Author

Jacqueline Waterhouse

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Jacqueline Waterhouse would like to introduce her second book Superheroes don't wear glasses. Jacqueline was born in Switzerland in 1970 and spent the first 30 years of her life there. She moved to England in 2000 and is now living in West Sussex with her husband and her 2 daughters. When she is not running after the children, her husband or the dog, she spends every moment she can in her garden which, apart from writing, is her passion!

Email: waterhousebooks@gmail.com or jwaterhouse6@icloud.com

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Superheroes don't wear glasses - Book Cover

Superheroes don't wear glasses
Eight year old Alfie loves his new glasses, but he doesn't want to wear them, because all the superheroes in his storybooks don't wear glasses, and he wants to be just like them.

However this all changes when he has a visitor who takes him on a journey to meet one very special superhero and his pixie helpers.

SUPERHEROES REVIEW

'A wonderfully warm story full of memorable characters. Perfect for 5 – 8 yr olds.' By The Wishing Shelf Awards on 8. June 2016.

Firstly, I must say, this book is wrapped in a very yummy cover. It looks fab! Secondly, what a sweet story. It is well plotted and I loved the central premise: a boy who will not put on his new glasses. Why? Well, (and here's children's logic for you) Batman, Superman and the Hulk don't wear any. Wonderful! The story is full of tiny twists and turns which will keep any child interested. He's visited by a tiny fellow by the name of Jason from the Land of Power and they go off on a fun adventure. The book is not overly long - approx. 36pp, and is illustrated throughout with colour drawings. The style of the language is simple and the description of the characters is imaginative and fun. This book is a fantastic way of showing children how silly stereotyping is. If you happen to be the parent of a child who won't try new things and is overly influenced by what is cool and what is not, this story would be perfect for them. I always like to end with 'what I liked best'. Well, I liked Superhero Spectacus best. With a little help from him, Alfie soon understands that putting on his glasses will help him in many ways.

Princesses don't wear glasses - Book Cover

Princesses don't wear glasses
Eight-year-old Charlie loves her new glasses, but she doesn't want to wear them, because all the princesses in her storybooks don't wear glasses, and she wants to be just like them.

However, this all changes when she has a visitor who takes her on a journey to meet one very special princess and her fairy helpers.

PRINCESSES REVIEW

'A sweetly written, superbly illustrated story with a strong and very important message.' By The Wishing Shelf Awards on January 8, 2016.

As I grow older and, I hope, a little wiser, I am beginning to find Disney films very annoying. Why? Well, why is it every princess has to look identical? Why is it every Disney princess has to be stunning in every way? Not only is it bugging, but it also sends the wrong message to children. Basically, if you want to be a winner, you must be pretty. Well, here's a book that sends a very different message to children and I think it's fab! The hero of the story is Charlie-Marie, an eight year old who is told she must wear glasses. But, as she rightly tells her mother, 'Princesses don't wear glasses'. But, when she meets a fairy from the Land of Beauty, she learns that beauty is not what she thought it was. And so begins her magical adventure! This is a very warmly-written story. I can sort of tell that the author enjoyed writing it. To me, it had a sort of sweet Enid Blyton feel to it. A perfect children's book for a cold night in front of a log fire! I very much enjoyed the fact that the characters were not overly described, and, subsequently, the story had good pacing. In fact, they didn't need to be, as the wonderful drawings very much brought the characters to life. I particularly liked Gerard, the ladybird, and how, at last, the girl can see how many spots are on a ladybird's shell. The cover also looks fab and, on the back, there is a well-written and snappy blurb. If I can find any fault in the story, I thought the first chapter had a little too much 'tell' and not enough 'show'. But, apart from that, the story is well-written and perfectly paced. I'd be happy to recommend this book as a bedtime reader for younger children (4 - 7) and as a first chapter book for slightly older children (6 - 9). I think girls would probably enjoy it more.