Saturday, 14 June 2014

We Are Writers, Co-branded book with Scholastic

London Loveiosa have been given the chance to co-brand a book with Scholastic as part of their 
"We Are Writers" campaign!

We're giving 7 - 12 year olds who are living in London the chance to be published authors! Each child can submit a story under 1500 words and we will add every single one of them to our book, which will then be available to purchase through London Loveiosa. The money raised will be split between schools in the UK and London Loveiosa's future campaigns.

Children can submit their stories here or find out more information on our website.
The closing date is for submissions is 11.00am BST on Monday 1st September, just as the train sets off for Hogwarts! So all of us witches and wizards will have plenty of reading material on our long train journey!

Please share the above image with your friends and family. This is an amazing opportunity for budding authors in our community and we're so excited to be apart of this campaign and to have our name on a book alongside Scholastic, as well as all these budding new authors- who knows, we might  have the next J.K. Rowling or John Green on our hands!

Jessica X

Friday, 13 June 2014

A Wonderful Day at Seven Stories

Last Sunday, Jessica and I visited Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, located in Newcastle. This not only gave us the opportunity to spend the day singing the Byker Grove theme song, but also to see what this inspirational charity has been able to accomplish.

There really are seven floors!

Seven Stories runs exhibitions, events and learning programmes all with the aim of making children passionate about reading. They have original artwork and manuscripts on show from many of Britain’s favourite authors and illustrators.While we were there we were lucky enough to handle some of Philip Pullman’s original manuscripts of Northern Lights and Nick Sharatt’s original drawings for Tracy Beaker, only while wearing white gloves of course.




The centre encourages active participation, children can make art inspired by their favourite stories and can even dress up as their favourite characters.

Story time is held throughout the day on the beautiful top floor which features original beams and books hanging from the ceiling. I could have easily spent hours in this room, it has such a cosy atmosphere.

When there's a giant chair, you just have to sit in it!

The current exhibition is Moving Stories: Children’s books from page to screen, and although we were a little disappointed Harry Potter wasn’t featured it was great to see all the rare and intriguing objects on display. These included Roald Dahl’s original annotated notebooks from Fantastic Mr Fox, original manuscripts and illustrations from The Borrowers and a Disney sketch of Snow White taken from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

What's that Jacqueline Wilson? What are my favourite children's books?

Why all of them, of course!

I would highly recommend a visit to Seven Stories if you are visiting the North East. The staff were all extremely helpful and informative, and the cream tea wasn't bad either!

Seven Stories is a wonderful champion of children’s books and we left feeling thoroughly inspired that one day, we too, could create a space to promote a love of reading to as many young people as possible.

Rebecca x

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Happy Birthday Anne Frank!

Today we're celebrating what would have been Anne Frank's 85th birthday. Anne Frank needs no introduction, the diary she wrote as a girl throughout World War 2 has become a classic, selling 30 million copies and touching the hearts of readers across the world. London Loveiosa are constantly inspired by Anne and her constant positive outlook on life and humanity despite the terrible circumstances she was living through. In celebration of Anne Frank's life, members have taken photographs of themselves holding their favourite Anne Frank quote. Incredibly, each member chose a different quote without prompt which is a credit to the diary and the vast range of beautiful and inspiring quotes it holds between it's pages. 

Photograph of Laura Sasia.
"I want to write, but more than that I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart." 
- Anne Frank.

Photograph of Elesha Tailor.
"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."
 - Anne Frank.

Photograph of Sarah Carter.
"When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived." 
- Anne Frank.

Photograph of Elizabeth Hill. 
"Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness."
- Anne Frank.

Photograph of Natasza Lentner (Treasure)
"What I condemn are our systems of values and the men who don't acknowledge how great, difficult, but ultimately beautiful women's share in society is." 
- Anne Frank. 

Photograph of Elizabeth Hamlet.
"The final forming of a persons character lies in their own hands."
- Anne Frank.

Photograph of Rebecca Milburn.
"What's done can't be undone, but at least you can keep it from happening again."
- Anne Frank.

Photograph of Jessica Barker.
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." 
- Anne Frank.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak! ReviewsdayTuesday.

London Loveiosa would like to wish Maurice Sendak the happiest of birthdays! Born in 1928, 2014 would have seen Sendak at 85 years! Best known for his children's picture book, Where The Wild Things Are, Sendak is one of the worlds best loved children's authors. In celebration of his wonderful stories London Loveiosa have written reviews of a selection of his books as part of ReviewsdayTuesday. 

Alligators All Around

Where the Wild Things Are is a beautiful story I loved as a child and still love as an adult but I didn't really know much of his Maurice Sendak's work. Therefore, In honour of Maurice's upcoming birthday, I decided to discover some of his other works.
Alligators All Around caught my attention as soon as a saw the frolicking alligators on the cover page & it didn't disappoint!This book is a lovely jaunt through the alphabet. It takes the reader on a journey from A to Z, travelling with a very funny family of alligators.I particularly love the letters L & M which have the alligators 'Looking Like Lions' and 'Making Macaroni'!

I think this is a great book to introduce kids to the alphabet with wonderfully joyful illustrations that'll ensure kids will want to read and re read this book while learning their ABCs
- Natasza Lentner

Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue

Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue is one of my favourite Maurice Sendak books because not only does it include a strong moral and Sendak’s wry wit but it also features a lion. What more could you want? The story is about Pierre, a young boy who disobeys his parents and always replies with “I don’t care”. This response often hurts the feelings of his parents and when they leave him home alone one day, a lion comes to call. Pierre is *spoiler* eaten by the lion after saying he didn’t care if he died, but as this is a children’s book Pierre is soon rescued from the lion’s stomach, alive and well. Pierre is so happy to be alive that he finally learns to care. Through rhyming and repetition Pierre: A Cautionary Tale shows the consequence’s of not caring. I think a lot of children and even teenagers go through an “I don’t care” phase and as a result this cautionary tale is relevant for both young and old. “The moral of Pierre is: CARE!” 
- Rebecca Milburn

Where The Wild Things Are

I thought I had never read "Where The Wild Things Are" before, but as I opened the pages I was transported back to a time where I had been read this lovingly illustrated book at school story time. This is a trip into the imagination of a child and the wild and crazy things that they think up. As an adult it reminded me to practice this very skill, so I can disappear into a magical world when I am feeling down. The story has a message that reminds children that when they feel like their parents don't love them because they have misbehaved, they are indeed loved, despite the child's flaws. I plan to read this to my niece as soon as she is old enough!  
- Elizabeth Hamlet

The Sign On Rosie's Door

The Sign On Rosie's door is the only chapter book by Maurice Sendak that I have read, and it's remained a firm favourite since childhood. The story in essence similar to Where The Wild Things Are, it is the story of how a child's imagination is enough to fuel a whole world. Rosie is bored and so she puts up a sign on her door that says "If you want to know a secret, then knock three times" when her friend see's this sign she ofcourse knocks, the secret is that Rosie is in fact not Rosie at all, but actually "Allinda, the lovely lady singer" the story continues in this way, with Rosie and her friends being referred to with different names and seeking out ways to cure their boredom. It's a wonderful story and a great book to read alongside a child. Re-reading this helped me to remember the freedom in a child's imagination that an adult never chooses to lose, but somehow always will. 
- Jessica Barker

Where The Wild Things Are

I read "Where the Wild Things Are" for the first time yesterday, so that I could wrote this review on Maurice Sendak's birthday.

I did not grew up with Mr Sendak's stories, even though "Where the Wild Things Are" is quite famous in France. (The title was translated "Max and the Maximonsters". It's the cutest thing.)
I really enjoyed the story because my own bedroom used to be Neverland, a West End stage or Hogwarts, depending on my age slash mood slash reading influences.
Writing children's stories sounds easy but it really isn't, and in "Where The Wild Things Are" Maurice Sendak really described perfectly this wonderful power of imagination that mainly children possess.
Also, wild adventures are great but mum's cooking is better.
Favourite quote :
“Oh please don’t go-
we’ll eat you up-we love you so!”

- Laura Sasia

Where The Wild Things Are

I never read this book as a child like so many others, it’s always been on my to do list so Maurice Sendak’s birthday seems the perfect time. The illustrations really bring this book to life and are one of my favourite aspects. It seems to be the images in this book that a lot of people remember most vividly and now I know why! The story’s written about a young ‘wild’ boy named max with a vast and vibrant imagination who is sent to his room without supper after being mischievous. Shortly after his room transforms into a forest in which he meets the real ‘wild things”. The book may be short but there’s so much contained within it’s pages, I would recommend this to any age, everyone!

- Lily Sears

Where The Wild Things Are

Growing up, I had very limited access to books because of my family's economic situation. What I did have access too was almost always about real situations and real people, whereas I got immersed in movies and television shows that featured, from my perspective, more imagination. I see books, even simple ones, that allow fantastical things to happen to the characters as something really important for children to have, just as important as stories about the world we live in. What they call "innovation" in adults is really just the same "imagination" that children should be encouraged to have. I think "Where the Wild Things Are" is one of those things that encourages it and I hope it continues to spark imagination well into the future-
- Lola Olson

Where The Wild Things Are

It's clear to see why Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is considered a classic children's story. The book tells the tale of Max's adventure far across the sea where the wild things live. The book is beautifully illustrated by Sendak, and the wild things in particular are brought to life as incredible fantasy creatures surrounded by wild backgrounds. This one is definitely a childhood favourite for good reason!
- Hannah Roberts

The Trilogy

Many people are unaware that Where The Wild Things Are is actually part of a trilogy, the other two stories being In The Night Kitchen and Outside Over There. 

Where The Wild Things Are

Where The Wild Things Are is the most famous of the three, and in fact of Sendak's career. As a child it was my favourite, it was the one that I would call for again and again and again, until my mother needn't look at the pages to know the words. Years later, I sympathise with her. It's still in the top 5 "again, again!" stories in nurseries across the UK. I must have read it to hundreds of children, thousands of times. I know the book by heart, word for word, page for page, picture for picture, and yet I've never tired of it.  The story, as you'll have read in the reviews above, is about a young boy called Max. The night that max wore his wolf suit (this was my handle on my first fanfic and tumblr accounts. Aww) his mother calls him wild thing, and sends him to bed without any supper. Max is angry, and as his anger grows so does his imagination until he finds himself in a new world, where fantastic, wild and terrible things happen. 
Maurice Sendaks illustrations are classics in their own right, on each page as Max's imagination grows, the illustration becomes larger and larger, until Max calms down and retreats from his imagination. At this point the illustrations grow smaller on the page, until there are only words. In my eyes this is what makes Sendak a genius. He is king of all the genius things. 

In The Night Kitchen

In The Night Kitchen is also part of this trilogy, it tells the story of Mickey, who is awoken in the night by strange noises in his kitchen. Just like Max, Mickey disappears into the surreal and wonderful world of imagination, instead of Wild Things, Mickey meets bakers and nearly becomes cake himself! In The Night Kitchen is much more controversial than Where The Wild Things Are, but it holds true to Maurice's statement of imagination and is well loved by children when they're allowed to get their paws on it! 

Outside Over There

Outside Over There is the final in the trilogy, and is not so recognisable as Sendak's as the previous two. The illustrations are less child friendly, and the story makes less sense. Essentially it is about a young girl who's baby sister is stolen by Goblins and the journey she goes on to find her. This book appealed to me less as a child, however re-reading it as an adult brought a smile to my face as it shows the ups and downs of love between siblings and family.  
- Jessica Barker 

London Loveiosa is as easy as A.B.C.


At a recent meeting, London Loveiosa sat down to plan the next 12 months. We had so many brilliant ideas, but no structure to them. When should we hold them ? Which date ? Which age group ? Where would we hold it? Online or IRL ? How do we make sure they're spread evenly across the year ? We knew the answer should be easy as A.B.C. 

And so it was decided that over the next 12 months London Loveiosa's events will all be Author Birthday Celebrations. We'll be holding a variety of online and IRL events on some of our favourite authors birthdays. It looks like it's going to be a very exciting year for us, and we can't wait to get started! The events we have planned range from online fancy dress competitions, to water fights. We even have a very special Quidditch match in the works to celebrate one of our very very favourite authors! So keep your ears and your eyes wide open, because one thing is for sure, London Loveiosa sure know how to throw a birthday party! 

Today is Maurice Sendak's birthday, Author of over 20 books and illustrator to many many more. His story Where The Wild Things Are holds a very special place in my own heart, and so seems a wonderful place for us to begin. Look out for reviews of his books on our blog later on this evening! 

Jessica X 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

ReviewsdayTuesday : More Than This

“Real life is only ever just real life. Messy. What it means depends on how you look at it. The only thing you’ve got to do is find a way to live there.” 

I finally got around to reading More Than This by Patrick Ness after hearing so much hype from publishers and readers alike. The book's huge marketing campaign almost put me off but I'm so glad it didn't. Patrick Ness is undoubtedly one of the best YA writers out there and this book deserves all the attention it has received.

More Than This opens with a boy drowning, and then waking up...where? What follows is an exploration of whether anything else that happens in the book is real or not. This book asks the big philosophical questions, and it definitely asks more questions than it gives answers.  

I cannot go into the plot further in any way, just take my word that this book is fantastic. Many times, I actually spoke aloud the words: "Oh my god!" and "What the hell?" Maybe I don't read enough thriller/suspense novels, but everything that happened surprised me. I had no idea what was going to happen next and I was thoroughly captivated. I feel like the cliche review quote "I just couldn't put it down" actually applies here!

If you enjoy stories about the afterlife/ post-apocalypse /the future or just really smart YA then you will love this book! Also, check out Patrick Ness's other books: the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls.

“Know yourself and go in swinging.” 

Rebecca x

(I had to stop myself numerous times from turning this review into an appreciation post for my favourite character. If you've read the book/ know me at all, you'll know who I mean. I'm a sucker for a hero.)

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

ReviewsdayTuesday : Rivers of London

It's been a few weeks, so this Reviewsday Tuesday is way overdue!

I had been hearing great things about Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series for a long time, and after giving out copies at our World Book Night event in Paddington Station, I just had to find out what all the fuss was about!

I've got to say, I absolutely loved this book (in fact, I've already moved on to the sequel, Moon Over Soho). Rivers of London starts in modern day London with PC Peter Grant working hard in the lowest ranks of the Metropolitan Police. Slowly, through the eyes of Peter, we begin to see the magical world that lies beneath the day to day life of London and have to solve a mystery that no one really understands. 

As I have said, I really enjoyed this book. Aaronovitch's love for the city of London really shines through. As a Londoner, I took great joy in the action being so engrained to places I know, and non-Londoners can really get lost in the London atmosphere that shines through the story. I also greatly enjoyed the humour that is weaved into what could be a very dark novel; PC Peter Grant and his fellow characters from the Met are highly likeable, and as a reader you truly want to spend time with them whilst they decipher the mysteries placed before them. 

Rivers of London is a fast-paced detective novel with an artful twist that keeps the reader engaged and curious until the very end. If you like detective fiction, fantasy or crime novels, I cannot recommend Rivers of London enough! 

American readers should note that in the US Rivers of London is instead called Midnight Riot. 

Hannah Xx