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Book Review: Kiki and Bobo’s Sunny Day by Yasmeen Ismail

Kiki and Bobo are having a day at the seaside, its all very exciting but they have very different personalities which reminded me of my own children. This is a lovely picture book from one of the UK’s best children’s book illustrators. Aimed at very little children this has lots of flaps to keep their interest and a very simple charming dialogue between the characters.

I like books which have slightly eccentric characters and in Bobo there is a picture book version of one of my own highly eccentric children. Suffice to say we all found this charming, its a really endearing book.

Being set a the seaside makes it the perfect book to gift any little pre-schoolers who are about to go off on summertime seaside holidays. There are plenty of opportunities in the book to allow you to discuss any anxieties that they might have which makes it a useful addition to the bookshelf this time of year.

As ever with Walker Books Kiki and Boko’s Sunny Day is beautifully presented and feels like a quality book. If you’d like to find out more have a look here.

 

Book Review: My New Room by Lisa Stickley

We are currently thinking about moving house and so the potential of a new room is quite high on the children’s agenda. Lisa Stickley is a designer and illustrator and this is the second in a series of books about Edith.

In this story Edith meets all her toys which are arranged in new places around her room. The toys talk about what they like in the new room, which of course helps Edith settle into her new bigger bedroom.

If you like quite unique picture books which have style and a quirkiness about them then you’ll love this one. In our household it appealed most to the middle child who is a girl and I think sort of identified with Edith.

The five year old really loved the page about Major Ted who lives on Edith’s bed: ‘I sometimes have to wear earplugs to block out Edith’s snoring, but thats part of the job’. Ned our five year old has his own teddy and it has made him think in a lot of detail about his teddy’s adventures whilst he is at school.  I’ve been given several illustrations and five work stories on the theme which have been accompanied with lots of discussion!

This is a lovely book with great illustrations and a really unusual way of laying out the text. We all have enjoyed it and we cant wait to hear more about Edith’s life. Find out more here.

Book Review: Early Learning at the Museum- Nosy Crow with The British Museum

It isn’t very often that I get really, really excited by picture board books. In fact, if i’m honest I could count the number of times on one hand- probably less. HOWEVER, being a museum curator and archaeologist I could not believe my luck when these two titles dropped through the door for review.

Nosy Crow have teamed up with The British Museum to produce these 2 chunky concept board books and there are more to come!

The books feature a range of objects form the museum collections to try to help children grasp the concepts of letters and numbers through using fabulous images of objects in the collections. To add to the books adults can scan the QR code in each book to find out more about the featured objects and there is a full key at the back.

These are perfect books for anyone with an interest in history who has new children, they are such a refreshing change from the usual types of concept book and hold an interest for parents as well as the child. A brilliant idea, I love them and they will be staying on our bookshelves for a long time!Find out more here.

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They are priced at £6.99 each and publish on 4th May

Book Review: Maisy’s Sports Day and Maisy’s Bus by Lucy Cousins

 

The Maisy books will be forever associated with my kids pre-school years. We spent hours and hours learning about all her and her friends adventures.

Maisy’s Sports Day is a brilliant little picture book to read to your pre-school or nursery aged child to prepare them for all the exciting activities they will be taking part in. With Sports Day just around the corner this is surely THE book to buy this week for them!

Maisy’s bus is a delightful little book all about the journey to the seaside in a bus driven by Maisy. What a fab book to help prepare your little one for any UK adventures you might be having soon!

If you’re looking to build a library for your child then the Maisy books are a good investment as they are bright colourful and appealing. In our household of girls and boys we found that they were the most used books on our shelf between the ages of 1 and 6 because they appeal to both sexes.

Have a look at the Maisy website for lots more games and activities.

Book Review: Old MacDonald Heard A Parp by Olaf Falafal: A Mum’s Take

 

There is nothing that my children find more amusing than a bit of toilet humour. That’s why I knew, even before the review copy of Old MacDonald Heard a Parp by Olaf Falafel came that they would love it.

Old MacDonald Heard a Parp is a reimagined take on the classic nursery rhyme, except in this version Old MacDonald thinks the parps are coming from all the animals.

This is a fab book for getting the children to join in with you and for having an innocent laugh with them. I often find that my children find a lot of books quite intense and it takes a very special book for them to join in and become quite animated. This book is one of them and the five year old in particular loves it. In fact, he repeats the rhyme at every possibility.

Now, I say the five year old loves it, but to be honest this doesn’t convey just how much he loves it. There is a downside, he is quite cheeky and I’m blaming this book for his latest little practical joke which involves phoning people up and blowing raspberries down the phone at them. I suspect this was comedian Olaf Falafel’s intention. It has made us all laugh and we are planning on reminding him of this when he’s older.

We have all enjoyed this book, the illustrations are great, and there is a handy guide to making the noises. However, most of all though, it has made us all laugh and rediscover a bit of family fun at a time when we really have needed to do this. Thanks Olaf! If you’ve got kids in the 4- 8 year old age range or just fancy a good old laugh then this is the perfect picture book for you.

Harper Collins are running a competition to win a signed copy of the book: