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The Book of Bedtime Stories: Ten Prize-winning Stories from Mumsnet and Gransnet Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013
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An ideal present * Book Time * Beautifully produced, this could be a collector's item. -- Nick Tucker * The Independent * The Great Christmas `not-to-be-missed' List * Grazia * A diverse mix of great stories put together in a beautiful, timeless book. * Mumsnet Picture Books 2013 * A gorgeous and glossy hardback book . . . the stories are all unique and provide a full spectrum of interest . . . through this book is a glamorous mixture of humour, innocent and sometimes moralist coupled with indelible images. . .exceptional * The School Librarian *
A beautifully illustrated treasury of stories to share at bedtime, written by members of Mumsnet and Gransnet and chosen by former Children's Laureate, Michael RosenSee all Product description
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It is not a book to be housed in the playbox with picture stories and paper-back favourites, but to be allocated a special space on a high shelf, ready to be brought down specially for an adult to read at bedtime. I hope it will not be produced in paper back because it will then be less likely to serve this function.
I enjoyed opening this book, the feel of the good quality paper, the variety of illustrations. I imagine the child wanting to be the one to turn the next page, but carefully.
These ten stories were those chosen by Michael Rosen from the twenty on the short-list in a competition that had more than four hundred entries. Each one is written by an unpublished author; each one is illustrated by a new young artist. Therefore, the book represents twenty talents fresh to the children's book market.
Toddlers approaching two years and youngsters not too far from independent reading are all catered for in this volume.
The opening story opens appropriately on a story about reluctance to go to bed. It is suitable for tinies and may become a calming favourite as they become pre-schoolers. The cuddly baby illustrations are similar to those of Shirley Hughes.
The next story features a cow who sneakily finds a way to jump over the moon. Although the solution is not original, the telling is just right for the four-year-old, while the distinctive style of the illustrations will attract all ages. I'm sure this illustrator will go far.
We then have an amusing cowboy story that will satisfy the five to seven year old. It is unusual and well written.
By contrast, the next story aimed at this older group is lyrical and dreamy. I loved the writing about Celeste and her care of stars, as well as the painterly illustrations.
The final story is also lyrical and original. It has that thought-provoking, mysterious quality that will bring a small listener back again.
I think many a child who has lost or mislaid a favourite toy will want `the jaguar story' over and again. As they get older they may wonder if Mum has a slightly guilty secret over his loss.
There will be numerous relatives and friends of young parents who will be delighted to find a Christmas present that is of high quality and of lasting value. I am sure the lucky children who receive this will thoroughly enjoy their bedtime stories over a period of years. It is the sort of book which, when adult, the grown-up child will want to safeguard ready to read to their own small ones.
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