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Charlie Cook's Favourite Book Board book – 28 Mar 2017
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Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's best-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children's Laureate. Her books include Room on the Broom, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over seventy languages. Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs and her brilliant live children's shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between Sussex and Edinburgh.
Axel Scheffler is a star illustrator whose instantly recognisable, warm and witty illustrations have achieved worldwide acclaim and numerous awards. In addition to his picture books, Axel is the illustrator of wonderful novelty and gift books for Macmillan, such as the bestselling The Bedtime Bear, The Christmas Bear and Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes. He also illustrates the popular Pip and Posy series. Born in Hamburg, Axel now lives with his family in London.
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Taken at face value it's a fun little story which plays with the notion of the story, breaking the 4th wall, similar to the last page of "Tiddler". The rhythm and wording are perfect, as usual, and the kids get into the cadence of the story if you read it in the metre that it's written.
However, once the story is over, it gives you the chance to talk to your kids about how the boy ended up in the book... And flicking back to the start to show the same boy, it's funny to watch their brows furrow as they try to work out how it's possible...
The images in the book are as excellent as all of the other books in the series, with lovely attention to detail at the end. An excellent bed-time book, and one we'll be reading many nights to come!
Not our favourite Julia Donaldson, there is less of a storyline in this book, it feels more contrived to give a message of encouraging reading (which by the very fact that you're reading the book seems an unnecesary storyline). Not a page turner in the same way that Monkey Puzzle for example is. The same goes for the illustrations, yes they are the usual attractive Scheffler style but none of the characters stand out.
Lovely artwork as always though.
I read this with a four-year-old boy and his 8-year-old sister and they quite liked it the first time through. Then we read it again and their enthusiasm grew - and it's kept on growing.
There's something irresistible about the rhythm of these books and each one has a twist to it that makes it different from the others. In this case, each character is reading a book about the character to come until you're back full-circle. The younger child was initially puzzled by this and then he got the joke and loved it.
The illustrations are witty and wonderful and have more than enough detail to keep the older child enthralled. We're still discovering little treats we hadn't spotted the first fifty times through!
It's a book the older kids look for often but the younger ones hardly at all. However, I think it's good to expose children to more complex storytelling from an early age. With that in mind, I would suggest that if you're only starting your young children's library/bookshelf then opt for some of Donaldson's other offerings as you will get far more use out of them. If you are extending a decent collection and wanting to push your children's focus and attention-spans, then this is a great book.
I'm still giving it 5 stars, because it IS a wonderful book, for the right target audience. Charlie Cook Favourite book is, in fact, one of MY favourite children's books!