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Winnie and Wilbur: Happy Birthday, Winnie Paperback – 1 Sep 2016
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In this story it is Winnie’s birthday and she decides to have a garden party. There are presents and food and games and, of course, a birthday surprise! This is a delightful story to read aloud, or with a child. The illustrations are very detailed and every child I have ever read this with has enjoyed joining in with the, “Abracadabra!” as Winnie waves her wand. These should be on every child’s bookshelf – lovely stories and all children will enjoy following the adventures of Winnie the Witch and her cat, Wilbur.
Seemingly first published in 2007, this 2016 edition has some child-drawn pictures at the beginning and end, a little bit like the “here’s some of the pictures our viewers have sent in” sections from art shows on TV, which is a nice touch as it encourages kids to do their own drawings of the characters as well.
This book is messy in more ways than one, but a big hit with the member of our family that it’s intended for, so five stars it is.
Of note is that this is a full colour picture book, in contrast to some of the sparingly-illustrated younger reader novels about Winnie and Wilbur. My eldest child reads a lot, and likes illustrated Diary of a Wimpy Kid style novels, but far prefers these colourful Winnie picture books to the alternatives pitched at slightly older readers.
With Winnie, you always know what you're going to get - the illustrations are very busy and visually noisy, which doesn't always appeal to adults, but means that there's always something new for children to discover on every page. Keep in mind that kids are likely to devote much more attention to these images than parents are!
Both my grand-daughter and young niece and nephew are familiar with Winnie and Wilbur having heard their stories at playgroup/primary school. This story was a huge hit with my young listeners as we read the book together and studied the pictures - I must admit to thoroughly enjoying it too. A 5* book for both a young, and not so young, audience with an entertaining, fun and immersive story.
It is nicely written and absolutely suitable for my girls in terms that it keeps them interested, amused and using imagination.
The children seem to be very drawn to the character Winnie. Additionally there are excellent illustrations - which alongside the story really makes hebiok.