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Win a new children’s book! The Wild City Book

WIN a wonderful addition to your children’s bookcase with this Tidy Book’s book review and competition post. You can win your child a copy of The Wild City Book by Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield.  We have three copies of the book to giveaway!!!

Wild City book cover

Children living in cities can sometimes be envious of those that don’t, and instead live in the countryside.  Kids free to roam meadows and forests a mere few steps from their door.  It’s easy to see cities as huge expanses of buildings and roads, but The Wild City Book aims to help children find things to do in the – sometimes difficult to see – wilds of the city.

The Wild City Book is billed as one full of things to do in the outdoors both in towns and in cities.  Just because there isn’t vast expanses of green everywhere doesn’t mean there aren’t a multitude of wildlife and wild opportunities for children to explore nearby.

It’s all about getting outside and having fun, making great use of the greenery and wild spaces dotted around where a child may live.

There are over sixty different projects that kids can try their hand at, and each comes with clear instructions as well as ideas to use everyday items from around the home which sometimes may otherwise be thrown away.

Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks work as a team producing excellent ideas, words and eye-catching images to accompany the text.  They also have a popular website, Go Wild, with even more ideas and inspiration to enjoy the outside.

You can here more about their adventures and ideas first hand at an upcoming event at the Natural History Museum, Go Wild in the City with Fiona and Jo.

Published by Frances Lincoln, The Wild City Book is written by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks is out in May 2014 retailing for £9.99 in paperback.

It’s easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us what wild life you’d like to see in the city by leaving a comment and liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below.  If you’d like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest or Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.

But before you give yourself a great chance of winning a copy of the book have a read of what we made of The Wild City Book



This book is great fun if you are looking for ideas and inspiration to get your children outside.  And while it’s clearly written with city living children in mind, it works really well for kids from any background, those living less urban area too.

It has 60 or so projects that vary in time, equipment and expertise required.  But none of them are beyond the realms of an average child’s competence nor are their equipment lists that are difficult to get.

Split into sections the activities cover things like Wildlife, Wild Creations, Imaginative Play and Games and Trails.

My son is a little obsessed with creepy crawlies, so we particularly enjoyed the section about wildlife.

As well as tips for finding wildlife and creating little habitats for them near your own home, there’s ideas for games and things like pavement storyboards made from natural materials and creating spray stencils from interesting natural materials and water.

There’s just a ton of stuff in this book that I would not have thought of.  A very handy book to have on the book shelf when I need inspiration to get my child exploring the outdoors!



So that’s what we made of The Wild City Book and we have three brand new copies of the book to giveaway.

It’s easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us your what wildlife you’d like to see in the city in a comment and by liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below.  If you’d like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest, Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.  Good Luck!


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74 thoughts on “Win a new children’s book! The Wild City Book

  1. Avatar Ursula Hunt says:

    Red Squirrels

  2. Avatar melanie stirling says:

    Wild gardens full of butterflies and birds.

  3. Avatar melanie stirling says:

    A wild garden full of buttterflies and birds.

  4. Avatar Hester McQueen says:

    Red squirrels.

  5. Avatar Sarah Prightingale says:

    Bumblebees and butterflies

  6. Avatar gina says:

    Birds that are not pigeons!

  7. Avatar Janice Dean says:

    I have lots of birds and squirrels, so I think I would love to see some cottontail rabbits! Thanks!

  8. Avatar Joanna Vernon says:

    Frogs, osprey, squirrels

  9. Avatar Spencer Broadley says:

    More birds – always cheer me up in the morning with their birdsong. I agree with Ursula that we should do more for red squirrels – only got the grey vermin squirrels where I live

  10. Avatar VANDA says:

    a flower meadow full of dew

  11. Avatar Agnieszka says:

    Baby fox.

  12. Avatar Laura C. Martin says:

    More Ladybirds to eat the aphids on my plants

  13. Avatar Elis VM says:

    Red squirrels and foxes

  14. Avatar Angela Burgess says:


  15. Avatar Claire Noke says:

    A miniature woodland (enclosed) full of wild flowers, frogs, ducks, geese, butterflies, squirrels, etc…. 🙂

  16. Avatar Jenny Miller says:

    Flowers that attract lots of butterflies.

  17. Avatar Susan Sargent says:

    Wild gardens for bees

  18. Avatar becca staples says:

    Pheasants and rabbits

  19. Avatar jodie harvey says:

    tigers 😀

  20. Avatar stuart hatton says:

    elephants would be nice despite their size,

  21. Avatar Catherine says:

    We’re really keen to visit the Tate Modern in London and see the peregrine falcons.

  22. Avatar Debbi Shears says:

    I’d love to see a fox

  23. Avatar nicola james says:

    variety of birds other than pigeons

  24. Avatar Dorothee77 says:

    bees, butterflies and red squirrels

  25. Avatar Hazel Christopher says:

    Lots of different insects 🙂

  26. Avatar Nicole Isaacson says:

    Black squirrel

  27. Raccoon faced squirrels from the East coast USA. They are rare here in SC.
    Your book will stir the imaginations of children and their parents for years to come. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the book giveaway. I would love a copy.

  28. I would like to see more humming birds.

  29. Avatar Melanie McNair says:

    Red squirrels

  30. Avatar Jean Vaughan says:

    Businesses to promote roof gardens which attract insects to the flowers.

  31. Avatar Elizabeth White says:

    An otter, apparently they’re in every county now but I’ve never seen one wild.

  32. Avatar Vera Pope says:

    More city farms … horses, cows, sheep….

  33. Avatar Seyma Shabbir says:

    Different exotic birds like mcCaws, Ringnecks, Quackers, etc.

  34. Avatar Daniela James says:

    A wild garden full of butterflies and birds.

  35. Avatar Gabrielle Moore says:

    Flowers for butterflies and bees 🙂

  36. Avatar Kerry Brown says:

    more pretty birds, not just greedy gulls and crows

  37. Avatar Tiffany Schmidt says:

    I love seeing chipmunks wandering around!

  38. Avatar Stephanie says:

    Cicada and Butterflies

  39. Avatar cathy cockburn says:

    I would love to see Otters

  40. Avatar Terry Maigi says:

    I would love to see more birds!

  41. Avatar Caroline Howard says:

    Peacocks 🙂

  42. Avatar katie walters says:

    birds of prey

  43. Avatar Sandra Lane says:

    Red squirrels would be lovely.

  44. Avatar Donna Clark says:


  45. Avatar Karolyn Holden says:


  46. Avatar SHIRLEY BUCK says:

    To go to the park to see all the animals and insects that are in their , all the lovely colours that they are.

  47. Avatar Amelia Pitt says:

    Red squirrels

  48. Avatar Alyson Chapman says:

    I’d love to see more Hedgehogs in our area. We do have some but not nearly as many as in previous years. They’re cute, eat all the snails and slugs and are relatively harmless.

  49. Avatar Wendi S says:

    I would love to walk around DC and see as many Koala Bears as I do Squirrels.

  50. Avatar kim neville says:

    pretty butterflies

  51. Avatar marion king says:

    i would love to see more foxes

  52. Avatar kim mayhead says:

    A hedgehog family

  53. Avatar Lyn N says:

    hedgehogs and caterpillars

  54. Avatar emma falvi says:


  55. Avatar Julia Bohanna says:

    Wrens. So delicate, but with big beautiful voices.

  56. Avatar richard barnes says:


  57. Avatar Susie Wilkinson says:

    Bunny Rabbits!

  58. Avatar claire woods says:


  59. Avatar Kay says:

    Beautiful peacocks

  60. Avatar julie swan says:

    I would love to see more bees. It would be great for cities to have designated gardens with hives. More bees means more flowers and they will no longer be endangered.

  61. Avatar CHRISTINE ANDREWS says:

    What wild life would you like to see in the city
    Birds who will visit our garden

  62. Avatar Kerryn Newton-Edwards says:


  63. Avatar Jayne Swift says:

    More night life, owls etc

  64. Avatar hannah says:

    Wild flower gardens with poppies in it

  65. Avatar shirley evans says:

    badgers and foxes

  66. Avatar Claire Nelson says:

    Butterflies, I love the idea of coming out of the tube and seeing them brightening up the city.

  67. Avatar Janine Atkin says:

    more grass patches for kids to play on

  68. Avatar Eleanor Powell says:

    Any wildlife would be good! Loads more bees and hedgehogs

  69. Avatar Keith H says:

    More city caravan parks like in london.

  70. Avatar Mark Allen says:

    A peregrine falcon or other hunting bird, to keep down the pigeon population

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