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clare-barnsley

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Wrote a Review 2nd September '15

Book pages The Tiger Who Came to Tea
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Read to a child aged 2
This classic book was originally published in 1968 and it still retains its charm after all these years. Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to enjoy their tea when a tiger rings the door bell and invites himself in for tea. He eats all the food and drinks all the drink (even all the water in the tap) then leaves. Sophie and her mummy are then left without any supper and an incredible tale to tell daddy when he returns from a hard day at work. The illustrations are delightful and the story has a quiet old school charm from a time when the world appeared to be a simpler place. It does still have relevance to today's modern world and after reading this book if there was an unexpected visitor or knock on the door my almost 3 year old would get excited and exclaim it might be a tiger! unfortunately, so far she has been disappointed :) This book is a classic for a reason and will be around entertaining our lovely children for many more years to come.

Wrote a Review 2nd September '15

Book pages The Great Fairy Tale Disaster
The Great Fairy Tale Disaster
Read to a child aged 2
This book starts with little miss muffet who was bored with being in the same rhyme and had had enough of that silly old spider, so she sets off through the pages of the nursery rhyme book to find a new rhyme to be in. She tries a variety of classic rhymes but finds something wrong with them all (grand old duke- too much marching, jack and Jill too painful) until she comes across hey diddle diddle where she enjoys taking the part of the dish. The dish however strongly objects to his replacement and a terrible rumpus breaks out across the pages until miss muffet returns to the safety of her own rhyme where she is reminded why she left in the first place! This book is a charming humorous take on the traditional nursery rhyme collection that both myself and my daughter enjoyed reading again and again. The illustrations are fun and engaging and we would certainly recommend to children of all ages. My ten year old niece also enjoyed reading this to my daughter and I found them laughing together throughout.

Wrote a Review 30th March '15

Book pages Those Pesky Rabbits
Those Pesky Rabbits
Read to a child aged 2
This is the story of bear, a somewhat grumpy hermit bear who is somewhat irritated by those pesky rabbits, who build their house right next to his!! It is a heart warming tale of how a bit of kindness and consideration can warm up even the grumpiest of hearts. The illustrations are warm and lovely and illustrate perfectly the increasing annoyance of the bear and the changing expressions of the rabbits, which was a wonderful talking point about emotions with my almost three year old. It also shows a somewhat secret subplot that my daughter delights to point out to me every time (Bear doesn't really live alone, watch out for the cheeky mouse!) I loved many elements of this book, from the cross stitch hanging that changes at the end, to the letter that the rabbits sends to bear, to the numbers unwelcome signs that made me laugh. My daughter delights in showing me the small details, such as the bees on the cup and pointing out the 'cheeky mouse'. I found myself looking for other books by Ciara Flood after reading this and was astounded to find that this is her first, of, I'm sure, many. Whilst searching I stumbled across her website which features activities related to the book and is well worth a visit.

Wrote a Review 30th March '15

Book pages The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems
The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems
Read to a child aged 2
I admit I was somewhat dubious when my almost 3 year old pulled this from the library shelf. I did not think that a book of poetry would hold the interest of either myself or my little girl for very long. But how wrong was I? Each poem is like a little story which we can dip in and out of, and features a variety of different topics under several different themes. The wide scope meant that my daughter engaged with some poems that I wouldn't have thought she would have been interested in and so has widen our scope when looking for new stories to read. It uses humour and fun illustrations to engage and delight, featuring a mix of funny, traditional and modern poems. My daughters current favorite rhyme (which she finds hysterical and sings for everyone, even the postman) comes from this book Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Eating black bananas Where do you think he put the skins? Down the king's pyjamas.

Wrote a Review 30th March '15

Book pages Spider Sandwiches
Spider Sandwiches
Read to children aged 2 , 10 & 11
This is the story of Max, a cute monster, with a very un-cute appetite!! Max eats such disgusting things that it is bound to delight readers of all ages, especially dads and grandads. It is also a lovely book for my older nieces to read aloud, they really enjoyed emphasizing the gruesomeness that is wonderfully described throughout, and it is written in such a manner that the words flow wonderfully, making it a pleasure to read (for the first few thousand times anyway!) The illustrations are were this book comes into its own. You can only imagine the delight that my almost three year old finds when pointing out such culinary delights such as a burger with bats wings poking out and rice with added lice. After eating a array of gruesome delights,such as snail trail sauce, spiky space ants, toenail scrambled eggs etc the last dish is too disgusting even for our monster friend and leaves a max shaped hole in the door........GREEN SPROUT SOUP!!!!