Buy at amazon Buy at hiveI love John Burningham - his simply drawn pictures that are still full of detail, stories that actually have a point to them. This book is no different - a story about an old magic bed that has the power to carry you away at night on adventure after adventure. There's an extra layer to this story though, in that some of the adults in the story aren't … [Read more...] about The Magic Bed – John Burningham
Buy at Hive I love the style of illustration of Anthony Browne's books, far more like non picture book pictures than some picture books, if that makes any sense. But I found the story in this one quite disturbing. I'm sure it's supposed to be satirical or thought provoking but mainly it seemed unpleasant and rather sad, as it tells the story of a less than happy family on a … [Read more...] about Zoo. Anthony Browne.
Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery is one of a series of books about Bob and his friend Barry. Bob works on the moon, keeping it tidy, helping visitors, that sort of thing. He looks very 1960s American astronaut to me, if that makes any sense. His dog has one eye and doesn't appear to need a spacesuit. (This is relevant, bear with me.) A tree grows on the moon, and then grows a … [Read more...] about Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery Simon Bartram
I don't remember when I first met Mog The Forgetful Cat. It's as if I've always known her. I definitely read her to the older children, and I'm loving having the chance to introduce her all over again. It's a simple book with unfussy illustrations. But there's a strong story to it - and some wonderful ideas. I particularly like the part where Mog is licking Debbie's hair and … [Read more...] about Mog the forgetful cat. Judith Kerr.
I know this might be a slightly heretical thing to say, but I'm not a Charlie and Lola fan. I don't like the way the she talks, or the way she manipulates Charlie, or even the physical way the books are laid out. I don't have any problems with reading, but I know lots of people do, and I imagine these books are quite difficult to approach in the way that the words change size … [Read more...] about Charlie and Lola: We honestly can look after your dog.