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Was read to me 22nd June '18

Mr Gum and the Power Crystals
Author: Andy Stanton Illustrator: David Tazzyman
Reading this book was a bit of mix of emotions as it is the last of Mr Gum books to read with my son. He has massively enjoyed them all and giggles all the way through. However, I have been informed that we can just read them all again, so my son is not too downhearted about finishing the series!

As with other Mr Gum books, this features familiar characters Polly (the young plucky girl who is the heroine of the stories), Alan Taylor the gingerbread man with electric muscles, Spirit of the Rainbow and of course, Mr Gum himself. In this book we also get to meet Old Granny, in this mysterious tale of the power crystals, their connection to a windmill and Pollys attempts to save her village, Lamonic Bibber. It really is a crazy tale that is full of quirky language, and a plot that defies normal story telling conventions. Definitely a read for those who enjoy funny phrases and unusual plot twists. My son has truly loved all of these tales, and we will now console ourselves with having read them all by picking up some Roald Dahl and David Walliams books and working our way through those. 

Was read to me 30th May '18

Crazy About Cats
Author: Owen Davey
Full of fascinating feline facts, this is a must for any animal lover.  It comprehensively covers all types of cats, from the smallest  (rusty spotted cat) to the largest (tigers), noting where they live, what they eat, how loud they are and all the special features that each has. There is also a section on cat mythology

There are beautiful illustrations throughout the book which really appealed to both my children and myself

We already have 'Mad About Monkeys' from the same series, and this book is just as good, and produced to a high quality.

Was read to me 10th May '18

Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree
Author: Andy Stanton Illustrator: David Tazzyman
Another great galloping Mr Gum story, full of funny phrases, crazy characters and quirky humour. My son can not get enough of these books, and it is brilliant hearing him giggle and laugh out loud at these extremely silly tales.

This book sees the townsfolk of Lamonic Bibber enchanted by a talking cherry tree.  But is it what it seems? One of the characters Polly suspects that everything is not what it seems, and sets off to investigate....

I would definitely recommend this for any children who have a silly sense of humour (is that all children?!) and any who love Roald Dahl (again - that is probably all children!)

Was read to me 13th April '18

The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or the Roly-Poly Pudding
Author: Beatrix Potter Illustrator: Beatrix Potter
One of Beatrix Potters longer tales, this of Mrs Tabitha, a mother cat who rather dreadfully loses one of her kittens and enlists the help of her neighbour Mrs Ribby to find her missing son. unfortunately the lost kitten has wandered off in the house, and finds himself face to face with Samuel Whiskers - a rat!  What will happen to the kitten? Will he escape from Samuel Whiskers?

This is a harder tale to follow for younger children, and the meandering plot means that it does not really hold much attention for older children.  This is one that we have only read a couple of times, and have not been drawn back to re-read. The pictures are still great and there are still some fantastically old-fashioned words to learn and explain the meaning of.

Was read to me 13th April '18

The Tale Of Peter Rabbit
Author: Beatrix Potter
This is the classic Beatrix Potter book that is sure to have another surge in popularity following the recent film. I think that the reason that my children love this story is that it is easy for them as young children to relate to the temptation to do something that you know is wrong, and that you have been told specifically not to do.  There is something thrillingly scary about the consequences of Peter Rabbit eating from Mr McGregor's garden, and the fear that Peter Rabbit will suffer the same consequence as his father.  As a parent, reading this story is also a lovely way to pass down a classic from one generation to the next.