Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews


Aged 6
Joined June 2016

Favourite book EVER is The Gruffalo
BlastyMK, 10 21 books
Foofie12, 6 17 books
My Timeline Follow

Was read to me 18th April '18

A Big Garden
Author: Gilles Clement Illustrator: Vincent Grave
What can I say about this beautiful, wonderful book? It is absolutely delightful in every way.
Oversized with gorgeous illustrations like art that will have your children noticing things and pointing stuff out until you can take no more, this is part art, part book and something worth treasuring forever. It'd make a fantastic, special gift.

Each page represents a month in the world of the garden and the gardener, and rather than 'dumbing down', it is packed with real facts about growing plants and flowers.

Everything about the book is a feast for the eyes - from the font to the detailed illustrations.

Really lovely to keep and read, and to inspire discussion about the natural world. We're loving it at the moment as it ties in with our youngest son's term topic on the 'Global Garden'.

Was read to me 22nd March '18

Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper
Author: Lynley Dodd
We've reading this as a bedtime story a couple of times this week.
Like all the Hairy Maclary books, it's great with short, funny rhymes and great illustrations.

I do the dogs barking in silly voices and a 'howling' sound for the cat and after a while, my 6 year old joined in with these. Then after reading together the night before, he picked up the book spontaneously at breakfast one morning and started reading it aloud to us all, complete with voices. He's still learning to read so that was really lovely to see.

Was read to me 21st August '17

Angus Rides The Goods Train
Author: Alan Durant Illustrator: Chris Riddell
A thought-provoking read. We liked it and have borrowed it from our library a few times but...
it is no cute-sy bedtime story but perhaps more a morality tale for our time about the distribution of wealth and how perhaps our kids may grow up to help.

The 'goods train' is basically a synonym for all the 'plenty' that is available to some, and as it travels on it's journey through Angus's dream to serve the rich, over-fed 'important' people at the end of it's journey, it passes many characters in desperate need of food, water etc. But it doesn't stop to help them. They are not 'important' people.
Seeing the unfairness in this, Angus hijacks the goods train and returns to help them.
When he awakes from this dream (slightly nightmarish really, and very young children may find it a bit scary and confusing), he sees images of those in need on the news on his own television. He decides at that point, that when he grows up, he will drive the goods train, and presumably change the way the goods are distributed.

Super illustrations by Chris Riddell, though graphic and as I mention above, may unnerve younger kids.

I don't think it hurts to get kids to think from time to time and this book does just that. It may well provoke conversation about famine and why some people have less than we do... never a bad thing.

Was read to me 21st August '17

Don't Call Me Choochie Pooh!
Author: Sean Taylor Illustrator: Kate Hindley
Absolutely hilarious!

I read this to our 5 year old, giving the main dog character (who narrates the book) a slightly gruff, french-toned accent with tons of expression and he laughed and laughed. We ended up reading it every night for several nights running - sometimes twice.

A sweet, short, easy-to-read, funny book with great illustrations. Your kids will love it  :D

Was read to me 12th July '17

My My Magnificent Jelly Bean Tree
Author: Maura Finn Illustrator: Aura Parker
Lovely book.

Gorgeous illustrations and a wonderful rhyming text with a sweet story.

A really nice new addition to any home library.