Afternoon my lovelies.  I hope you all had a brilliant weekend and are also having a great Monday! Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for The Problem with Poppy by Emma Sandford, a delightful children’s book aimed at 4-8 year olds…..

about the problem with poppy

Title: The Problem with Poppy
Author: Emma Sandford
Genre: Children’s Picture Book – ages 4-8
Estimated page count: 32
Formats available: eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited
Publisher: Full Media Ltd (25 May 2021)

Poppy the porcupine has always wanted to make a friend, but her defensive nature prevents her. When a young tiger cub stumbles upon her one day in the rainforest, she reacts badly and scares him away.

Determined to change her ways, she sets out to find him, but little does she know that the tiger cub is about to have a problem of his own. In the face of danger, will Poppy find a way to save the day?

Purchase Links: Website ~ Full Media ~ Amazon UK ~ Amazon US


my thoughts

This is a delightful little picture book aimed at 4- 8 year olds, which looks at friendship.  Poppy really wants to make friends but keeps messing up because of her defensive nature.  When Rory, the young tiger cub tries to make friends, she scares him off yet again.  But she’s determined this time and sets off to find him – searching everywhere for him.  When she eventually finds him, something unexpected happens and Poppy has to be brave in order to help her new friend…..

The illustrations are bright and colourful, the characters are cute, and the story will keep young readers on the edge of their seat as they set off on their journey with Poppy.  It’s also educational, and teaches us a little about Porcupines too.

The font is large, and easy to read and understand for the little people who might be reading this. And not only is this a wonderful story, but £1 from every sale of the book will be donated to Rainforest Trust UK too, who help to protect tropical rainforests and the animals that live there.  A win-win situation!

So, if you’re looking for a lovely, colourful story for your kids that involves bravery and friendship, that will take them on a mini journey and give them some beautiful illustrations, and a wonderful message about friendship, then you should check this out.  Recommended by me.

about the author

Emma Sandford is a Liverpool-born author and businesswoman based in Cheshire. For many years, she has wanted to write a children’s book that draws on her own experiences and helps young children overcome personal issues. One day, inspiration hit her: she realised that a porcupine has a very obvious defence mechanism where it shows its quills, stamps its feet and chatters with its teeth when feeling threatened.

Unfortunately, due to traumatic events in her life, Emma has also been defensive in situations where she didn’t need to be, and was frightened to let people get close to her. The Problem With Poppy is a fun way of teaching kids that while everybody has a natural defence mechanism, there is a time and a place to use it. By the end of the story, Poppy has learnt this valuable lesson and she makes a lifelong friend in the process.

Emma is planning on writing more books in the future that have similar important messages for youngsters. Watch this space!

Where to find Emma online: Twitter | @FullMediaLtd ~ Facebook | FullMediaLtd ~ Twitter | @ESandfordAuthor

follow the tour

Thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to the tour, and to Emma and Full Media Ltd for my copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful day my loves and I’ll be back soon

Chelle x

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