Book Review

PoP: Woolly by Sam Childs and The Great Granny Gang by Judith Kerr.

PoP Tuesdays on Juniper’s Jungle bring two reviews of picture books.

Woolly by Sam Childs. Scholastic.
WoollyThe new baby mammoth is called Woolly, but she isn’t woolly. And she’s cold.

How will Woolly’s family keep her snug and cosy?

A mammoth tale of warmth and friendship.

Woolly a baby mammoth, born without the woolly coat her parents and brothers all sport. She’s born without a woolly coat – I must admit that my mammoth knowledge is minimal so I have no idea whether this was the norm or not. Woolly’s lack of woolly coat means she’s cold so her mummy comes up with different ways to keep her warm, but each one fails for one reason or another. My favourite of these was the beautiful feather coat.

The text is not a rhyming text, but I’d still recommend a run through before reading it aloud – there’s one sentence on the second double page in particular that is rather tongue twister like (Woolly’s brothers are called Willy and Wally…) There’s a nice familiar structure to the book that works really well for the type of story. The illustrations are nice, there are some lovely little details to spot throughout the book.

I enjoyed this book right up until the ending, I felt like I was missing a page of story. This was a real shame as it left me feeling a bit disappointed in the whole reading experience.

The Great Granny Gang by Judith Kerr. Harper Collins Children’s Books.
GreatGrannyGangHere come the fearless granny gang,
The youngerst eighty-two.
They leap down from their granny van,
And there’s nothing they can’t do.

I really don’t think you can go wrong with Judith Kerr, her stories are always entertaining, her rhymes make for lovely read aloud books and her illustrations are always warm and welcoming. The Great Granny Gang is no exception to any of these and it results in a gentle, entertaining read. I love that this book is about grannies who aren’t living boring lives – this bunch of octo- and nonagenarians are super cool and adventurous. I’d be really hard-pressed to choose a favourite granny, though Maud repairing roads with her pneumatic drill might take some beating!

I love the softness of Judith Kerr’s illustrations. The illustrations in this book are drawn and coloured using pencils, they’re truly lovely have a timeless feel, so in keeping with the age of the main characters. There are lots of action filled pictures in the book, these really do give the impression of movement for the characters. I liked spotting all of the little details in the pictures, there were so many things that made me smile.

A lovely read that definitely gets the thumbs up from me.

Both books featured in this post were borrowed from my local library.

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