As you may remember we recently reviewed a couple of books from Orion Book’s Early Reader range. Obviously Monkey is too young at 3 and half to be reading by himself, but I read a variety of books to him, from simple board books to the Plant Locator magazine!
He enjoyed the last two books so much I was really pleased to receive another story in the range to read to him – Shumba’s Big Adventure – written by Lauren St John, with illustrations by Lorna Hussey.
This is a lovely tale of a mischievous little lion cub called Shumba. He is always getting in to trouble and being naughty. His big adventure starts when he doesn’t listen to his mother and decides to go near the road.
He gets caught and put in a cage on a ship sailing to England with a lot of other lovely wild animals.
There is so much to discuss in this little story, Monkey loves wild animals from his many visits to Whipsnade Zoo and the like. He sat intently listening to Shumba’s adventures. Would he and his animal friends be rescued? Would them make it back to their homeland?
The watercolour illustrations really help with the story telling, and although Monkey is way too young to read this story himself, he sat, and listened to the entire story. I can see him progressing over the years to come to learning words and then the whole story himself. This is another lovely story from a great series of Early Reader books.
Wild animal lovers might also be interested to know that the author is giving 100% of her royalties to the Born Free Foundation.
disclaimer: we were sent this book for the purpose of review, our comments however, remain our own honest thoughts.