Children’s book reviews

I can never have enough of books. Be it for me or N. The more the merrier.  Tulika Books has announced two smashing and irresistible offers. Ones that I couldn’t resist 🙂 So I ordered some books for N and am waiting for them eagerly.

Here are some books that N read during the summer holidays. The reviews and age suggestions are my opinions.

Mr Gumpy's Outing  Mr Gumpy’s Outing

By John Burningham.

Available on Flipkart.

Suitable for 2+ year olds.

Mr Gumpy has a boat and lives by the river. He goes out on his boat one day and everyone wants to join him. He agrees to let them on but if they agree to some things. Eventually everyone is on the boat but soon the boat begins to rock and then they all fall into the river with a SPLASH!

It is a simple book with big pictures and few words. The repetitive format is easy for the little ones. The book also helps kids to be familiar with different animal actions and sounds. The illustrations are easy on the eye. N was gifted this book by friends. It came with an audio CD narrating the story.

Maisy Goes Camping

By Lucy Cousins.

Available on Flipkart.

Suitable for 2 and 1/2+ year olds.

Maisy is a mouse who goes camping with her friends – a squirrel, an elephant, a crocodile and a duck. They pitch a tent after some trouble. Then they have a campfire and sing songs around it. When it is time to sleep they all manage to get into the tent one by one BUT they are squished and squashed and begin to POP out of the tent.

This one was a gift again and N loves it. It is a very bright book with colourful illustrations. The text size is big and clear for kids to read (if they are of the read-on-your-own age). The book helps teach counting when the animals go into the tent one by one.

  Harry and the Dinosaurs say “Raahh”

By Ian Whybrow.

Available at Flipkart.

Suitable for 2+ year olds.

Harry’s mother is taking him to the dentist and Harry is slightly scared. He wants to take all his dinosaurs with him.   But they are hiding all over his room. He calls them one by one and takes them along in his bucket. Once they reach the dentist he uses a magic button to make the dinosaurs grow big. Harry then feels safe and gets onto the dentist’s chair. The dentist examines Harry and the dinosaurs’ teeth and gives them a good rinse. On their way back home Harry’s mom lets him choose a book from the library for being so good.

This is one book of a series of Harry and the Dinosaurs adventures. It is done up in a very eye-catching way. The book is informative with the names of the dinosaurs shown – Tyrannosaurus, Pterodactyl, Scelidosaurus, Stegosaurus, Anchisaurus, Apatosaurus and Triceratops. Even for my 2 and 1/2 year old the names were interesting and he tried naming all of them. The illustrations are big and colourful with a few words. The book can be used to encourage good dental hygiene and to remove fears of going to the dentist. N was definitely ready to go to the dentist for a check up along with his stegosaurus!! I would like to try out the other books in this series.



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