Books are a big part of our lives here at Tweetie Towers so today, I thought I’d do a round up of picture books we love. We start with Jack and the Flumflum Tree by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts. Jack’s Granny is sick, with a mysterious rash covering her face. So intrepid Jack sets sail for the isle of Blowyernose to find a cure, with shipmates Stu and Rose for company. After a series of adventures, they reach their goal but will they bring home the precious remedy? This rhyming picture book rollocks along at a great lick and David Roberts’ brilliant illustrations draw the eye as much as the words pluck at the ear. Stands the test of multiple, repeated readings.
Then we have Supermarket Zoo, by Caryl Edwards and Ed Eaves. This adventure revolves around a trip to the shops with Mum, but Albie soon realises it’s no ordinary supermarket – some of the stock looks like it wants to eat him! As they tick off the items on Mum’s list, Albie makes some new friends and decides that shopping isn’t so bad after all. In fact, he can’t wait to go next week!
The text is warm and witty, plus the bold, bright illustrations keep your attention firmly fixed on the story. It’s just as well, as this is another story we’ve read approximately 345,006 times.
I Love My Mummy, by Giles Andreae and Emma Dodd, is a firm Tweetie Junior bedtime favourite. The rhyming text about a little boy and his lovely mum bounces along and the pictures are both funny and sweet. The companion book – I Love My Daddy – is on our list of books to get.
And lastly, we both love Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones by Claire Freedman and Tina McNaughton. This Savannah based bedtime book has a dreamy lyrical text but the most memorable thing about it is the quality of the pastel illustrations. Filled with delightfully sleepy animals, each page glows with colour and melt from gorgeous gold through the deepest of red sunset into the velvetty purple of night. It never fails to get Tweetie Junior in the mood to go to sleep, which may be why it’s such a hit with me…
So what are your favourite picture books, and why?