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Was read to me 3rd February '19

The Day The Crayons Came Home
Author: Drew Daywalt Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
This brilliant follow up to "The Day the Crayons Quit" follows the same format as the original whereby hacked-off crayons write letters of complaint in to their owner.

Was read to me 3rd February '19

The Day The Crayons Quit
Author: Drew Daywalt Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
This hilarious and creative books tells the story of Duncan's crayons and their revolt against him. Each colour crayon has a complain against the way they have been used by him and write a letter to outline their grievances.
The illustrations are bright and quirky; they complement the story wonderfully and suit the overall tone of the book.
A fair bit of the humour is lost of my 3-year old; my 4-year old understands far more of it and finds it much funnier but I suspect this will only get more so over time. It's probably best suited to ages 4+. I personally found it really amusing!
The ending is great and wraps the story up beautifully. It's a lovely surprise to enjoy but suffice to say that Duncan addresses everyone's issues.
The story itself is charming; it brings up a lot of material to talk about from fairness; equality; airing complaints; how we treat our belongings … there is a lot there to work with from lots of different angles.

Was read to me 3rd February '19

Hide-and-Seek Dragons
Author: Fiona Watt
This interactive and touchy-feely book is a regular choice of my son. The fact it requires a high level of interaction which keeps him motivated. The story centres around dragons; each double-page spread has a bright illustration in the illustrator's signature style and some brief, descriptive text to set the scene and inform the reader what they need to find within the illustration.
After we'd read it a few times he became familiar with what he needed to look for on each page so now it's a great way for him to keep himself occupied on the nights where he's still awake after his bedtime stories as it's something he can undertake independently.

Was read to me 3rd February '19

Hairy Maclary's Rumpus At The Vet
Author: Lynley Dodd
My children are huge fans of the Hairy MaClary story and this tale of his chaos-ridden trip to the vets is one of their favourites. The story is straight-forward and easy to follow; it begins in the vets waiting room and the drama that ensues is a snowball effect started off by a mischievous bird...!
The story is told in rhymes so it's a pure joy to read out loud; there's lots of room for being extra expressive due to the content of the tale so it's a really fun one to share - I find it's a great one to entice them when they're feeling lively! The story itself is very funny and has the pair of them giggling like mad throughout. The ending is fab and leaves both kids laughing with their imagination whirring at full speed.
The language and vocabulary are more appropriate for older pre-schoolers but that said I've read these to my kids since being very young toddlers and they have always enjoyed them. I have noticed that the older they get the more they understand the humour and find value in it but I wouldn't be put off reading them to the very young, thanks to accompanying pictures. Not to mention the variety in the vocabulary makes it a great way of exposing them to less common words (like Rumpus for a start!)
The illustrations are gorgeous; they're very charming and lovely to examine. They are evocative and depict the feeling of the story very well. They complement the text and allow even very young children or those with limited receptive language to get the gist of what's going on. Both children like to pour over them and take a lot of pleasure in talking round them amongst themselves - especially to guess or relive what comes next.
The Hairy Maclary series is great; we visit it frequently and Hairy MaClary himself has even become the star of some of their games, inspired by what they have heard in his stories! We highly recommend this riotous romp; it's great fun and abundant with havoc! A must for any child.

Was read to me 2nd February '19

When Sadness Comes to Call
Author: Eva Eland
Repeated review due to a glitch on my phone!