Top critical review
If only the words were as good as the pictures!
on 1 December 2017
I had heard good things about this book over many years, however found it didn't live up to my expectations. When read to a 4 and 6 year old they struggled to keep interest. I feel they became overwhelmed with different names, and the storytelling lacked the fullness they appreciate. After a while I found the way the stories were told became repetitive.
The strength of this book lies in the magnificent images. I found we enjoyed using the images to talk about the stories and characters, and by this route were able to then enjoy the storytelling more. However, this was hard work, as I had to find time to read the book in advance so that I could introduce the stories through looking at the pictures with the children prior to reading the text.