The FlyingKids Activity Book Reviewed.

Traveling with kids can be very stressful, even when you are taking a trip by aeroplane. Kids get bored very quickly, even when you are just taking a short haul flight, so it is important that you are prepared for this, and take a bag of goodies that will keep them busy and occupied for the journey. If you are traveling to Europe this Summer, the FlyingKids Activity Book Europe could be the perfect way to pass the time away as you travel to your destination.

The FlyingKids Travel Guide series is aimed at children aged 6-12, and offers information about the major countries of the world. It now has a sister companion piece, a colouring activity book full of pictures and quizzes based around some of the most important Countries and Cities in the World. The activities are educational, you learn about flags, culture, food and historical buildings, but also a lot of fun, especially for those who enjoy colouring it.

We have the FlyingKids activity book that is based all around Europe and are going to be taking it on our holiday next week as something for Joe to do on the plane, but I think you could use this book in lots of different scenario’s. This could range from teaching your child a little bit about a new place they are about to visit, building the excitement in the run up to a trip, or using it when you are actually on holiday when you are taking a break from the sun.

The books are lovely quality and are totally child friendly, with Leonardo, your tour guide, taking you from Italy to Germany, France to Spain, and then onto London. You see the Coliseum, the London Eye, the Brandenburg Gate and the Sagrada Familia, and hopefully your child will leave a little bit about the new places you are visiting through their book.

Style Focus – Coffee Table Books At The Works

There are books that are made to be read and read. The sort of books that have dog eared pages, notes in the margin, pages turned over when you’ve lost your bookmarks. These are the sort of books you read on trains, on buses, by the pool on your holidays, but they are not necessarily the sort of books you love and cherish, they tend to be the books you read and then donate to your local charity shop, or leave on shelves in holiday hotels.

But there is another kind of book, one that is meant to be loved and cherished, books that are far too beautiful to sit on a shelf and be ignored, and books you would certainly never turn the pages over. I’m talking, of course, about the coffee table book – books often related to the topics of fashion, style, interiors and architecture.  These are usually hardback books, bigger than your average shelf can hold (hence living, almost nochalently, on the edge of a coffee table, to be admired and to browse through.).  Filled with beautiful illustrations of photography, coffee table books are almost as much about the style as they are about the content.

Bargain bookseller The Works is not normally the first port of call when looking for coffee table style books, but this would be a mistake, because it currently has a huge collection of books that are stylish and beautiful, perfect for lovers of fashion and architecture, as well as many books devoted to Art and The Arts. It is definitely worth checking out the special offers at The Works before you look elsewhere, especially as their website has so many more books than you will find in their UK Stores.

I have made a list of some reading material on my current wishlist, with the top read definitely being Icons of Vintage Fashion by Angele Hernu.

100 Years of Fashion
Format: Paperback Author: Cally Blackman Click to visit The Works

Rare Bird of Fashion
Format: Hardback Author: Eric Boman Click to visit The Works

Fashion
Format: Paperback Author: Christopher Breward Click to visit The Works

1920s Fashion
Format: Paperback Author: Charlotte Fiell £7 Click to visit The Works

 

Fashion Universe of Jean Paul Gaultier
Format: Hardback Author: Nathalie Bondil £67.99 Click to visit The Works

Making Savings on your Style Books Wishlist

Sunday morning’s have a bit of a ritual attached to them. I try to get at least a bit of a lie-in, and then I curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea and one of my favourite style books, the sort of book where you can just pour over the pictures and not even have to stretch to reading if you just want to be lazy.

 

One of the places I always use when I’m sourcing fashion books is Amazon. It has an enormous selection of books, including out of print and hard to find, rare editions. Plus, as well as looking in the Amazon section, you can also pick up second hand editions through the sellers in the Amazon Marketplace. If you are in the US, you can make your purchases even cheaper by using Groupon, which has a whole section devoted to Amazon Promo codes. Currently it is listing 137 different codes which range from money off offers, to free shipping, along with more specific promotions.

My current to read list includes a fabulous book looking at 1920s style, a Chanel style book by the amazing fashion illustrator Megan Hess (I’m totally obsessed with her work) and ‘Inside Vogue’ by former Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, which is her account of the 100th year anniversary of British Vogue. (I watched the documentary so was interested to read her account.)

1920s Style: How to Get the Look of the Decade from £8.86 Click to visit Amazon

Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World of a Fashion Icon £12.08 Click to visit Amazon

Inside Vogue: My Diary Of Vogue’s 100th Year £11.89 Click to visit Amazon

As it is Sunday morning, the hubby has just made me a cup of tea and I’ve got a book to catch up with.

Happy Sunday all!