Sunday, 26 January 2014

Review & Giveaway: Win a Bundle of Greener Cleaner products

If you have been following my series of Chinese New Year blog posts, you may have seen that I mentioned Spring cleaning.  We have to clean the house before the New Year to wash away the bad luck and welcome good fortune into our home.  There is one traditional that I still believe in which is we are not suppose to sweep/mop/clean the floor during Chinese New Year day as it will sweep away all the good fortune.  So if you happen to drop/smash something, remember to say  歲歲平安 (Suì suì píng ān) immediately, which means "everlasting peace year after year".

So this week, I have been busy cleaning inside and outside the house!  I am delighted to receive Greener Cleaner's range of products to try out.  Greener Cleaner have an innovative patented range of 50% wood pulp and 50% recycled plastic cleaning brooms and brushes.  Sitting alongside the hardware range is an eco-friendly sustainable ingredient based range of cleaning liquids which offer antibacterial properties to kill bad bacteria.

They are highly durable and products are heat resistant up to 120 degrees C.  The range includes: Pot & Pan Brushes, Dish Brushes, Mini Dustpan & Brush, Regular Dustpan & Brush, Window Wiper, Floor Broom, Scrubbing Brush and Dusting Wand.  All the handles and solid parts are made from 100% recycled plastic and wood pulp and perform as well as non-eco versions.  Each of the items come with a hanging hole for easy storage.

I used the window blade to clean my window.  It is very light and easy to use.  I also scrubbed my door frame with the scrubbing brush.  I love the pointed shape bristle which makes it easy to clean corners!  Now my door frame looks very clean!

The dish brush comes with durable brush fibres and is a great way to clean all types of dishes, pans, glass, ceramic and plastics.  The dual use, small precision brush is perfect for tough dirt in hard-to-reach places.  I have not use it on any of my Tefal non-stick coated pots in case it scratches the surface.  So I would suggest use with caution as the bristles are quite hard.

The dustpan and brushes come with soft rubber lips and claw sides to clean the brush and clip together quite easily.

The cleaning liquids are all made in the UK which meet Euro label standards that it penetrates and kills bacteria with the natural antibacterial agents within the formulation.  I had the limescale remover which comes with Off, Jet & Spray positions.  It does what it says on the bottle!  It is so easy to clean it off and all the limescale is gone.  I was not totally like the smell of the solution but it is bearable.

Overall, I am very pleased with their products.  They are eco friendly and well made.  I like the red colour ranges as they were look good with the rest of the kitchen accessories!  Also all the items are reasonably priced and affordable.  If you sign up their loyalty club, you can claim 50 loyalty points to use as discount on future orders.

I am delighted to partner with Greener Cleaner to give one of my followers the chance to win: Pot & Pan Brush, Scrubbing Brush, Window Blade, Limescale Remover, All Purpose Cleaning Liquid, Dustpan & Brush, In & Outdoor Broom and Duster worth £28.92!


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My Childhood Toys

Recently, I read five decades of childhood obsession written by Oxford Open Learning which deeply interested me.  I can totally relate to it!  I still remember my first bike (BMX), playing with marbles and so much more.

To join in this project, I made my list of 10 craze items from my playground days.  Born in the late 70s, these are what I played with.

1. Playground
In Singapore, land is scarce, so there are so many high rise building.  The majority of people live in flats and have common playgrounds to share between 6 or so blocks of flats.  This is an example of how they looked like!  The one in our block of flats was much smaller than this one though.


Photo credit to Justine Zhuang
2. Barbie
She is my favourite!  I used to have two Barbie dolls but not Ken.  My parents refused to buy me Ken as they didn't want to encourage boys at that age.  I was always told to avoid boys until I finished my university.

3. Smurfs
We had a huge collections of Smurfs figurines, with at least 40 of them, and unfortunately one day my mum decided we had enough and threw everything away.  We were so sad and I remember we cried so much and hated my mum.

4. Care Bears
They are so popular in the 80s.  There were soft toys, TV shows, clothing and shoes. 

5. Nintendo
We had never have one before but every Saturday we would go to our grandparents' house to play.  Between us cousins, we were always fighting to see who would play Super Mario!  Love those days.

6. Chinese Jump Rope
The rope is made from rubber bands, you can read more here.  I was really good at jumping across but I don't think I can do this now.  I am getting too old!

7. Five stones
In the olden days, people used what they found on the road and they invented this game.  In my generation, the 'stones' were had made from triangular cloth bags filled with rice/seed.  The game is to throw and catch it without dropping on the ground.


Photo credit to bunchostel.wordpress.com
8. Marbles
They are all round favourite!  Marbles used to be very expensive and some days you could lose all your marbles(!)  I used to buy the colourful marbles to keep.

9. Old Maid Card
If you don't want to be an old maid, don't be the last person to hold on the card!

10. BMX
My first bike was a BMX.  They were the most popular type of bikes back in those days and everyone was so proud to own one.

So what were your childhood toys?


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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Orion Early Reader Book Review: The Little Nut Tree


The Little Nut Tree is a book written and illustrated by Sally Gardner.  This Blue Early Readers book is perfect for sharing and reading together.  It was released on 2 January 2014 and published by Orion Publishing.

The book is paperback containing about 64 pages. The font is a good reading size, and it has simple words and is easy to read by school children.  Each page contains a fair amount of sentences and a lot of great illustrations with charming soft watercolours.

The book describes a little girl's birthday present.  She received a little tree from Mr Albert and she took care of it.  As time went by, one day the tree bloomed its glory with silver nutmeg and golden pear.  News spread fast and everyone wanted to see this special tree, including the princess from Spain.  When the princess came, she demanded to have the tree.  With no choice, they dug it out and took the tree away but left a golden twig.  She picked it up and danced and flew on its golden wings.  When she got home, she planted it in a pot and the very next day, she has her little nut tree!

At the back of the book, there is a song.  This is in fact based on a nursery rhyme with the same name.  Both of my children enjoyed listening to the story while I read it for them.  Mr K was able to read the story quite well as he has improved so much in his reading.  He did question why would the princess would take the tree as he thinks this is very unkind.  It is an opportunity to teach him sometimes things happen and life is unfair but the more generous you are the more you will be blessed by good karma.  This is a very wonderful magical bedtime story of this magical little nut tree. 

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Lets Gone Crabbing at the Seaside

Earlier this week, I launched a Gone Crabbing giveaway to win an iPhone case worth £19.99 and Little Crab Tea Towel worth £6.99.  If you have not seen it, click this link!

I am excited to work with Gone Crabbing as their range of gifts are very unique and cute too.  It is rare to find high-end holiday souvenir shops.  The usual souvenir shops tend to have the same stuff, like rock, key rings, postcards, cheap t-shirts etc.  Gone Crabbing is totally different!  Their clothing design is funky, bright colourful and very unique.  They also have crisp cotton tea towels & oven mitts, mugs & coasters, pencils, erasers, badges, fridge magnets and a fun range of cards.

I love Colin the Crab.  He is such an adorable orange crab.  This is both Mr K and Ms C wearing the red hoodie top - You're gonna need a bigger bucket!

This lovely bright red hoodie is made from 70% cotton and 30% polyester with a waffle lined hood.  It is made from excellent quality material.  It is thick and comfortable.  Both sleeves have ribbed cuffs.  It comes with a big front pocket with the company label sewn on it.  This range also comes in green and a navy colour.  The sizing appears to be pretty accurate, according to age, but again if your child is slightly taller than average, you will probably want to get a bigger size.  Both my children are lower than average height for their age group.  Ms C is wearing 3 - 4 years while Mr K is wearing 5 - 6 year old.  I washed both for the third time and the colour is as bright as ever and the print at the back is very much the same as new.  It is currently on sale from £25.99 to £19.99.  They are working on some great new designs for 2014 at the moment.  Look out for those soon!

As I mentioned earlier, they also sell household product.  So why not grab a soap for your family and friends as a souvenir!  We have this Wild Lettuce scented soap.  It smells gorgeous and sweet and doesn't smell of veg!  This 200g bar soap produces a lovely creamy lather.

If you are a fan of the seaside or maybe the handsome Colin the Crab, why not add Gone Crabbing to your collection!  Do check them out online and see for yourself!  You won't be disappointed!
 
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Friday, 24 January 2014

Review: Doc McStuffins Mini Clinic Playset

Is it time for a check up?  Today Lambie fell over and needed a cast.  Doc McStuffins is coming to the rescue! 

In this Doc Mini Clinic Playset, there is a fantastic mini doctor’s case, a thermometer, a syringe and 2 casts for Lambie!  Not only that!  This special doctor’s playset also comes with exclusive Doc and Lambie characters and a book of boo boos hidden under the patient’s bed!

This is a fabulous set to take out with you while travelling.  Ms C wanted to take it on a train ride.  She was happy to play on her own with it.  We also have Hallie from a separate playset.  She is a stuffed hippo and a nurse who is Doc's assistant.  Each character can stand on it's own.  Each feature is very well made with colourful details.  The only thing that Ms C was unable to do is to put on the cast.  The cast can be quite hard to put on or take off.  Also, note that the case will not stand - it has to lie against the wall.  The case doesn't fit all the characters and pieces inside so you might need a bag if you are taking the set out with you.

Ms C was very happy role playing and creating her own little story on how she going to mend Lambie and Hallie.  I love how creative she can be with this set and think outside the box.  They do not always need to imagine someone is ill, for example Ms C had them all go out for a meal!  The imagination is endless.  I believe this is a fun set for creativity and imagination.

This set will be available soon.  So keep your eye out for it if you have a massive fan of Doc McStuffins!

To learn more about Doc McStuffins, check out the Flair website.  I had also previously reviewed Doc McStuffins Interactive Doc and Lambie which you can read and watch the video too.


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Book Review: Go to Sleep or I let Loose the Leopard

Go to Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard is a picture book written by Steve Cole, originally written for his own children and illustrated by Bruce Ingman. The book is suitable for ages 3 to 5. It will be launching on 1st February 2014 and published by Random House Children's Publisher.

It is a paperback containing about 32 pages. The font varies in size and is simple and easy to read by young school children.  Each of the illustrations are wonderfully painted.

The story is about Joe and Ellie’s bedtime.  But Joe and Ellie were not in bed.  They were having so much fun playing in their bedroom.  So the New Babysitter tries all kinds of tactics, but to no avail.  However the New Babysitter has one last trick up her sleeve: “Go to sleep or I let loose the leopard!”.  Indeed she let the leopard run loose but he is nice and cuddly!  And finally both kids went to bed.

Both of my children loved listening to me read this book with them.  It is a light-hearted hilarious book.  It made both of my kids wonder whether the Leopard was going to eat Joe and Ellie.  This is a wonderful bedtime story.  Not to threaten the kids with leopards or any other carnivores but we could in fact be more creative and try this as a Dinovember!  Do check out this wonderful book! 

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My Desert Island Discs Playlist, assuming there are batteries!


Some of you may know that I love Korean TV drama and their K-pop music genre.  So please forgive me if I bore you with my huge selection of K-pop.  In case you're wondering, K-pop means Korean Pop music!

I have been tag by +Sally Whittle to do my Desert Island Discs playlist - read her choices here.  I have to admit that I had not heard of some of her song choices before so it is nice to discover new music.

If I ever get trapped on a desert island, I wonder if they will have a bed and fresh water?  Ha! .. probably not.  Maybe I would have to fashion my own tent out of palm leaves and also use it to collect 'sky juice'. Who knows? In this rough environment, maybe I could become a size 8 by the time I get rescued!

Besides songs choices, I am also supposed to pick a book and a luxury.  What book?  I don't tend to read much, so maybe I'll just grab a diary 'book' and jot down my autobiography.  A luxury?  I would want my bolster.  You may not be familiar with a bolster.  It is a long cushion which you hug to sleep.  I can't live without mine.  If I ever go on holiday, I always pack it with me.  My husband thinks I'm a nutter as it takes up half the suitcase!  In fact, I have 3 bolsters that I shipped across from Singapore.  They are plain, and in a previous post, I used it to make a turnip for our Chinese Club.

So these are my eight choices, not listed in any particular order.

1. I would like to dance Gangnam style and party all night.  Maybe!  I hope!


2. I heard this song in 2002 and have loved it since!  Another party music!  Can't Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue.



3. Mmmmm another Korean flavour!  Promise is by A.N. Jell from a Korean TV drama called He's Beautiful.  A.N. Jell are a fictional group for the show and not a real group in the real world.

4.  I think when I'm alone trapped on this lonely island, I need this song to keep me going.  When Will I See You Again by The Three Degrees.



5.  This might sound cheesy but I'd also put Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby into my playlist.  This song reminds me of some fab times in the 90s.

6.  Hmmm.... I first heard this song from watching Madagascar - I Like To Move It!  Great to dance along with the animals in the island!

7. Then I will tell the animals that U Can't Touch This (by M.C. Hammer) my food!  I hate sharing my food.  So don't ever ask me to share my meal!  Eileen doesn't share food!  (Scream it like Joey Tribbiani)

8. Ok this is a sad song which I don't normally like but it is brilliant.  Crazy Of You by Hyorin (Sistar).  This is the OST from Master's Sun Korean drama.  One of my best choices for 2013 Korean TV drama to watch. 

So now I am going to tag Mary, Tami, Anna and Jenny.

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Giveaway: Win a Quaker Oats's hamper of Porridge Oats

Quaker Oats brings together George and Larry Lamb to create a one-off Love Mondays FM podcast helping you beat the January blues.  So kick start your day with Quaker Oats and download Love Mondays FM free from iTunes!

Love Mondays FM, from Quaker Oats is the first time the pair have worked together on a radio project.  Its aim is to get rid of any Monday morning negativity that results in nearly one in five (17%) feeling like they have no energy to face the week.

Designed to get the nation’s Monday mornings off to the best possible start, Love Mondays FM, features celebrity guests the Fonz, Rowetta from the Happy Mondays, World Porridge Champions and quirky Monday themed segments.

Cindy Tervoort Marketing Director at Quaker Oats said “We at Quaker love Mondays!  Our research shows that porridge eaters, compared to breakfast skippers, are three times more likely to be Monday morning people and see it as a fresh start.  We’re not arguing with this and want to spread the morning cheer, so we are thrilled to be working with the very talented and funny George and Larry Lamb.  What better way to start your morning?”

Larry Lamb said: "So there we are - father and son - One's a morning person and let's say the other, not quite such a morning person!  Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day - I like porridge with blueberries, honey and yogurt - and well, Georgie boy is pretty much the same.  So there we come together."

George Lamb commented: “I’m not a fan of early morning starts like dad, particularly Mondays, but have a few tips of how to make them less painful and a bit more fun.  I’ve always thought radio is a great way to do this so have been working hard with dad to make Love Mondays FM a funny and energetic show and I hope the nation enjoys listening to it.”

I am delighted to partner with Quaker Oats to give one of my followers the chance to win one hamper of porridge oats!  Good luck and enter through Rafflecopter!  Do check out the rest of my giveaways here!
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

旺 Huat Ah Chinese New Year Paper Cutting #CNY #16

This is another post for my Chinese New Year series and today it is about craft.  Last week, we made 3D Paper Cutting Chinese New Year Spring 春 and today we cut the 旺 (wang in hanyu pinyin) Chinese character.  In Singapore during Chinese New Year, you will often hear people say/shout Huat Ah (in Hokkien language) in the street, dinner party or when they want to win the lottery!  It means to prosper and be wealthy.  So people adapt 旺 into Chinese New Year culture.  旺 is the translation of Huat.

Here, I am going to show you how to make one for a wall display.  This is suitable for both young and older children.  In fact, this craft is completed by three of us.  Ms C paint the background, Mr K cut the Chinese characters and I wrote the words.

You need:
one sheet of red A4 paper
half a sheet of yellow A3 paper (or two A4 sheets)
a bottle of red glitter paint
sponge
pencil
sharp scissors

As I didn't have yellow A3 paper, I used two A4 sheets instead.  Feel free to adapt to what you have!

1. Paint the background with red glitter paint and a sponge.  Let it dry.

2. Fold the red paper in half and half again like this shown.

3. Draw the word on the either side of the paper like this shown below.

 
4. Now draw the word on the other side of the paper as shown below.


Note: use a pencil, not use black marker pen to draw.  This was just for the purposes of the photo as a pencil would not show up very well on the photo.

5. Cut along the lines and you will get this.

6. Now paste them on the glitter background!

Hope you all enjoy this Chinese New Year series and keep your eye out for more food and fengshui posts!

If you want to know more about the rest of the Chinese New Year crafts, do check out my Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/etspeaksfrom/chinese-new-year/

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Simple Way to Teach Children Chinese Zodiac #CNY #15

I am bilingual and I would like both my children to learn Chinese, which is their mother tongue, as it will be very useful wherever they go.  I am not great at teaching my children Chinese and have to find fun ways to get them to learn.  We did this craft with our Lichfield Mandarin Club last year and this has proved to be a very useful way to teach children.

If you would like to know more about how the 12 animals were named in the Chinese zodiac, check out the explanation from wikipedia.

These are the 12 animals, in the order that they come:
Rat – 鼠
Ox – 牛
Tiger – 虎
Rabbit – 兔
Dragon – 龍
Snake – 蛇
Horse – 馬
Goat – 羊
Monkey – 猴
Rooster – 雞
Dog – 狗
Pig – 豬

To make this Chinese Zodiac stick craft, I have googled and found two templates to download.  I took the cute animals templates from xcn-chinese and the Chinese characters from vectorstock.  But please note that there is a missing stroke on the Chinese character Goat.  Feel free to google and download free images that you think are more suitable.

To make this craft, you need:
12 ice cream sticks
Templates (animals and Chinese character)
Glue
Scissors

1. Cut out all the animals.

2.Teach the children to identify the Chinese characters and ask them to match the animals with it.  Also teach them the animal cycle by placing them in their order.

3. Glue the templates onto the ice cream sticks.  On one side is the matching animal and on the other side is the matching Chinese character.

Instead of using plain ice cream sticks, I used coloured ice cream sticks: yellow, green, orange and purple and applied these in a sequence.  It helps them to remember them more easily by using colours.  These are the examples:


You can also make it in to a game by giving them three choices and guessing what comes next etc.

This is a very simple craft yet it can benefit the children in learning matching games and the Chinese zodiac.  Hope this is useful for you and and your child/ren!

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Chill Factor Ice Cream Maker Review

Following the massive success of the Chill Factor Slushy Maker (I reviewed it with video) which Character Options brought out last year, they have now brought out an ice cream maker.

With the amazing ChillFactor™ Ice Cream Maker you can make your very own ice cream treats at home in minutes!  Simply freeze the Ice Cream Maker, add your ingredients, give it a little shake then squeeze till there is no liquid sound.

Before you start using the ice cream maker, disassemble everything and give them a wash.  There are instructions included which shows you the step-by-step in my video.  Next pop it into the freezer for 4 - 6 hours or until it is frozen.

In this video, I will show you how to dis/assemble and how to make ice cream.  It is so easy that my son can do it too!  We had pre-mixed the mixture with 100 ml of single cream, 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup and 1 teaspoon of caster sugar (optional).  You can also add vanilla essence.


The outer cup is made from soft silicon and the inner lining is like strips of ice packs.  They are easy to wash and disassemble.  It comes with a long handle spoon too.  It looks extremely attractive and can be easily stored in the freezer. 

Each cup can take about 100 ml of mixture.  This is a good amount for younger children but not enough to share.  I love the ideas of having instant ice cream whenever you like!  But it is a shame that it will take another 4 - 6 hours to freeze again before we can re-use it.  I rate this product 4.5 stars out of 5.  It is definitely a great gift for adults and children alike!

ChillFactor™ Ice cream maker costs £14.99 and is available from all good supermarkets and toy stores or can be ordered online at http://www.character-online.com.

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How to make Chinese New Year Nian Gao (Sticky Rice Cake) #CNY #14

Earlier this month, I wrote about different types of Chinese New Year goodies including Nian Gao!  Nian Gao is always one of my favourite foods during Chinese New Year.  So this year I decided to make my own.  After much research from various sites, I decided to use this simple recipe.

Ingredients:
400 grams bag of glutinous rice flour
130 grams of brown sugar
210 ml of water
1 tablespoon milk
Water
Oil
Dates or sesame seeds (optional)

These can be purchased from any Chinese supermarkets in the UK.

Method:

1. On the website, it suggests to use boiling water to dissolve the brown sugar.  But the brown sugar I bought came in a block.  So I had to use a saucepan to dissolve it.  Once dissolved, let it cool down.

2. Next add in the glutinous rice flour, brown sugar mixture and milk and mix it up.  You might wonder why you need milk!  I learned this trick from a Malaysian friend who uses a drop of milk in her cake mixture to bring out the fragrance.  This is optional, so if you have any intolerances to milk, you can avoid using it.

3. Mix it well.  If you think the paste is too runny or too thick, just add more flour or water.  I personally love it to a little on the runny side as the sticky rice cake will melt in your mouth.

4. Spread the oil all around a steaming dish then add in your mixture.  I used GOOD Hemp oil which has a bit of a nutty flavour.  You can use any type of oil: sunflower, vegetable or spray oil.  If you are using steaming baskets, you might want to use greaseproof paper to contain the mixture.

5. Place them in the steamer for 30 - 45 minutes.

My steaming dish is quite shallow and it only takes 30 minutes to steam.  If you have a taller dish, you might need to adjust the time accordingly.

Once it cools down, slice them off into chunks or slices.  Some people prefer to coat the Nian Gao with egg and deep fry them before consuming.  I like it either way, with egg and just on it own.

Nian Gao should be eaten while its hot as it will be quite soft and easy to eat.  Once it goes cold, it can become really hard and difficult to chew.  So just pop them in microwave for 30 seconds or more, before consuming.

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

What is on your wishlist?

Have any of you got a next generation games console yet?  The PS4 is high on the wishlist for us.  Our current PS3 has become integral to our home entertainment, and it would be a natural upgrade for us.  With our PS3:

* we all watch blu rays and DVDs
* we watch, record and pause live TV with the Play TV peripheral
* I like to use it for catch-up TV, e.g. BBC iPlayer
* the children like to play games like Skylanders
* Mr C likes to play first person shooters like Battlefield and Call of Duty

These latter two are the main reasons for looking to upgrade.  We have seen the graphics for these next-gen games and they are just awesome!  Faster frame rate, higher resolution and increased levels of detail make for an even better game.

Playing these games, particularly the first person shooters, you need to be able to react quickly and Mr C has installed these Gioteck Real Triggers on to his controller for a better feel and to avoid slipping off the L2 and R2 buttons.  They look really well made as I couldn't tell that they are add-ons until he told me.

Gioteck have a history of manufacturing quality gaming peripherals to enhance your gaming experience. Check out their full range from their website.

As well as the Gioteck Real Triggers, he's also been looking to upgrade his first person shooting experience by getting a decent headset.  He's held off for now as we want to get the PS4 first to ensure compatibility.  I must admit that I'm looking forward to him getting a headset too as it means I'll get some peace and quiet! Whilst the headset market is still relatively new for the PS4, Gioteck do have PS4 headsets currently available.


Anyone else looking to get or have already got the PS4?  What's your favourite thing about it?


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Review & Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 Robotslayer Graphic Novel

Robotslayer is a book created by Vincent Kamp for his own two young boys - Leo and Benny - and it's taken 4 years from idea to release.  The book is suitable for ages 5 onwards.  It was released on October 2013.  It is a paperback containing about 60 pages.  The font is small and all in capital letters.  Each page is drawn with great illustrated.

This graphic novel is about Leo, a boy who lives in a city ruled by renegade robots.  Most of the humans have left and the city lies in ruins.  One day, his brother Benny is captured by the evil Dr. Grububble and Leo realizes that it is up to him to stop the robots.  He has to put on the special robot suit his Grandfather designed for him so that he can become the Robotslayer.

My husband read the book with Mr K, 6 years old.  They both loved reading it.  The story is very engaging and exciting and the graphics are captivating.  Mr K now wants to be Leo the hero to save the world!  I would definitely recommend it and it will appeal to any child or even adult who loves a bit of sci-fi action! 

The book is available to buy through Amazon by clicking here.  There is also an interactive comic book and game - Robotslayer Volume 1 iPad app on the appstore for £1.99 .

I am delighted to partner with Robotslayer to give five of my followers the chance to win this book! Good luck and enter through Rafflecopter!  Do check out the rest of my giveaway here!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
House Rules:
  1. This giveaway is open to all UK residents only.
  2. Five winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter and announced on this page.
  3. The winners will be contacted by e-mail within 3 days of competition ends, if they do not respond within 7 days another winner may be chosen.
  4. Your details will be passed to Robotslayer, but will not be passed onto any third parties by ET Speaks From Home.
  5. The prizes will be sent directly to the winners from Robotslayer.
  6. Delivery is not in the hands of ET Speaks From Home's Blog and may take some time to arrive.
  7. Any damage to the prizes is not ET Speaks From Home's responsibility.
  8. The company reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of a similar type/value if the prize above is not available.
  9. Entries using any software or automated process to make bulk entries will be disqualified.
  10. Competition starts on 19/1/2014 12 am - 19/2/2014 12am
Disclosure: We have received the book to do an honest review and I am not paid to host this competition.

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