Having just spent a blissful morning reading and playing with my little one, I am really excited to join in sharing our new and old favourite books for children.
Something borrowedand old: The smartest Giant in the town by Julia Donaldson
George wished he wasn’t the scruffiest giant in town
So, one day, he sees a shop selling giant-size clothes, he decides it’s time for a new look. With smart trousers, a smart shirt, stripy tie and shiny shoes, George is a new giant.
But on his way home, he meets various animals who desperately need his help … and his clothes!
I absolutely adore Julia Donaldson’s books. Gruffalo is the most well-known, of course, but there are lots of others, equally kind and entertaining. This one is about being thoughtful, selfless and generous.
Something new-ish: The Cave by Robert Hodgson ( Published in December 2018 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
There is a cave.
A cave that is home to a creature.
A creature that never leaves its cave…
Because of a wolf.
The wolf tries everything to get the creature to leave the cave, to no avail. But what will happen when he’s finally successful? This is a laugh-out-loud story with a BIG surprise!
A new book by Robert Hodgson is about to be published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (April2nd 2019)
I loved the bright bold colours and the enterprising spirit of the big bad wolf very determined to get his lunch. In fact, I concentrated on the story so much, that I didn’t see the big twist coming! All children who I have read this story so far were delighted with the book.
Here are the woods. The woods are home to three foxes on a hunt for rabbits. Three foxes that don’t realize someone might be following them… From the author of The Cave, this is a fantastically funny cat-and-mouse (or fox-and-rabbit) story with a not-so-fluffy twist.
The foxes follow some helpful signs over the tallest trees, under the carrot fields, and through the pumpkin patch, but there’s no sign of any rabbits. What on earth has happened to them? And why are there strange eyes following them from the trees?
Children will love outwitting the foxes—who continually say, “No rabbits here”—by spotting the rabbits in each colorful illustration.
This short colourful story of three hapless foxes on a hunt for rabbits is illustrated in the same delightfully quirky style as the Cave. This time we did expect a twist, but were still surprised and entertained by this cautionary tale of misleading appearances. Kids loved commenting on the foxes’ arduous and fruitless journey as well as spotting the ever-present hunter’s eyes and the cute pink worm who makes its appearance on every page.
Thank you to NetGalley and Francis Lincoln Books for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
Something blue : The Blue Pebble by Anne-Gaelle Balpe, Eve Tharlet (illustrations)
Under a daisy Oli finds a pebble. Everyone he shows it to tells him to throw it away. But Oli just knows he’ll find a use for it one day. At last he meets a very sad girl and finds he was right all along. His pebble is special after all.
A lovely story of a boy who isn’t swayed by other people’s opinions about what things should look like or be like. Beautiful watercolours make Olli’s world seem dreamlike and create a special atmosphere.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Independent Publishers Group for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? What was your opinion?
Have a great Sunday with your loved ones!