22 Nov 2021


One of several bloggers who over 14 days will be participating in the Blog Tour for two books from the Full Media Ltd stable {the full schedule for both of which can be found at the bottom of the post} Today {the 12th day of the Tour) its my pleasure to be sharing my thoughts on ...


Target Audience ...  Children (ages 3-8)

Genre ... Early Reader/Picture Book

Publication Date ... 14th October 2021


Estimated Page Count ... 32

Publisher ... Full Media Ltd

Purchase from Amazon  ...  https://www.amazon.co.uk/King-Who-Didnt-Like-Snow/dp/1916896820

King Mark is a higgledy-piggledy king and he gets into a pickle every day. “Do something, Bert!” he shouts, and Wizard Bert, and his sidekick, Broderick the bookworm, always save the day. When snow fell on Windy Hill Castle, everyone was delighted – except for King Mark! King Mark didn’t like snow and he started to sulk. Will Bert and Broderick save the day again? Will King Mark walk into trouble? Do the children of Windy Hill Village have the answer...? ... SYNOPSIS

Far away and long ago, in the mysterious land of Cornovia, a time-travelling wizard and a little white bookworm lived happily at the top of the tallest tower in Windy Hill Castle. ... FIRST SENTENCE {Page un-numbered}

All the guards could see was the royal bottom and two royal legs. The rest of King Mark was hidden in a green mound.

The guards grabbed the king's legs and tugged as hard as they could. Finally, they pulled a shivering King Mark out of a green snowdrift!

"Aaugh!" howled the unhappy king as he picked up his crown and brushed green snow out of his hair. ... MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page un-numbered}

MY THOUGHTS ... Such a delightfully funny read and what wonderful, brightly coloured illustrations by Michael S Kane ... as winter approaches I can see The King Who Didn't Like Snow becoming a favourite bedtime read.

There's a memorable cast of characters; Mark, the higgledy-piggledy king who doesn't like snow at the beginning of the book {my little book worms took much delight in discussing whether or nor he would come to like it come the end of the book}, the unforgettably named Bertram Ebenezer Rufus Togtangle {a bit of a mouthful for younger readers but the older ones seemed to find it hilarious}, Broderick, a bookworm who lives in a spell book belonging to Bert {once introductions are over Bertram is referred to by this, his shortened name, throughout the rest of the story} and Cody, the royal carpenter who, with the help of a little magic, creates something special for each of the children in the mysterious land of Cornovia.

I loved that, with dimensions of 21.6 x 0.3 x 27.9 cm, 

slightly bigger than A4 in size, the book was larger than many children's books; perfect for reading to/with several children at one time, there were no shouts of 'I can't see the pictures'. That, dedicated to the volunteers who broadcast 'musical messages of love to patients, family and friends', 10% of the profits made by the sale of the books will be donated to Hospital Radio Plymouth, a kind gesture.

ABOUT JOCELYN PORTER ... Jocelyn’s writing career began when she was asked to write a story for a preschool magazine. That story was the first of many. Jocelyn became the writer/editor of several preschool magazines and continued in that role for 15 years. Writing one new story every month, plus rhymes and activities was a tough gig, but very exhilarating.

Time is the big difference between writing for a magazine and writing a book.  You see your work on the supermarket shelves within a few weeks of completion. A book takes longer – a lot longer. Jocelyn has to be patient now – not something she’s good at.

Before becoming a writer, Jocelyn work in higher education as International Students Officer. It was a rewarding and interesting job even though she was on call 24/7.

Jocelyn also trained as a counsellor and volunteered at drop-in centers. She never knew who would arrive for counselling and had to be prepared for anything. This work gave her insight into some of the darker corners of life.

​Motor sport was one of Jocelyn’s early loves, she had spine tingling thrill of taking part in a 24-hour national rally as navigator – those were the days when rallies were held on public roads!

​Jocelyn work as an au pair in Paris in her teens. Having visited the city on a school trip, she fell in love with it, and always wanted to return.


BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE ... ~ 11th November: Felicity Grace Terry ~ Cat and Mouse Reading ~ Kraftireader ~ 12th November: donnasbookblog ~ Bookwormsina ~  Rae Reads ~ 13th November: Snowphiethebookworm ~ Ceri.welshmumof3.reads  ~  Gina Rae Mitchell ~ 14th November:

Twoladiesandabook ~ Books_from_the_shed  ~ Jazzy Book Reviews ~ 15th November: Snowphiethebookworm ~ Mum’s Book Blast ~ Cup of Toast ~ 16th November: Ceri's Little Blog ~ David's Book Blurg ~ jades_life_journey ~ 17th November: Dash Fan Book Reviews ~ ramblingmads.com The bookish hermit ~ 18th November: Jane Hunt Writer ~ Cat and Mouse Reading ~ Kraftireader ~ 19th November:  donnasbookblog ~ Bookwormsina ~ Rae Reads ~ 20th November: Splashes Into Books ~ Lisa's Reading ~  Jazzy Book Reviews ~ 21st November: Splashes Into Books ~ @penfoldlayla ~ Colin Garrow ~ 22nd November: Felicity Grace Terry ~ Mum’s Book Blast ~ Stressed Rach ~ 23rd November: Twoladiesandabook ~ My baby and my books ~ Bookmarks and Stages ~ 24th November: Dash Fan Book Reviews ~ @penfoldlayla ~ Linda's Book Bag ~

NB For my thoughts on the first book read for this tour, The Boy Who Breathed Underwater by Izzy Rees, please click here. FGT


Kelly said...

It sounds like you and your fellow reviewers really enjoyed this one! I agree it's nice when books are a little larger, making for easier "reading together".

nightwingsraven said...

This book sounds funny and
delightful. Not to speak of
the memorable characters and
lovely illustrations.
I am glad that you and your
young fellow reviewers enjoyed
it so very much.