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:

Book Review: Also an Octopus by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Benji Davies

Sometimes its difficult to think about how to write a story, this book is for those moments. It really is a fantastic metafictive picture book which works on lots of different levels making it perfect for our household of children  whose ages range from 5 to nearly 10 years old.

I really enjoy reading picture books which are essentially about story-telling and creation to the children as I find that they always stimulate a lot of conversation. This book was no exception with lots of discussion about alternative characters and scenarios.

I cant write this review without mentioning Benji Davies fabulous illustrations. Having previously reviewed Storm Whale and Grandad’s Island, Also an Octopus has a very different feel to it. The illustrations have a vintage feel to them and fit the story perfectly, providing children with lots to see and engage with.

This is a great addition to your bookshelf, its a brilliantly sculpted way to assist the children with structuring their own stories but also a great story in itself. Very entertaining!

You can find out more about it here.

Book Review: Guess How Much I Love You By Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram- Sweetheart Edition and Colouring Book

If you’re looking for a special gift for Valentines Day for either your child or another book loving member of your family then these are just the treat!

Guess How Much I Love you is a UK classic, the story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hares efforts to express to each other how much they love each other. It is a delightful read and a simple story which can be read time and time again creating many special memories.

The Guess How Much I Love You Colouring Book is one of the loveliest colouring books i’ve seen in a long time and to be honest I’ve kept it myself rather than give it to the children as I cant bring myself to let them loose with it!

If you’re giving to a child then match them up with a small plush bunny. If you’re giving it to an adult, how about pairing this with a bouquet of flowers or a bottle of champagne to make a genuinely lovely, thoughtful gift.

You can find more information here.

Book Review and Competition: Dalmatian in a Digger by Rebecca Elliot

To celebrate publication of a new picture book, Dalmatian in a Digger by Rebecca Elliott, coming out with Curious Fox this month, we have a copy of the book hot-off-the-press to giveaway to one lucky reader.

This brilliant picture book combines childhood favourites – building sites, animals and making loud noises – what’s not to love? Children and parents will delight finding out which animals are driving the machines as they turn the pages of the book, and there’s a nice surprise on the last page as it’s revealed what all the animals are building.

A perfect read for any digger-obssessed tots.

For your chance to win a copy please comment below telling me what other animals you’d like to see driving a digger and fill out the rafflecopter.

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Book Review: I Dont Know What To Call My Cat by Simon Philip and Ella Bailey

If you are a family of cat lovers like us then this picture book is a real treat. From the moment we saw the book we knew we would love it. Naming your cat is quite a common dilemma it appears- we had terribel trouble but settled on the name Jonny. This book provides plenty of inspiration for that dilemma.

This book is clearly written by a cat lover as they’ve managed to hit upon the exact level of sass which every cat seems to possess and use that to keep the story moving. The book takes a strange turn when the cat goes missing and she gets a new pet from the zoo, for my five year old this appeared to be hilarious. Then like all cats, the cat came home with a new collar and a name. Clearly the cat has several ‘owners’ probably like my cat whose name can be heard being called by various neighbours at various times!

This is a great book for any budding or actual cat owner, its an easy going story for bedtime and to be honest the main thing my children liked about it was the illustrations. Visually it looks great and is a piece of art but for my children the fact that there are loads of different pictures of different cats with different names is the thing they love the most. I cant tell you how many hours we have now spent looking at each cat, discussing its name and its features and deciding which cat we’d like the most. And therein lies how to make children happy- write a great book, well illustrated but provide a lot of choice in one thing (in this case a variety of cats).

The ideal picture book for a cat fan! You can find your own copy here