It’s children’s book review time! And this month, instead of heading off to the library, I’m raiding the new stash of books that Ashleigh and Mitchell received for Christmas.
I’d review them all, but the post would be longer than my family favourites post! So here are the first four I grabbed.
And, of course, what we all thought of them.
The Worst Princess / Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie
The Worst Princess is a lovely book. Princess Sue is waiting for her knight in shining armour to rescue her, but soon discovers that life as a rescued princess is not to her liking. Reminiscent of Shrek’s Princess Fiona (but without the evening ogre metamorphosis), she takes matters into her own hands.
The rhymes are clever, although rhyme pedants will find the not-quite-rhymes jarring (rules/school, spied/eyes, rascal/castle). But I’d usually fit the rhyme pedant category, and still give this book a big fat tick. As does Ashleigh, who has already decided she’d rather like to have a dragon for a friend.
Monkey Puzzle / Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
What a divine book. Monkey Puzzle is clever from go to whoa – the rhymes, the animals of the jungle, and the funny little lesson about different species and assumptions. Monkey has lost his mum, and enlists the help of a butterfly to find her. But monkey’s descriptions lead butterfly to a lot of other animals first!
Being a Donaldson/Scheffler book, I’m not surprised we love it, but I am surprised that we may have found one to knock Room on the Broom from the top spot!
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site / Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
Much as I love the plethora of bedtime tales about creatures big and small tucking their little’uns into bed, they do get a bit same-same after a while.
Enter Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. It’s a great book if you’re looking for a bedtime-oriented story without a rabbit, bear or puppy dog in site. (See what I did there?) And construction manager hubby assures me that all vehicles are correctly labelled. My favourite? The crane truck clinching his teddy tightly as he drifts off to sleep. Nawwww.
The Owl and the Pussycat (and other nonsense) / Edward Lear and Robert Ingpen
The Owl and The Pussycat was a favourite tale of mine growing up, so naturally Santa couldn’t resist slipping it into Ashleigh’s stocking. I don’t think he did this on purpose, but Santa very cleverly managed to order a book that includes other tales and rhymes too! Well done Santa.
From the classic Calico Pie to new-to-me The Jumblies and Bong-tree Land, the writing is (unsurprisingly) perfect and the illustrations beautiful.
Edward Lear, I love your work. Thank you for another instant favourite to sit beside our favourite A.A. Milne collection.
What books did your children receive for Christmas? Any standout titles?
This is the fifth in a series of children’s book review posts. Check out the others here:
Children’s book review (December)
Children’s book review – family favourites (November)
Children’s book review (October)
Once upon a book review (September)