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Was read to me 14th March '19

The First Hippo on the Moon
Author: David Walliams
Fun illustrations and my daughter enjoyed the story, but I was a little disappointed by the ending, I'm unsure as to why they needed to make the hippo wake up by having a giant fart, there seemed no reason behind it other than 'kids think farts are funny' and it seemed rather out of place in the book. Of course kids are going to enjoy a bit of toilet humour, but I don't think this book needed it as it was already an good story. 

Was read to me 13th March '19

Author: Jeannie Baker Illustrator: Jeannie Baker
This was a really interesting book, with no words we spent a long time talking about the pictures. The book starts with a window view of wild countryside, and as the child grows we see changes through the window. My daughter loved this 'big spot the difference' game and it led to some interesting conversation about cities and what humans do to the world. 

Was read to me 13th March '19

The Brave Beast
Author: Chris Judge
From the cover we thought this might be a slightly scary story with the beast as the scary one, but he's the hero! He overcomes his fears of the strange noise and rushes to the rescue. We enjoyed the story, especially making the howly noises! 

Was read to me 12th March '19

The Scarecrows' Wedding
Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Super illustrations in this slightly longer than usual Julia Donaldson book. We were routing for Harry O'Hay near the end, and were glad to see the newcomer scarecrow leave! My daughter spent a lot of time looking at the detail in all the pictures and really enjoyed it. 

Was read to me 12th March '19

Mrs Wobble the Waitress
Author: Allan Ahlberg
This book was a favourite of mine when I was little so I really enjoyed sharing with with my daughter who found it hilarious too! Mrs Wobbles terrible waitressing skills had her laughing out loud and she loved the ending and how the children helped to come up with the solution.