6th October '16
After winning this book on Toppsta on my son's 4th Birthday, we were really excited to receive it through the post. We were not disappointed. We read the book together immediately (we were due to go out, but my son insisted we read it first, and as the text is fairly short, I agreed).
The book is a very simple text about a raven called Oskar and all of the things he loves about the world. I would say that it is possibly aimed at children slightly younger than my son (maybe more towards the 2-3 year age bracket), as it is quite short and simple, but my son was still able to enjoy reading it with me, and laughed when Oskar said he loved taking his little fluffy cloud for a walk. It was nice that the book ended with a question (What do you love?) as it was a way of opening up conversation between my son and I, and made the book more interactive, though possibly not a book to read at bedtime because of this .
The illustrations were simple, bright and colourful, and were in a similar style to those found in The Very Hungry Caterpillar (looking like they had been constructed from paper shapes in a crafting style). This could also open up an opportunity for my son to replicate the illustrations if he wished by using cutting and sticking or even paints. They were also big and bold, so would be good for children with any visual difficulties.
From a teaching point of view, the book is also a great way of demonstrating the use of adjectives (this could easily be used in schools), as each item that Oskar loves has been described either by colour or in a way that uses another of the senses. I did have to explain what losing yourself in a book meant to my son, as this is rather an abstract concept for young children, but I think he understood what I meant.
Overall, we really enjoyed this book, and the fact that it is a hardback book, should also hopefully mean that this continues to be a popular book in this household for quite some time.