disclosure: we were sent these books for the purpose of review, our comments however, remain our own honest thoughts
We are thrilled to be a part of the Book Buddies team working with Parragon Books.
Yes, I think you all know by now that my son and I have a slight obsession for books, I’m seriously thinking that our spare room is going to have to become his own personal library – but I can’t think of anything better to be surrounded by than good, quality books.
This brings me nicely on to our first delivery of two wonderful books from Parragon Books – firstly Sunshine and Snowballs written by Margaret Wise Brown and cleverly illustrated by Charlotte Cooke.
Through the wonderfully illustrated 32 pages of this paperback, you follow two young children, a boy and a girl, on their journey through the seasons. My Monkey 3 and half year old son was captivated from the very first page.
We talk about the season a lot already as we grow our own vegetables and are keen nature watchers, so this book was great for building on our experiences and having discussions following on from the simple story text and great drawings.
As we read through the seasons, we saw the changes in weather and also followed the animals – for example in summer we could see lots of insects enjoying the warm weather with the children.
The illustrations really bring this book to life – my son hasn’t really seen any lightning yet, but this book showed him what to expect ……
We both enjoyed reading this book, the text is so descriptive but short and simple, so great for younger children. Priced at £5.99 (2013 price) I would say that this is great value for money and would certainly recommend it.
We had great expectations for our second book, as we’d enjoyed the first so much. I’d deliberately saved it for bedtime ….
….. Goodnight Little One is written by Margaret Wise Brown (I am now a big fan) and illustrated by Rebecca Elliott.
This 32-page paperback book shows us a variety of animals as they settle down to sleep for the night. The rhyming text is simple but effective and the softly painted illustrations give you a warm, comforting feeling. I love this book, there is something quite magical about it. It is the perfect book to read at bedtime.
My son sat patiently in bed while I read the story and we talked about each animal in turn, where they lived and the noises they make as we followed them on their journey to the land of Nod.
I’m a sucker for great illustrations, these really work so well, with the beautifully written story. Priced at £5.99 (2013 price) I would also recommend this book and am now off in search of other books by this author!