It’s back! Last month’s impromptu book review post was well received, so here it is again.
We’ve been back to the library, and now have four more titles to tell you about.
Andrew Drew and Drew / Barney Saltzberg
This book is so clever! Andrew Drew and Drew is the tale of Andrew and his pencil (not of three boys named Andrew, Drew and Drew as I thought at first glance!). Andrew likes to draw, and this book, with its flaps and gatefolds, allows you to see those drawings unfold. And each new picture is more clever than the last.
Such a great idea, and the result is a book we’ll definitely be borrowing again.
One Sheep, Two Sheep / Patricia Byers and Tamsin Ainslie
I’m a sucker for a collective noun. Flocks of sheep, knots of frogs, schools of fish – One Sheep, Two Sheep teaches collective nouns and plural forms without feeling at all like it’s teaching you anything. It’s cute, with illustrations of kids playing with dress-ups and toys to remind you there’s more than one way to dress like an animal when you use your imagination!
(And if you’re also a sucker for a collective noun, check out Adam Oehler’s A Babble of Words, one of our family favourites.)
OMG! That’s not my child… / (not an Usborne book)
This. Is. Hilarious. A parody of the Usborne ‘That’s not my…‘ books, this says what we’re all actually thinking. That’s not my child… he’s sharing! Eating my cooking! Packing up! And the end is even funnier. If the idea of Go the F*** to Sleep makes you laugh, but the swearing puts you off, try this one first.
I repeat, hilarious. I’ll be giving this to fellow parents as gifts. (But I’ll be choosing the recipients wisely so as not to offend!)
Each Peach Pear Plum / Janet and Allen Ahlberg
An oldie. Always on recommended reading lists. A husband and wife team that nailed it with The Jolly Postman. And yet I’d never read this.
Ashleigh and I enjoyed Each Peach Pear Plum. There are other books we enjoy more, but I can see why this book has achieved cult status. It’s adorable, it brings together many much-loved nursery rhyme characters, and it’s deceptively simple. One of those books that makes me think ‘I could have written that’ even though, of course, I really couldn’t have.
What have you recently discovered at the library? Any suggestions for review next time?
This is the second in a new series of children’s book review posts. Check out the others here:
Once upon a book review (September)