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Nappy Ever After: Picture Book Reviews

BJulia-Donaldson-Jack-and-the-Flumflum-Tree-Hardbackooks 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 S Zooordinary 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 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 dreSnuggle_up_sleepy_ones_Lamy 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?

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About Tamsyn Murray

I live in Hertfordshire and make things up for a living. I write books for children, adults and educated animals. I own one cat, one dog and five rabbits, plus assorted humans.

4 comments on “Nappy Ever After: Picture Book Reviews

  1. Keris
    May 22, 2013

    We love I Love My Mummy/Daddy too. Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones looks gorgeous.

  2. Tamsyn Murray
    May 22, 2013

    It is – great snoozy text too!

  3. Lola Karns
    May 22, 2013

    Julia Donaldson is a favorite in my house. Are you familiar with Olivier Dunrea’s Gossie and Friends series? I’ll link to one. These are a favorite at bedtime and both my children picked up a lot of reading sight words in them. http://www.amazon.com/BooBoo-Gossie-Friends-Olivier-Dunrea/dp/0618356541/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369230626&sr=8-1&keywords=boo+boo

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