    11th April 2015 / 17:23

    There are so many but George’s marvellous medicine was the first chapter book I read my daughter and she giggled all the way through. For that alone I’d add it. 🙂

  23. elaine dale
    15th April 2015 / 13:21

    three men in a boat

  24. Anna
    15th April 2015 / 18:36

    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  25. pamela gossage
    15th April 2015 / 19:57

    Beauty and the beast. This is my favourite

  26. Amanda Mallows
    16th April 2015 / 07:28

    Wuthering Heights

  27. Evette Williams
    16th April 2015 / 08:04

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  28. Elaine Savage
    16th April 2015 / 08:53

    A Christmas Carol

  29. Linda McGarrigle
    18th April 2015 / 12:02

    Enid Blyton’s The Children of Cherry Tree Farm x

  30. Jennifer Toal
    18th April 2015 / 21:42

    Alice in wonderland

  31. Allan Fullarton
    19th April 2015 / 08:05

    Wind in the Willows – it’s great!

  32. jamie banks
    19th April 2015 / 13:33

    wuthering heights x

  33. Elizabeth Hinds
    19th April 2015 / 14:40

    Little Women 🙂

  34. leanne weir
    20th April 2015 / 12:24

    wind in the willows

  35. Sarah Franks
    20th April 2015 / 16:19

    I’d love to see The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, or any of the Harry Potter (if they count as a new classic?). Just like The Secret Garden, they involve characters finding new worlds to explore, so I think they’d fit well with the design of this series.

  36. Minnie15
    20th April 2015 / 19:37

    Alice in Wonderland! 🙂 x

  37. jen jackson
    20th April 2015 / 20:27

    The railway children

  38. Angi Turley
    21st April 2015 / 14:28

    The Three Musketeers – such a good adventure book!

  39. Stephen Little
    21st April 2015 / 15:31

    Treasure Island

  40. Mark Chamberlin
    22nd April 2015 / 09:25

    The Princess and The Pea

  41. Emma Wolski
    22nd April 2015 / 16:13

    Mallory Towers

  42. Jaelin Farrow
    22nd April 2015 / 23:26

    I’d like to see Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 🙂

  43. 22nd April 2015 / 23:35

    The railway children 🙂

  44. Susan Sargent
    23rd April 2015 / 07:43

    The Railway Children

  45. Karen Usher
    23rd April 2015 / 09:11


  46. jo liddement
    23rd April 2015 / 15:32

    Anne of Green Gables

  47. 23rd April 2015 / 21:36

    The Railway Children, The Chronicles of Narnia (as separate books) & Pollyanna 🙂

  48. Jane Middleton
    23rd April 2015 / 21:59

    Little Lord Fauntleroy

  49. Suzy M
    24th April 2015 / 07:48

    The Wind in The Willows

    24th April 2015 / 12:17

    wind in the willows

  51. Claire Reavy
    24th April 2015 / 14:23

    The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

  52. Cheryl
    24th April 2015 / 17:21

    Treasure Island or Alice in Wonderland

  53. Natalie Gillham
    24th April 2015 / 18:27

    The Little Princess and The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, such magical tales 🙂

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