‘The Night I Met Father Christmas’ by Ben Miller #FatherChristmasBeliever

This sounds like a wonderful #ChristmasReading treat something to share with the whole family. Go check it out #FatherChristmasBeliever

The Night I Met Father Christmas

blogged by Shelley Fallows on Tales Before Bedtime via The Night I Met Father Christmas by Ben Miller 


Craggle Hill by E.A. Belle New Release

Craggle Hill Cover

Craggle Hill by E.A. Belle



Children’s Book age 7 – 12 years

At the top of Craggle Hill, in a village named Appleworth, there lived a woman called Eartha and her two cats, Hazel and Wart.

Now, it was no secret to the community of Appleworth that Eartha practiced herbal medicine. The fact that she could actually do real magic was always kept secret from the world and only ever practiced behind closed doors. She was what you would call a natural witch. And natural witches, like Eartha, used the earth’s resources and energy to help people who needed it. All that Appleworth knew, was that Eartha provided people with cures and remedies she’d made from the herbs and plants in her garden. You could always catch her tending to her luscious herb beds or boiling up some new concoction in her cauldron. Her door was always open to help anyone who needed it. Or at least, that’s how it used to be.

One day, after a series of vandalism and taunting towards her craft, Eartha decided to close her doors to the village. They’d taken her well-meaning practice and twisted it into being dark and evil. She wasn’t sure what had happened, or why the town had suddenly turned against her, but there was nothing she could do or say.

As the months passed by and the villagers’ disapproval towards her skills became worse, so did the taunting. And one night, after a second fire attack, Eartha decided to take serious measures and took to the garden with a spade and began to dig.

Three and a half weeks later, after endless mud flinging and hours and hours of back-breaking hard work, she stood back and observed. She smiled. She was safe. Surrounding her property now was a twelve-foot deep and wide ditch. The only way in or out was via broom… Or so she thought.

On All Hallows’ Eve, Eartha’s broom is stolen right from under her nose. Who did it and how she doesn’t know. But the one thing she does know is she is furious and finally ready to teach the people of Appleworth a lesson in manners.

For a witch without her broom, is a very mad witch indeed.


Halloween Treats

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat: 50 Spooktacular Halloween Poems for Kids by E.A. Belle

Trick or Treat is a pick ‘n’ mix of sweet, funny, scary, and gross poems that are sure to get you in the mood for Halloween. So, open if you dare and see if you get a trick or a treat.


Spooky Stories & Terrifying Tales Spooky Storiesby E.A. Belle

Are you afraid of the dark? Do you shiver at the mere mention of ghosts? Do you hide behind your pillow when you watch a scary movie? If so, this book is NOT for you.

Inside the pages of this book, you will find five stories that are sure to leave you creeped out and sleeping with the light on for at least a week and a day. With stories of night stalkers in the woods, possessed puppets and scary babysitters, this is sure to get your blood pumping and every hair on your body standing to attention.

The decision to read on is yours. But remember… you’ve been warned.

Stories included:

The Clown with the Angry Face
The Tale of Timothy Thatcher
The Babysitter
Breakdown on Horton Hill
The Puppet from Aunt Patricia

Children’s Author E. A. Belle


E.A.Belle is a children’s author and poet who believes that reading to and with your kids is one of the best bonding moments in life.

Belle lives in the rural county of Shropshire, England, and spends her days looking after her children and writing. 

 She is a wife, mother, wicked step-mother, lover of all things Halloween and a wannabe witch. 


Visit the website of E.A. Belle by clicking HERE




13 Goodreads ‘My Imaginary Menagerie’

My Imaginary Menagerie: Starring Debra the ZebraMy Imaginary Menagerie: Starring Debra the Zebra by Marian Barker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 13 of my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

What a wonderful fun read. I bought and read this to my sisters grandchildren and they adored it. So beautifully rhyming it was really easy for them to remember the names of the characters in each poem.

Of course the star was Debra the Zebra having two poems to herself. I even managed to find a Debra for the children that looked like the one on the book cover. We all liked Brian the Lion, Matt the Bat and a favourite was Russell the Mussel.

A book to share with the whole family, for kids of all ages and the young at heart like myself.

Teddy, I and the children loved this book. Happy Reading 🙂

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12 Goodreads ‘M.I.C.E. and the Stone’

M.I.C.E. and the StoneM.I.C.E. and the Stone by William Coniston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 12 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018

This is a truly enjoyable read I would say it would be loved by boys and girls who were competent readers or those in secondary education upwards. Definitely not for children of a sensitive nature as there are some rather frightening scenes in the story and some real evil characters.

The story is about a brother and sister who are given a special stone by their Grandpa which has been passed down through the generations. The stone has special powers and allows the children to hear and communicate with animals specifically a secret organisation, M.I.C.E. ‘Mammals In Co-operation Everywhere’ (I really don’t know why but I had trouble trying to remember that and had to occasionally refer back a few pages.)

Olly and Tilly make some unusual new friends Jess a dog, Liam & Ian some very technically minded mice, Aristotle the badger and several more. The children and animals all come together to stop evil namely Odric and Botwulf who are both rather sinister creatures. Botwulf will stop at nothing to retrieve the stone and raise his master. Hence some very scary parts of the book.

Set around the ancient British coastline of Whitby & north Yorkshire with it’s stormy seas and sinister cliff faces this book makes for an eerie read. Worth checking out.

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#BookGivingDay 14th February 2018

2018 Book Giving Day

How exciting, to encourage reading in Children The International Book Giving Day will soon be upon us. You can find out more by clicking the image above or the link to the Book Monsters Blog pages on the image below. Where you will also find many wonderful blogs especially for Children and Childrens Books.

Book Monsters

Click HERE for Book Monsters Blog


‘A Home for Emy’ is one of my favourite children’s Books by my lovely Indie Author friend Chris Turnbull.

Emy also has a webpage the story is based on true life. Click the image of a grown Emy to visit her page.

Emy 03

Thanks for stopping by do call again.

Happy Reading