(My little boy is one! FREAK OUT! And… relax.)
How to Catch a Star / Oliver Jeffers
The book that started it all. Given that Oliver Jeffers’ Stuck made it onto our family’s favourite books list, it’s not surprising that we love his first title How to Catch a Star, first published ten years ago.
A boy loves stars very much, and wants one for his own. Gorgeousness ensues. Of course it does; I’m yet to see a Jeffers title that I don’t love. Highly recommended.
The Little Fox who Lost his Tail / Jedda Robaard
The Little Fox who Lost his Tail is a lift the flap book that is just right for one-year-old Mitchell and his love of interactive books. Fox looks everywhere for his tail, and even tries to make a new one. He’s then surprised when he discovers where it’s been all along.
A cute book that won’t blow your mind, but that younger kids will enjoy. After reading this, be prepared to search your entire house for things that can become tails.
I Love to Sing and I Love to Dance / Anna Walker
Ollie is one popular zebra. I’m surprised we don’t have more of him in our library – I Love to Sing and I Love to Dance are just the second and third Ollie books we’ve acquired.
I have to admit I’m not blown away by Ollie books. And Mitchell can take or leave them. But Ashleigh loves the stripy zebra and beautiful illustrations. And I like that Walker doesn’t always go for the obvious rhyme, and that her words really do evoke the joys of dancing and singing. Ollie is quite the dancer!
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy / Lynley Dodd
I feel silly including this book. Why bother reviewing Hairy Maclary? Who hasn’t heard of the shaggy little dog from Donaldson’s Dairy who meets with his canine friends for adventures?
Not so surprisingly, we already have this book. Two copies, in fact. And many more besides – Ashleigh loves reading about Hairy Maclary and his friends, and hissing at Scarface Claw. But the lovely friend who bought this for Mitchell included an exchange voucher. So we’re off to investigate Hairy’s latest adventure. Or perhaps to see what his friends Schnitzel von Krumm and Slinky Malinki are up to.
(I love the rhyming names. Instead of getting a pet dog one day, I’m going to get a pet pig and name it Porker Hawker.)
What books have you and your children read lately?
And do you have a favourite Hairy Maclary character? What rhyming name would you give your family pet?
This post is the eighth in a series of children’s book review posts. Check out the others here:
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)