Book Review: Supertato Run, Veggies, Run! By Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Every pre-schoolers favourite super hero Supertato returns with another adventure. This time its Sports Day in the supermarket and all the veggies are in training. However, there is a new competitor on the block determined to win all the prizes.

My five year old LOVES Supertato and he was thrilled to read this new story featuring The Evil Pea. Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet’s books are always laugh out loud for both adults and kids and this one is no exception. It really made us all laugh and was just a joy to read at bedtime with its bright illustrations.

If there isn’t already a category of ‘feel good books for kids’ out there, then one should be created for Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet’s books. I always turn to No-Bot or Supertato if one of the kids has had a hard day and they never fail to lift the mood in the house.

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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 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: A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins

Lucy Cousins the creator of Maisy (our favourite mouse) has produced the most delightful book about birds i’ve seen in a long time for pre-schoolers and KS1 children. Packed full of her distinctive illustrations this is a bouncy read- aloud book which is sure to capture the imagination of your little ones.

We’ve used this book in a number of ways- as inspiration for drawings of birds, as a choosing book (whats your favourite bird? Why?) and as a great example of rhyming text and how to write it. If you’re hoping to inspire a budding birdwatcher or simply trying to encourage your little one to look at the diversity of the plants and animals in the world around them then this really is a great start. The illustrations are really the thing which makes this book and anyone who likes Lucy Cousins’s work will be thrilled with this as it really is a tour de-force.

This is the perfect book if you’re looking for a Christening or New Baby gift as you literally cant go wrong with it. Its a really accessible, interactive read which as an adult I enjoyed reading and looking at as much as the children did. A lovely addition to the bookshelf.

If you’d like to find out more have a look at the book on the Walker Books website.

 

Book Review: The Night The Stars Went Out by Suz Hughes

the night the stars went outThis is  a book about an Alien who is the star controller for the entire galaxy. This was all fine until one night the stars literally went out. The alien is forced to call the star helpline is unable to help directly and sends the little alien to Earth where he makes a new friend.

A brilliant read, this book is about friendship and problem solving. It has some subtle jokes in there to keep parents interested which is something I always enjoy when reading to the children. The children really enjoyed this story and there was a lot of discussion around the images and the problems to be solved. I thought it was a good picture book in that it was suitable for them all and all of my kids enjoyed it  from the four year old to the nine year old, this doesn’t happen very often nowadays.

The story is sweet, the illustrations are thoughtful which really does make a difference. For me bedtime can be challenging trying to meet everyones needs from age 4 through to 9 and a mixture of boys and girls, this book just worked though. Its a handy read when your child is struggling with friendship issues and so makes a valuable contribution to your bookshelf.

You’ll be able to get hold of a copy in October when Curious Fox release it, pre-order it from Amazon here.