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Title: Barking Up the Wrong Tree (Stick & Fetch Investigate)
Author: Philip Ardagh
Illustrator: Elissa Elwick
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s/Middle grade, Humour
Description: Sally Stick and her fellow detective (and best friend) Fetch are surprisingly good at solving unusual cases. the cases may only exist inside their heads, and the clues may not exactly be clues, but that doesn’t stop them!
Description: Sam and Jump do everything together. One day they go to the beach, where they meet Thomas. They play all day. But when Sam gets home he realizes he’s forgotten something: JUMP!
My Review: This is a really sweet and simple tale that many kids will relate to. Sam and his best friend Jump, a cuddly toy rabbit, do everything together. Like many kids with their toys, Sam is very attached to Jump and one day they go to the beach where they have fun together, until Sam meets Thomas. Sam and Thomas end up enjoying the rest of the afternoon together at the beach, but when it’s time to go home Sam forgets poor Jump and doesn’t know what to do.
It’s hard not to spoil the ending of this story as it’s such a short and simple tale, but it has a really happy ending and I couldn’t help but smile at what happens. I really enjoyed this paperback picture book. It’s a little smaller than A4 in size and filled with thick colourful pages that have such simple illustrations. I really liked these pictures, they are so simple and yet really show the story well. They look like simple pencil drawings and that along with the font used in the book has a childlike appearance that I really enjoyed.
A lot of children have a favourite toy and can relate to losing that toy, or the idea of losing it, which is why I think a lot of children would like this book. It’s so simple and gives a happy, uplifting ending for what kids may sometimes experience. I certainly would have loved this book as a child and would definitely recommend it to others.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
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Description: Kiki and Bobo are going to the beach. It’s the perfect day for eating ice cream and swimming in the sea. But why does Bobo look so worried? Can Kiki help? Lift the flaps and find out in this sunny seaside story.
My Review: I really love this book! Kiki the cat thinks it’s a great day for going to the beach but her friend Bobo the dog isn’t so sure. The book is a hardback, about A4 in size but a bit wider and square in shape. Inside there are some lovely images on glossy thick paper and each page has a few flaps to open which show something fun hidden underneath.
The story is very simple but has such a great feel to it that I’m smiling after reading this. Bobo is really scared of going to the beach and ends up trying to put off what Kiki wants to do. I don’t want to spoil the rest of it by telling you how this ends but I’ll say that we do find out what Bobo is so worried about and the book has a lovely ending with a key message about friendship.
The illustrations are really fun and I enjoyed the simple style. Each picture looks like it’s been painted, almost like a children’s painting, and I really like the way Kiki and Bobo look in the pictures. I like how simple each image is and yet there are fun extras in the flaps. There are lots of flaps in the book, some large and related to the story and some really small flaps which show fun hidden things such as the inside engine of the bus (this image is funny and shows how ‘happy’ the inside of a bus engine is!).
It’s the ending of the book that really made me enjoy this. The simple message of friendship is one that is so heartwarming it made me smile and one that is so easy for kids to understand. Although I’ve seen some other reviewers criticise how short and simple this book is, I think the book is perfect as it is. It is aimed at younger kids and is easy to understand and the flaps are a great bonus as you see all the hidden things hiding inside. I would have loved this book as a child and I could see myself searching for all the flaps in this book again and again. A book I’d recommend.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
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At Buckingham Palace Nancy and Roger discover a lost teddy bear, and the chase is on across the sights of the city to find the children who dropped it! But little Nancy just can’t help creating a spot of mischief along the way…
Help Nancy spot the children and discover the sights of London! With flaps to lift, a fold-out map and plenty of surprises throughout, this is a wonderfully interactive story for the whole family.
My Review: This is a very fun flap book that children and I’m sure adults would love to look at. Nancy and her friend, Roger (the dog) spend a day in London sightseeing while trying to track down the two children who dropped their teddy bear. But Nancy can’t help but get up to some mischief while there, mischief that has Roger calling out “No, Nancy, No!”
The book is a hardback around A4 in size (a bit wider but a bit shorter) filled with thick glossy pages which show the story really well. Each page opens showing Nancy and Roger at a new location with lots of different details to see in the pictures. Each double page though has at least one flap which when turned shows what mischief Nancy gets up to.
The images are really fun. There’s a lot of detail in them and I found myself intrigued. At times it felt like looking at a ‘Where’s Wally?’ book, with so many different things to spot while reading along with the story. The illustrations are also fun as there are some recurring characters that show up in each double page.
The story is predictable but also has a nice ending. Despite Nancy’s behaviour she does a good thing and although I guessed the ending of the tale some kids might not and it makes this a very fun book to read. I did enjoy this book when reading it and I think it has a real appeal for kids. The whole story is fun and the flaps are a real bonus, including a special ‘flap’ near the ending which I enjoyed but wasn’t prepared for. The book is also great as it really does a good job of showing off some of the London landmarks, something which could be extra fun for kids who might be visiting the capital. Overall a really fun book which will really keep you entertained for a long time.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
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Description: Morris can’t find his glasses…anywhere. And now he can’t see…anything. Not to worry. Morris is positive that his instincts will lead him home!
But just how good are Morris’s instincts?
My Review: This is such a funny book! Morris Mole works at a restaurant but when it’s time to go home he misplaces his glasses and decides it’s not that difficult to burrow his way home without them. As the front cover and the title show, Morris pops up assuming he’s home only to have burrowed into another creatures home. The rest of the book follows a predictable path of Morris repeatedly popping up in various different places thinking each time he’s home when he’s not.
This is a brilliant picture book and definitely has appeal to both kids and adults. The repetitive nature of the story will appeal to kids, it usually does, and the fun illustrations add a lot of humour to the already funny story. The copy of the book I have is an A4ish sized paperback with thick, colourful pages inside but papery rather than glossy. The pictures are quite simple and yet detailed in a way that there are little things to spot within the image that you might miss at first glance. The illustrations also feature funny things that only adults will really ‘get’ such as the name of the restaurant where Morris works or the titles of some books.
The story is funny right to the end and although has a happy and predictable ending, there’s a twist on the last page which make me smile. I really like picture books like this and I would certainly recommend it to others but I do have a personal issue and that is the red colour used on both the front page and the first couple of pages inside the book. The colour is lovely but when I view the book in low light, that particular shade contrasts with the blue next to it in such a way that I squint every time I look at it, especially the book cover as the red feels like it’s almost ‘dancing’ It’s not a big issue but something to be aware of if you have sensitive eyes like me and plan to view this book in a low light atmosphere. Overall though a great and very funny picture book worth reading!
-Thanks to Walker Books for providing a free copy.
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