1 Feb 2022


  One of several bloggers who over 5 days will be participating in this Blog Tour {the full schedule for which can be found at the bottom of the post}. Today {the 4th day of the Tour) its my pleasure to be sharing my thoughts on ...


Target Age ... Children (aged 3-8 years)

Genre ... Picture book

Publication Date ... 24th November 2021

Publisher ... Full Media Ltd

Standalone Book

Estimated Page Count ... 32

Purchase Link ...  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Freds-Arctic-Adventure-Jocelyn-Porter/dp/1916896847

“My bus takes off with a sonic boom, straight through the wall and out of my room…”

Finn and Fred Octopus are off on a magical adventure to the Arctic. They meet a kindly seal, a hungry polar bear and an angry walrus. The whales sing to Finn, and Finn arrives home with an important message to share… ... Synopsis

There's a battered old suitcase under my bed.

A secret known only to me and Fred. ... First Sentence, Verse 1 {Page not numbered}

The bear held a carving knife in his paw.

He looked like a chef in his striped pinafore.

"Children," he growled, "are very nutritious,

And better still, they taste delicious." ... Memorable Moment {Page not numbered}

My Thoughts ... A lovely big picture book that's great for sharing, there'll be no arguing that they cant see the pictures with this one. Sure to capture the imagination, the fun, striking and colourful illustrations by Leo Brown bring the story to life beautifully. 

A fun story written in verse, always a winner with children of the book's intended age range of three to eight years old though that's not to say that us oldies {along with those under three} won't enjoy it just as much. That it encourages the use of 'bigger' words that the children may not have previously come across though in a child friendly and fun way, surely all to the good.

That there is an environmental message at its core that encourages children to care about the wider world, a world and the animal that inhabit it that many of them will have little knowledge of  ... well, that can't be a bad thing either.

All in all, an engaging read that both my little book worms and I thoroughly enjoyed, I know my local primary school will snap my hands off to receive my copy of Finn and Fred's Arctic Adventure.

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 worked 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.

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Kelly said...

This sounds like a book with a lot going for it.... a fun story, a good message, great pictures, and lots of new words. I think children really do enjoy books with rhyming words. They're so much more fun read aloud than those without.

nightwingsraven said...

This sounds a great and fun book.
Which conveys a sincere and urgent
message. Not to speak of the wonderful
illustrations and the rhymes.
I suspect that I would also enjoy it.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Our six-year-old has just discovered the delights of rhyming words, so you can imagine the school boy humour is beginning to come out now!

His three-year-old sister loves having her 'buddy' read her bedtime story to her now, so this would be an ideal book for both of them to share!

A great post and I hope you enjoy your weekend :)

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

The Royals and little miss Hazel would love this picture book.

Literary Feline said...

That cover is so adorable!

Gina said...

If the cover illustrations are anything to go by, this is one that will certainly keeps kiddos glued to the page!