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Baby’s First Bank Heist by Jim Whalley, illus. Stephen Collins.

July 12, 2018 Comments off

baby bank heistBaby’s First Bank Heist by Jim Whalley, illus. Stephen Collins. Pub. Bloomsberry, 2018.

This picture book is as daft as a brush and I suspect that is one of the reactions the authors want.

Mum and dad take baby for a walk in the park. Baby is suitably dressed in a black and white striped romper suit as though his parents suspected his future actions.

Baby wants a pet, any pet, but parents are aghast at the idea. Baby plots. A visit to the bank gets his imagination flowing and he robs the bank as only a baby can. Following the signs to the cash he bypasses all the alarms, stuffs his romper suit full of money and slinks away like a weasel up a drainpipe.

At home he scans the Net and purchases an array of animals and secrets them throughout his house. Parents don’t get onto it until they discover a rather laconic rhino in the garage. What will they do? read it and find out.

Very witty rhyming text which is always good for language development and illustrations  in watercolours and ink drawings, that tell their own story and enhance the written text.

A perfect combination that produces the type of craziness that kids love. A good read-a-loud as well.

Being a Princess is Very Hard Work by Sarah Kilbride, illus. Ada Grey.

May 26, 2018 Comments off

princessBeing a Princess is Very Hard Work by Sarah Kilbride, illus. Ada Grey. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2018.

What do parents say to a girl, or a boy for that matter, who wants to be a princess? Well in this glorious picture book the parents take two stances.

Firstly they point out what princesses have to do. They have to look interested all day when they are bored out of their trees. They have to look good all the time and run in long dresses. They cannot stick their tongues out or make a face and must finish their dinners even with greens. Then there is dealing with knights and dragons and no farting or burping. Sounds horrendous.

But that is not enough really so secondly they say how much they love the little girl for what she is already. But you will have to read that part for yourself.

Fabulous illustrations that fully compliment the rhyming text and with a great sense of humour. We all need some silliness in our lives.