Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews


Aged 6
Joined December 2017

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Was read to me 20th January '19

Rabbits Don't Lay Eggs!
Author: Paula Metcalf Illustrator: Cally Johnson-Isaacs
Rabbits don't lay eggs so what other job can they do on the farm. The animals set off to find out, with very funny results.

This was an unexpectedly hilarious book which my children absolutely love  It involves some poo humour which never fails to be funny apparently.  I have to say even us parents found this book quite amusing 

Bright  bold  and very entertaining  We love it.

Was read to me 20th January '19

Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble
Author: Tracey Corderoy Illustrator: Joe Berger
There's something kind of different about granny.... Bat's, gloopy soup and things that disappear... 

This book is a lovely portrayal of the idea that everyone is different and you should accept them exactly as they are.... Even if they have cats, dogs and batty bat's as pets! 

Easy to read rhyming text and fun illustrations with lots to look at. My girl loved this at 4 and still loves it at 6, we've great it many times.

Was read to me 20th January '19

We're Going on an Elf Chase
Author: Martha Mumford Illustrator: Laura Hughes
A fun festive take on the 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' book. Follow the bunnies through the snow, looking for elves wherever they go, with a fast and furious race back home for a lovely big surprise.

This really engaged our playgroup, with the children eager to lift a flap each  There was plenty of flaps for everyone to have a go with lots to find and encouraged counting along the way. It also kept my 2 and 6 year old entertained as a bedtime Christmas story book  with both of them keen to find the flaps in each page. I loved the beautiful illustrations throughout.

Just to note the flaps are stuck onto the top of the pages rather than incorporated so might not stand up to small fingers long if unsupervised. 

Was read to me 18th December '18

The Daredevil's Guide to Dangerous Places
Authors: Lonely Planet , Anna Brett Illustrator: Mike Jacobsen
This is a good book to introduce children into geography of the world and the places chosen, all dangerous and exciting places, are really intriguing. There were some places even I didn't know about. It'd say this book is a good start at sparking children's interest in the world. 

However it just seems all a bit lacking. The cartoon characters I can see makes it engaging for younger children 5-7 but they take up most of the room on the page. So much more could have been on there about each place instead. The facts are written for older children that already know quite a bit, there wasn't enough explication behind the facts for younger children and equally not enough detail for older ones. 

We will use it as a nice little interest book but if you want to know about the places it will take much more finding out elsewhere  

Was read to me 6th December '18

Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing
Author: Hiawyn Oram Illustrator: Birgitta Sif
Gosh this really was an evocative children's book. It was beautiful to look at and gorgeously portrays a childs imagination.

The messages of caring for the planet, that money isn't everything and standing up for what you believe in, are really strong as an adult reading the book. I'm not sure my 6 year old understood those messages as clearly but it's a beautiful way to start introducing children to such concepts.