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Win 1 of 5 sets of World Book Day 2017 books

Mar 01 2017
World Book Day is one of the most exciting days in school life every year so we thought we'd celebrate World Book Day 2017 on its 20th anniversary with a competition! Five lucky readers are in for a chance to win a set of the specially commissioned World Book Day £1 books. David Walliams, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson among the “national treasures” writing new stories to mark the occasion.

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Youth Novel review: See you in Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Feb 28 2017
See You in the Cosmos is one of Penguin Random House's biggest debuts for 2017 and a book we at London Mums are really excited about as we feel it has the same potential as Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It has already been receiving early rave reviews from authors including Jennifer Niven and Robin Stevens, who are two authors of youth novels whom I adore. I personally agree with New York Times bestselling author of All the bright places, Jennifer Niven about this book. It is truly moving. She said: ‘I haven’t read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder . . . [Alex’s] extraordinary journey is relatable and timeless, and I wanted to stay forever in this funny, wise, beautiful world.’

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Oscars 2017 and why I believe that the real winners are family movies

Feb 27 2017
The Oscars 2017 will be remembered for the controversy, the portrayal of diversity and La La Land. But actually I think the real winners are the family movies that Disney and other producers have made in 2016.  Full list of Oscars 2017 winners can be found here. Here are my thoughts on the most controversial awards of the year.

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Film Review: CERTAIN WOMEN (out 3 March 2017) starring Michelle Williams & Kristen Stewart

Feb 27 2017
CERTAIN WOMEN is a movie about women and how they are strong to cope with all sorts of situations thrown to them in life. It will release just before International Women's Day. It's certainly a film aimed at women with a stellar cast which includes Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and Lily Gladstone.

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DVD Review: LA BAMBA (1987 – newly restored)

Feb 25 2017
Who doesn't know the tune La Bamba? A song that can make people jump from their chairs, that makes you want to dance until your feet are sore and which is synonymous for party. I was 17 when the film La Bamba, the All-American rock to riches story of rock and roll legend Ritchie Valens starring Lou Diamond Phillips, was released in 1987 (don't start calculating my age now!). It made a big impression on me as it was also 17 the age when super talented musician Ritchie Valens rose to fame and tragically died shortly afterwards. The film has now been re-released by Eureka Entertainment for the first time in the UK in a 30th Anniversary Digitally Restored Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition.

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