Monday, 5 November 2012

Children's Picture Books - Review

We were sent some new books to review recently, all published by Maverick Arts Publishing. Wee Z and Miss C love getting new books to read and when they come in the post, they fight over who gets to look at them first. Quite often Wee Z will read the book to Miss C before I get a chance to look at the book.

The first book we read was The Fearsome Beastie by Giles Paley-Phillips. This book is about a scary beast who eats small children for his dinner. The children hide behind their curtains and under the stairs but when the beastie tricks them by crying and being upset, they go outside to help and he gobbles them up. Luckily, one little boy escapes and he runs to find help from his Gran.

What I loved about this book is it goes back to the way stories were told in the books I grew up reading. For example, in Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Little Pigs, the woodsman kills the wolf with an axe and two of the three little pigs get eaten by a wolf. Nowadays, books don't go "there" with children's stories. I also like that it gives a good topic of conversation around strangers and how some bad strangers can trick children. Maybe that's a bit deep for some children but for Wee Z it was a great talking point and I find he responds to things from books more than just talking generally.

The Fearsome Beastie is the first book from Giles Paley-Phillips and it won The People's Book Prize. It is illustrated by Gabriele Antonini. 

The second book we received was Tamara Small and the Monsters' Ball, again written by Giles Paley-Phillips. This book is about a little girl called Tamara Small who is taken by a monster to the annual monsters' ball. At first she is afraid but she soon has lots of fun with all the monsters and can't wait to go back again.

This book reminded me a little of Roald Dahl's The B.F.G because the monster comes to Tamara's house and takes her through her window to the ball. The book is written in rhyme which I enjoy reading as I get to use my "sing-song" voice and it encourages Miss C to look for words that sound the same. This is a really fun, colourful book and I thought it would be an excellent book to read at Halloween. I also like that the book has the character's name in it; it suggests that there could be a series of books featuring Tamara Small.

Tamara Small and the Monsters' Ball is the second book from Giles Paley-Phillips and was published in October 2012. It is illustrated by Gabriele Antonini.

The last book we read was The Jelly That Wouldn't Wobble written by Angela Mitchell. This is a really fun book about a Princess who is celebrating her birthday but gets very angry when her birthday jelly won't wobble like a jelly should wobble. The kingdom has to come up with a way to make the jelly wobbly before the Princess' birthday party is ruined.

We loved this story as it is really fun and easy to read. The pictures are bright and quirky and I loved the grumpy jelly!

The Jelly That Wouldn't Wobble is written by Angela Mitchell, who works as a Librarian. This book was published in May 2012. The book is illustrated by Sarah Horne.

We received these books for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


Aida Leal said...

I really like the idea of The Fearsome Beastie. We don't read much to our baby yet. Mainly because I need to read to him in Portuguese - I don't speak to him in English so he doesn't get confused - and haven't found books here yet, will probably ask my parents to send me some on the post. Daddy will be the one reading in English but doesn't want to start until he is about 6 months and although I think you can start at any age I don't want to force as for them to bond it should be something natural between them. Anyways - where was I again? lol - I liked the reviews and will keep that in mind when I start buying him books. 

LauraCYMFT said...

These are great books although for a baby I'd recommened the series of books called Is that my...You can get books like Is that my cat? Is that my dog? etc very good big bright picture books we used to read from 6+ months and they are textured too. I'm sure with bilingual children you can start as soon as with them. They soak up so much it's the best time to do it when they are babies!

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