It’s children’s book review time again! And this month, I’m doing what I did last month. But with different books, obviously.
I’m reviewing some of the books the kiddlywinks received for Christmas.
Dear Zoo / Rod Campbell
I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet. They sent me a classic children’s book that I can’t believe wasn’t already in our collection.
Hands up if you remember reading Dear Zoo when you were younger? Okay, okay, I get it. Put your hands down.
You just can’t fault this book. It’s simple. It’s fun. Kids love it. Adults love (that they can read) it (really quickly and from memory).
This is Not My Hat / Jon Klassen
You may remember that our family’s favourite books include Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back. This is Not My Hat is Klassen’s follow-up (not a sequel, despite the hat reference), and it’s almost as good. Which means it’s pretty darn good.
A fish takes a hat from another fish. He knows it’s not his. He knows he shouldn’t have taken it. But the hat suits him better. And he’ll never get caught, anyway.
I love I Want My Hat Back, and think This is Not My Hat is almost as good. Ashleigh enjoys I Want My Hat Back, but enjoys This is Not My Hat even more. And it doesn’t feature the word ‘eat’, so if you’re after a Klassen title but are against explaining the food chain to your children, I recommend this one.
Guess How Much I Love You / Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
Guess How Much I Love You is another classic book I’m surprised we didn’t already have. In fact, I’d never read it.
Every now and then, I refuse to embrace the classics. I don’t know why – perhaps I think I can find something better hidden away somewhere. The whole world likes it? Meh. I’ll find something less popular, and then it can be mine. All mine. My preeeecious.
But no. Classics become classics for a reason. This book is beautiful. Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare competing about who loves the other more? Enough precious for everyone.
And the fact some friends of mine recently included this book as a reading at their wedding just cements its place in my heart.
Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose / Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt
Another win. (Well done, Christmas present book buyers!) Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose is a delight to read, and not just because it has chocolate in the title. Animals, rhymes, food – it’s the biggest dinner party you’ve ever seen!
(Not so surprising really – Julia Donaldson also wrote other family favourites Room on the Broom and Monkey Puzzle. And many more!)
What books have you and your children read lately? Any recommendations?
This post is the sixth in a series of children’s book review posts. Check out the others here:
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)