7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Simple, charming, hilarious,
This review is from: Penguin (Paperback)
I bought this on the strength of its nomination for the 2007 Booktrust Early Years Award for Pre-school children (which it subsequent won), however awards have proven to be unreliable indicators of what my own 'critics' will think. In this case though it was spot-on; this book has become an instant hit with both Alice (4) and Louise (nearly 2).
The two words that come to mind are 'simple' and 'straightforward' and these apply to just about every aspect of the book from the plot and the lovely illustrations to the text. The use of language that is readily accessible to young children coupled with plenty of repetition lets them participate to the full, and the author has also deftly woven in some nice opportunities for amateur dramatics by the adult readers - Alice seems to approve of my choice of "The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring" from The Mikado as Ben's 'silly song'.
What I think makes this book special however is the amount of wit and humour that has been packed into this deceptively simple framework. Alice and Louise both now start gurgling with laughter even before we have turned to the first page. What better recommendation could one ask for?