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Dear Bunny by Michaela Morgan
Dear Bunny by Michaela Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars such a clever book, 7 Feb 2007
I usually avoid the lovey dovey end of the children's book market - they don't suit me, and they don't suit my children. But this is the exception. I was drawn to it because we've enjoyed books illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church before - and her pictures are as lovely as we'd expect. But the story, although very simple, is so ingenious. The two lovelorn rabbits (this isn't as icky as it sounds) leave each other notes which are then shredded to become bedding for mice. Eventually the notes are put back together to form a single love letter - it is such a delightful ending! And we've been writing letters and cutting them up and then putting them back together in different orders in our… Read more
Flat Stanley by Scott Nash
Flat Stanley by Scott Nash
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great classic, 5 Feb 2007
I read this as a child, and loved it then. Now, as an adult, when I read it I recognise all the little touches the author included to keep both audiences happy. The humour is quite dry, even dead pan, the turn of phrase restrained, but the resulting story of Stanley, flattened by his fallen bulletin board and forced to approach life in a new way, is one of the funniest children's books I've ever read.

I'm not sure why the publishers have dropped the original Tomi Ungerer illustrations - I thought they were great, and beware the disappointing abridged version which misses out some of the best bits - but this edition of Flat Stanley still deserves top marks.
Flotsam and Jetsam by Tanya Landman
Flotsam and Jetsam by Tanya Landman
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The stories in this book take place on a beach which is inacessible to people - and this idea really appealed to my children. Flotsam and Jetsam are two little characters who live by their wits, using what the sea washes up to help. The stories are gentle and funny - my kids especially loved the one in which the seagull got its comeuppance - and the conversation between the two characters is really fun to read aloud. Great for new readers too, with lovely line drawings. This book was a lovely discovery.