Book review – Perfectly Polite Penguins

By Georgina Deutsch. The penguins in this picture book must be from England and definitely not Madagascar, as they are all very polite! All except Polly who ignores the rules and says what she wants. It’s a nice way to introduce the importance of manners to children and thus avoid the resulting chaos. The illustrations are comical as befits the humour and …

Book review – Clem and Crab

By Fiona Lumbers. Anybody who has been crabbing with their children will like this book. It’s also an appropriate summer read if your soon going to be heading to a British shore with you bucket and line. The story starts on the beach where Clem meets Crab. Crab ends up coming home with Clem after being entangled in some plastic …

Book review – Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book

By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. A slightly different book to the usual Donaldson/Scheffler format. This is great for reading to children as it allows for lots of different character voices to be created. Light hearted and fun, so you can’t really go wrong here. There’s also a great audio recording of this available featuring Imelda Staunton and Steven Pacey …

Book review – Flock

By Gemma Koomen. This is a beautiful book, currently in hardback with a lovely matte finish. It is also the authors first book and she should be rightly proud of her achievement. The story concerns ‘tree keepers’, little folk who live a tree essentially and a young girl who befriends a starling. There are wider themes of friendship and belonging …