Book review – Tad

By Benji Davies. Tad starts off funnily enough, as a tadpole. The smallest tadpole among her brothers and sisters. But there’s a big fish lurking around who likes eating tadpoles. What will be Tad’s fate? An interesting tale of survival and clever thinking. It is a little ominous in tone and could scare more sensitive children, so have a read of …

Book review – Beyond the Fence

By Maria Gulemetova. Gosh, there’s some deep themes explored this picture book and it even reminded me of Raymond Briggs, as not all is rosy in the story. The main character (a subserviant pig) and the boy who tells him what to do and what he likes, are reflective of children every day. Therefore the book sets out the importance …

Book review – Goodnight Starry

By D’Arcy Lewis. This is a wonderful journey around our solar system and as the title may suggest, works really well as a bedtime read.  As the sun sets and gives way to the moon, we are taken on a little trip to say ‘goodnight’ to all the planets (including Pluto!). The lyrical and rhyming text is easy to read …

Book review – The Storm Whale

By Benji Davies. A poignant picture book about a lonely boy who helps a whale washed up on the beach and tries to hide him in the bath. It’s a nice reminder for parents who work long hours (who doesn’t) about the impact of that on their child. The text is minimal and you can read through it quite quickly. …

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 …