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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Ladybird, Balloon, Guess

November 16 2014

What the Ladybird Heard is a firm favourite here. Linus has three opportunities to do a series of animal noises, which he loves. It's another Julia Donaldson book, so almost inevitably a rhyming tale. There's a neat little plot and some fun illustrations (along with some glitter) by Lydia Monks. It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for and there really aren't many books where a ladybird is  a hero.

The Magic Balloon is an odd little book. A quick check for this blog has given me some insights  into its oddness. We have a paperback version and there's nothing too magic about the balloon. Apparently it was originally released as a swish hardback book with a light up night light balloon. It's a rhyming story by Graham Oakley and illustrated by Dan Crisp. I think it could do with another edit but it is a fun rolling along rhyming story. I remember buying this in a multiple purchase deal along with a book or two I wanted to buy. The reason I picked this one is because there aren't many picture books that go to different parts of the world and name them. Anyway, we like this, my favourite part is the last couple of pages that has pictures of people waving from a window, Linus often likes to wave back, I don't know where he gets these ideas from!

Guess How Much I Love You  is a latter day classic. In the world of picture books you get to be a classic if you have several licensing deals. So there are Guess How Much I Love You breakfast sets, soft toys, journals and much more. There's also a rather odd (in my opinion) TV series which seems to carry on the same theme ad infinitum. The book by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram is essentially the tale of a grown up proving to his child that no matter what the adult always wins. At least, I think that's it, I may have misinterpreted! There seems to have been an abundance of sequels and spin offs and the author tends not to deviate too far from the original theme. It is a pleasant tale of love between a parent and child.

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