This set of stories about the life and times of a boy and his toy highland cow are really rather splendid. Rather than just relying on story lines that would not occur in most households Angus (the cow!) is woven into the everyday life of Jamie's family. There are weddings, illness, a less than grown up uncle and disasters with the washing machine. What makes these stories seem so authentic is the dialogue. When Jamie's father says "how did you end up here Angus?" I can hear myself talking to the bears, fish and hippos that share our house! These are stories that are both believable and beautifully told.
These tales are drawn from real life, are exactly the right length for a bed time story and lack the overt commercialism that dominates so many children's books. They will delight most younger children who are starting to ejoy "chapter books". Highly Recommended.