Books My Toddler Loves

Books My Toddler Loves

Please Mr Panda

Sharing and caringPosted by Max 07 Jul, 2015 08:57PM

Please Mr Panda by Steve Antony, published by Hodder Children's Books

In recent weeks, one of our toddler's favourite phrases has been: "That's good manners!"

She takes great delight in saying "good manners" as a follow up to her uses of "yes please", "no thank you" and "it's nice to share".

However, she says it with particular gusto halfway through Please Mr Panda. It is the page where, after Mr Panda has shunned an array of rude doughnut-demanders who neglect to say the 'magic word', a polite lemur who says "may I" and "please" (very good manners) is given the whole tray.

It takes a little while to get to this part of the book, as she likes to first try to pick the doughnuts from the page, 'eating' them one by one, and describing how delicious they are. "I want a doughnut when I grow up like that big bear" she said tonight.

Steve Antony's illustrations are bold, beautiful and funny. The doughnuts are a colourful feast for the eyes, in a clever contrast to the black and white of the characters that the panda encounters. As the story unfolds, the animals (and their levels of rudeness) increase in size, from a penguin to skunk to ostrich to whale), before concluding with the polite, well-mannered (and very full) lemur.

With thanks to Steve Antony for allowing the use of his cover image with this review.

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Norris The Bear Who Shared

Sharing and caringPosted by Max 23 Jun, 2015 03:34PM

Norris The Bear Who Shared
by Catherine Rayner, published by Orchard Books.

It's a rare evening when one of the two bedtime stories we read to our daughter is not one of Catherine Rayner's wonderful creations (as well as Norris, Augustus and his Smile, Abigail and Solomon Crocodile are also favourites).

Her illustrations are always stunning - in our view she's the most talented illustrator of wildlife in the picturebook business - and the message that underlines her stories is one of adventure, fun and the value of persistence.

It was during a trip to our local library that we first discovered Norris, Violet and Tulip's longing for the enigmatic Ploringe fruit, and their varied approaches to getting hold of it. Having borrowed the book it was enjoyed for many weeks, and was renewed many more times than is usual (five I think).

For the last month, instead of a traditional lullaby of 'Twinkle twinkle', we're now asked by our daughter to "sing I see a Ploringe please', a song of several lines.

Norris' patient wait for his prized treat, the wisdom he exhibits, and the benefit of his decision to share it with his new companions is simply and perfectly told.

With many thanks to Catherine Rayner for allowing use of her beautiful cover with this review.

Author feedback

@catherinerayner said: @Books4MyToddler @orchardbooks thank you for the loveliest review. I'd love 2 hear the #plorringe song!! V v happy you like my creatures :-)

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