Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep – David Melling
When this new book popped into my hands I knew it was going to be great. Douglas is a great character that is loved by my whole family.
Douglas has been invited to a sleepover with his rabbit friend. But Douglas has never been to a sleepover and with everything else that happens to him there are always hurdles and problems to squeeze into and overcome.
We’ve not actually read this book at home yet, it’s been put in a pile for Max’s birthday but I needed to share it with you all as I know it’s one that everyone will love as much as us.
Esther sent me a message asking if she could write a few reviews! Here’s the first of them. I’ve always seen this book and never picked it up but will definitely get it next time I’m at work! Thanks Esther!
Rosie’s Walk - Pat Hutchins
This book is a cute little story full of prepositions (across, around, over etc.). Rosie is a ‘busy, fat, comfortable hen’ who goes for a walk, oblivious to the fox following her. Luckily for Rosie, the fox seems to get thwarted in every second page, and she makes it home in time for dinner. I have fond memories of this book (and must have spent a lot of time reading it - note the circled objects on the front cover - naughty kid Esther), and is great for children learning descriptive words. My copy is a well loved paperback, but the Book Depository also has hard cover copies for those little grabby hands.
This Is Not My Hat – Jon Klassen
So many of you know and love I Want My Hat Back? Well this is the much awaited sequel/spin off. A fish has taken a hat from a bigger fish, it isn’t his hat but he doesn’t care.
In the same style of I Want My Hat Back this book is great. It’s simple story but hilarious sarcastic touches means that parents and kids love it alike.
Max loves pointing the hat out and pointing out all the fishes but I don’t think that you need much more convincing with this book.
It’s only in hardback at the moment but would be a great gift just in time for Christmas!
I asked Marisa if she wanted to share a book with our readers as I love the way her and Ena are such avid readers and share their stories on their blog.
This book looks fantastic!
Gyo Fujikawa’s A to Z Picture Book - Gyo Fujikawa
When my husband and I were expecting our daughter, we couldn’t help but buy this book to add to her growing library. She has a few alphabet books, but this is by far our favourite.
The black and white pages have wonderful unexpected illustrations for each letter, like “Edelweiss” for E and “rolling pin” for R. The pages with colour illustrations are an absolute delight and it was so hard to choose only one or two to share with you today. I think “Y is for Yuletide” might be my favourite, because the illustration captures the feeling of Christmas for me so perfectly.
The pages are paper, so they aren’t ideal for our one-year-old who loves to carry books around with her. But we occasionally pull this out and look at it carefully together, and she loves it. I know that when she is older this book will be a lot of fun for her to look at and learn her alphabet.
This book retails for $11.95 CAD.
The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas – Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter
When you hear that one of your favourite bands is releasing a children’s book you never know how to react. There are so many cases of celebrities releasing books that really aren’t that good. This one however is an exception.
The book focuses on a boy called Danny (see what they did there!) who gets a dinosaur for Christmas. A very hungry dinosaur that won’t stop until he’s eaten everything in site. Including everything for Christmas!
As you are aware though, what goes in, must come out and the rest of the book, well you need to read it to believe it. A very graphic but very funny book.
This book is for the kids and adults alike with humour that will get the whole family laughing. It’s filled with poop, dinosaurs and Christmas. What’s not to love! The book is really charming and I must say that I hope the boys decide to release another book. Max loves anything disgusting at the moment so talking about poop is right up his street.
This book is available most places for around £6.99
Also keep your eyes peeled (this may be part of a small xmas giveaway!)
This Moose Belongs To Me – Oliver Jeffers
Okay, so as you all know about my love (wee obsession) with Oliver Jeffers. His work is just so magical. So when this book popped into my work I had to snap it up with such haste that I didn’t even look to see what it was about!
In a similar style to Lost and Found, this book tells you of Wilfred who finds a moose and decides to call it Marcel. Marcel is a very obedient Moose, following the rules of being a good pet to Wilfred. But what happens when someone else decides that they own Marcel and he isn’t really Marcel at all but someone entirely different.
This book is different in style to some of Jeffers other work; whereas the rest of the books are pure illustration, this is more illustrations layered over old prints and paintings. It gives the book a nice quirk to the normal illustrations of other picture books. I love the story. It captures the imagination just like the rest of Jeffers work does. There might not be much meaning behind his stories and there might not be a moral to it but the way it makes you smile as you are reading it proves that people of all ages will love it.
Max is enjoying this book. We received a limited edition print with the book so he gets to see that in his bedroom all the time! He has also learnt about the word moose, which is really funny to hear him say!
The book is only in hardback at the moment, but if you like any of his other works then this is a great addition to the collection.
I LOVE TO DANCE - Anna Walker
This is another book that’s great for getting your little ones involved!
Ollie really likes dancing and throughout the book he does all his favourite types of dancing. The illustrations are really cute and it’s nice and simple. Dylan especially likes dancing like a jelly and shouts “wobble wobble” when we get to that part!
The paperback retails for £5.99 but once again this was a bargain bin find for £1.99.
The Hair Scare - Jeffrey Fisher
I go this book at Camp Bestival on a small stall that was filled with interesting books that I had never seen before, so of course I had to pick it up!
Radbert is a boy who loves to cut hair, but not in a normal, smart haircut type of way, but in a way that is so unique that the recipient of the hair cut was amazed. One day the king knocks at the door asking for a haircut… but if he fails at it, there would be trouble throughout the land! What will happen to the kings hair? Will he like it or will Radbert be in big trouble!
This book is so fun, the illustrations are so quirky and different, it’s what made me pick up the book in the first place. The book is such a lovely simple story, it’s one of hope and dreams for a child that just want’s to cut hair and be different. Something that all of us can appreciate and agree with.
We’ve only read this a couple of times to Max, it’s not one that he reaches for in his book cart (he’s going for his trusty favourites at the moment!) but that’s not to say it won’t become a firm favourite and a book I already have a soft spot for. I wouldn’t suggest the book is for everyones taste. it’s one that takes a bit of reading to fully appreciate but if you enjoy the likes of Chris Haughton then I’m sure you will love it.
I paid about £4 for this book, it’s published by bloomsbury and the only place I can find it is here
FOLLOW THAT STRING - Deborah Brown & Kathy Bacovitch
Okay guys. I really think this is one of my favourite picture books ever, and it’s certainly Dylan’s favourite at the moment!
Ning has a parcel delivered which is full of string and a note instructing him to follow it. He and his toy rabbit Keppy do so and it leads to so much fun!
I’m going to have to give away the story in order to express how brilliant this book is. When you get to the end of the string, there’s an actual piece of string with a paper key attached. The key ‘unlocks’ a chest, and inside the chest (pocket) is a tiny book full of Ning & Keppy’s favourite things. It’s such a creative way to end the story and means the fun continues once the book is over.
Following the string through the book is great fun and Dylan loves tracing it with his finger. He’s been obsessed with this book for weeks now and even once we’ve read it and he’s ready to sleep he asks to have his ‘Keppy book’ in bed with him.
I would highly recommend this book to all of you - it’s a brilliant way of getting your kids really involved with reading.
It retails for £6.99 but I picked it up in my local bargain bin for £1.99!