One of my 2013 reading resolutions was to read more picture books. I’m going to share my thoughts on these books in mini reviews throughout the year.
I Do Not Eat the Colour Green by Lynne Rickards and Margaret Chamberlain. Hodder & Stoughton.
I really loved this book. It’s a fun story about a girl who refuses to eat anything green – even green sweets! I felt able to identify to a certain extent with this, though green sweets are generally my favourite, and I know other people who refuse to eat a certain colour – I’m sure parents of fussy eaters will definitely enjoy the humour (and message) in this book. The book is written in rhyme which gives it a really nice rhythm – definitely a great book for reading aloud.
Again! by Emily Gravett. MacMillan Children’s Books.
This is another funny book, it made me giggle all the way through. Again I think a lot of parents will identify with the parent dragon having to read and re-read the book to their demanding child. The book has an interesting structure, the story isn’t obvious which I liked. I loved the illustrations, the dragons are really very nice.
Lulu and the Best Cake Ever! by Emma Chichester Clark. Harper Collins Children’s Books.
This is a tale from Wagtail Town, an ongoing series, there is quick introduction to characters at the beginning which makes it easy for new readers or for existing readers to refamiliarise themselves with the characters. It is a nice story about it being okay not being the best / winner and highlights that everyone has their own things that they’re good at. The illustrations are lovely, there’s lots to explore – speech bubbles, labels etc which make it ideal for re-reading.