For all mischievous kids

Posted on August 6th, 2012

The Value of Reading

From a young age we all know that reading to children is great for calming them down in the evening, providing great cuddle bonding time and developing their learning, imagination and desire to read for themselves in time. What captures their imagination and starts their reading journey is unimportant, that something does is! One of mine worked his way through the Famous 5 while another it was Beast Quest. Once they get the bug, it is a wonderful skill to hold and develop.  

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Dougal Trump is a funny take on family life as told through the eyes of Dougal, a typical mischievous young boy. It is brilliantly told by Jackie Marchant, her first book, snapped up by MacMillian and beautifully illustrated to appeal to children. I would say the reading age is age 9 plus, though children age 7 plus would enjoy the story if it were read to them. It is comical and draws on the imagination, Jackie gets right into the mindset of Dougal and it is this which makes the book so clever. Theo age 10 and the triplets age 8 are very taken with the book so I am hoping this will really inspire their reading journey.

Kids with Dougal Trump Book

There is a whole website to support the book with lots of fun and games, a fan club to join and the first extract free to read on line before buying in paperback or as an ebook; both at £5.99. My kids have had a good look around and given it the thumbs up!


On the Dougal Trump Web Site


Join the fun and Win your signed copy

Jackie has given me a copy of her lovely Dougal Trump book to send free to a lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a comment below saying that you’d like to enter, remember to also leave a way for me to contact you.

To increase your chance of winning:

Follow  and Coombemill on twitter and leave a separate comment here to say you have done so with your twitter name.

For an additional entry, sign up to Dougal Trump’s Gang and leave an extra comment here to say you have done so.

For another entry like Coombemill on facebook and leave an extra comment here with your facebook name.

For one final entry, please tweet the following sentence and leave another comment to say you have done so:

I’ve entered to WIN @DOUGALTRUMP kids book by @JMarchantAuthor & @MacmillanKidsUK with @Coombemill so can you. Pls RT

The competition is open to UK residents and will close on Mondy 20th August 5pm. Good luck to all taking part.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of Dougal Trump to read with my children and review for this competition. All views and opinions expressed are entirely my own. My copy can be found in our reception for our holiday guests to borrow when my children have finished!

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The winner is @Chrissy4116 Many congratulations and happy reading!