This month, Ashleigh, Mitchell and I again raided the local library for some new (to us) reads. Here are our thoughts.
Not a Cloud in the Sky / Emma Quay
Emma Quay's Rudie Nudie made it into our favourite family books list last year, so it's perhaps not surprising that we also love Not a Cloud in the Sky.
Bird is flying, and meets Cloud. But Cloud isn't a cloud today. Cloud is a... well, pretty much anything. Quay's wispy cloud illustrations of a dancing pig, a boiling kettle and a bunch of bananas riding a motorbike, to name but a few, are beautiful. And there's a fiery surprise at the end when the setting sun joins in.
The chitter-chatter between Bird and Cloud is lovely as well. This book's a winner all round.
Two Baby Elephants / Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
I love a silly rhyming book! Two Baby Elephants is an absolute delight. When mum is away, elephants come over to play. They break things, make a mess, and sleep in mum's bed. But will they still be there when she gets home?
This book is reminiscent of The Cat in the Hat, with something of a surprise ending.
Everybody Was a Baby Once / Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman
I've mentioned The Jolly Postman and Peepo! before; this is a collection of poems from the same author. We all love Everybody Was a Baby Once. Ashleigh loves rhymes of any description, and the different rhythms of the poems in this book fascinate her.
It's a good one to sit and read all the way through. And, when the whole pre-bedtime ritual is dragging on a little too long, it's also a good one to select just a few poems from. My favourite is When I Was Just a Little Child, which begins like this:
When I was just a little child
The world seemed wide to me.
My Mum was like a feather bed
My bath was like the sea.
Little Miss Lucky / Roger Hargreaves
So... I don't like Little Miss and Mister Men books. Scandalous, I know. They just annoy me.
But Ashleigh LOVES them. And when she picked up Little Miss Lucky at the library, and turned her big brown pleading eyes at me, I couldn't say no
This book commits one of my usually unforgivable book crimes. But it's for children. And it doesn't commit any grammatical book crimes. It doesn't even commit any consistency book crimes (unlike Little Miss Magic, another favourite of Ashleigh's). And my daughter loves it. So, on balance, it gets a begrudging okay.
What books have you read with your children lately?
This post is the eleventh in a series of children's book review posts. Check out the others here:
Children's book review - reader recommendations (June)
Children's book review (May)
Children's book review (April)
Children's book review (March)
Children's book review (February)
Children's book review (January)
Children's book review (December)
Children's book review - family favourites (November)
Children's book review (October)
Once upon a book review (September)