Family funPosted by Max 10 Jul, 2015 08:48AM
I Love You Baby by Giles Andreae and Emma Dodd, published by Orchard Books
This favourite read is one of a series of charming books by the prolific and enormously talented partnership of Giles Andreae and Emma Dodd.
Giles Andreae's sweet rhymes combine a gentle rhythm with an educational benefit, helping young readers learn about numbers and how they relate to themselves and others: "Ten little fingers, ten little toes. Two little ears and one little nose."
Emma Dodd's inviting, lively, full-of-fun illustrations, depicting the arrival of a new baby into a loving family, are drawn with the use of warm, pastel colours and presented with a child's eye view of his new sibling.
It's a book our daughter loves to read aloud with us, completing the couplets as we go along. It was also a book that helped her learn a whole range of new words for her vocabulary, providing as it does a corporal tour "from head to foot".
It's great fun as a general read, and is also an ideal choice for parents looking for a book to help build a toddler's awareness of the arrival of a sibling.
The final line makes it perfect for bedtime too, ending as it does with the words: "One sleepy face on one sweet head, sleep tight, love you, it's time for bed".
With thanks to Emma Dodd for allowing use of the book's cover image with this review.
Family funPosted by Max 06 Jul, 2015 08:53PMMeet the Parents
by Peter Bentley and Sara Ogilvie, published by Simon and Schuster
This is a book for all parents of toddlers, perfectly capturing the complete metamorphosis that occurs on becoming a parent. It's a very fun book to read aloud, with some laugh out load moments alongside expressive illustrations that are full of feeling.
Our toddler loves this book too, relating to the many children portrayed in the book, depicted through a cycle of feelings felt on rotation at this age, including the affection, longings for adventure, urges for home comforts, and occasional moments of sadness and frustration that are part and parcel of being a toddler (and indeed any age for that matter!).
The illustrations are ideally matched to an amusing and musical rhyme, such as: "Parents are sofas for putting your feet up, and dustbins for bits that you don't want to eat up".
Our favourite spread features a dad being used as a ride-along by three little cowboys, and a mum, transforming before our eyes, from a breezy lady-about-town, to a carthorse with shopping, scooter and toddler all in arm ("Dad is a horse, and mum is a donkey").
It has moments of gentle poignancy too, with one picture of an excited boy in bed being presented with a present alongside the phrase "Parents remember", while another shows a red-faced boy, head resting on a parent's knee with the line "They make it all better when something's upset you".
The final page is our toddler's favourite. The last line states "And once they have fixed all your problems and pickles, you'd better watch out because parents love..." - at which point our daughter joins in to shout the final word of the book: "TICKLES!"
Feedback from the author: @PeterBently said "Thanks for the lovely review!"