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Peace At Last Paperback – Illustrated, 6 Jul 2007
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The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired. But he could not sleep however he tried and wherever he tried. SNORE, SNORE went Mrs Bear. TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK went the clock. Would he never get to sleep? The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make this delightful picture book an all-time favourite with children and adults everywhere.
The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired. But he could not sleep - however he tried and wherever he tried, SNORE, SNORE went Mrs Bear. TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK went the clock. Would he never get to sleep? The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make this delightful picture book an all-time favourite with children and adults everywhere.See all Product description
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Jill Murphy's strength as a children's author is keeping the story innocent enough for kids yet slipping in a little joke for the adults. As an adult it doesn't get boring to read it and fair enough I was reading this on a nostalgia trip (yes I am a childless millennial!) but there are aspects that I remember from my childhood; the drawings for example. There's a fantastic drawing by Jill Murphy (who illustrates the books, if you didn't know!) of Tabby, Mildred's cat.
So the book - what I love about this book is how diverse the story is. It isn't just a linear A to B story. It goes from A to B and then backtracks to Z after Mildred and Ethel have a fall out and are both banned from going to the Halloween display (because of their actions in the very first book, The Worst Witch). The writing is personal, relatable and comical - Miss Hardbroom being attacked by a flying bucket is hysterical!
Jill Murphy really manages to write fantastic children's stories, that are also accessible for adults, without them being patronising. Love it!
About us - we are a family of four (mum, dad and two boys (aged 6&9)). We have extremely long (about an hour) car journeys travelling to and from school. My eldest has some extra learning needs so is possibly a little more immature than most 9 year olds. We generally upload the cd to our iPhone so we can listen to the story in the car and my children can use the cd at home.
I introduced The Worst Witch to my children over the summer holiday via the film and reading the books from the library. They loved it (I was secretly very pleased too).
The lady reading the story is in no way annoying which is always a worry when buying audio books, and entices you in to listen to the story. She is not as captivating as say David Walliams when he reads his books but still the gentle tone she uses is good.
Very happy with this audio book.
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