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Monday, 5 January 2015

A Great Big Grey-Blue Humpback Whale

January 5 2015

It's safe to say we're a Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler loving family. The length of the stories and the stories themselves are ideal and seem to be peerless. There are very few comparable authors and the illustrations are wonderfully unique. Linus had spent the morning at a playgroup, impressing with his knowledge of animals, the humpback whale being a speciality. In fact, courtesy of the animal atlas we have, he has an impressive repertoire of obscure animals.

The great big grey-blue humpback whale is the co-star of The Snail and the Whale, if you can't guess, the snail is the other half of the duo. I have noticed Linus seemingly drifting a bit at story time over the last week or two, tiredness is often an issue, as well as other excitements. So I've been making an effort to engage more. Scheffler's pictures are so full of detail that there is always something we can look for. Getting the balance between finding things and keeping the story going is a tricky one, especially when there's an over familiarity with it.

Maisy Goes Camping features Lucy Cousins ever popular Maisy character. It's a simple tale of Maisy and her friends going camping. The plot centres on getting 5 friends in a tent, when one of the friends is an elephant, things prove a little tricky. There's a little segment in the story where 4 of the characters "pop" out of the tent. Linus was highly amused by my pop sounds, not as amused as by my plop sounds the previous evening (vocally of course!).

Nancy Tillman's On the Night You Were Born is a lovely bed time book. It's exactly how the title goes and how most parents would want their child to think of themselves. "Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn on the wonderful, marvellous night you were born". The illustrations are delightful and much more artistic than most picture books. The poetic verse is really pleasant too. This isn't just a book made to sell as a new parent gift, it is lovingly written and artistically illustrated.

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