Saturday, 31 August 2013

Our Picture Book Party

We love books in our house, so when I was contacted by Walkers Books asking if we would like to take part in their Bloggers Picture Book Party I jumped at the chance.

We went send a fab hamper of party goodies and 5 books:
  • Peck, Peck, Peck- Lucy Cousins
  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs- Mo Williems
  • Captain Cat- Inga Moore
  • Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters- Jane Yolen
  • Silver Buttons- Bob Graham

We invited Ava's friends Poppy & Darcie, got stuck into the biscuits and had a good read.

Here is what we thought:

Peck, Peck, Peck- Lucy Cousins

As our party was made up of a baby and two toddlers this was this most age appropriate book. The bright colours, rhymes and holes within the pages really got the littles attention. Peck, Peck, Peck is the story of a Daddy woodpecker who teaches his child to peck. Little Woodpecker then goes on to peck everything, this creates a fun, interactive story and the girls liked to stick their fingers through the holes in each page.

Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters- Jane Yolen

Out of the five books I would say that this one is Ava's favourite. It is the one she brings to me the most for us to read together. The text is short but is accompanied by brilliant illustrations by Kelly Murphy. It is the story of two little (cute) monsters who spend a day at the park, running, jumping, sliding and swinging. We had fun trying to spot the two little monsters on each page.

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs- Mo Williems

The three other picture books were a little old for the girls but they still enjoyed the pictures. When reading Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs to Ava she laughed at the voices I put on for the dinosaurs and thought Goldilocks covered in chocolate was hilarious and kept pointing to her and saying "yuck". Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs is a fun twist on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It has some great illustrations and is funny. I will enjoy reading this one to Ava when she is a little older. I enjoyed this book, it was very clever and fun. A lovely book.

Silver Buttons- Bob Graham

Ava also enjoyed this book. It also contains some lovely illustrations. At 9.59 am Jodie drew a duck wearing boots just as she is about to draw the last silver button on the boots her little brother Jonathan takes his first step. The story goes on to show the reader what else is happening in the city at 9.59am. It's quite a thought provoking book that Ava will have a better understanding of when she is older. At the moment she really likes the pictures.

Captain Cat- Inga Moore 

Unfortunately this is the book that we read the least. It is a beautifully illustrated story but I only managed to get half way through before Ava got fed up and walked off. It is the story of old "Captain Cat" who likes to collect cats instead of treasures. This will be a lovely book to share with Ava when she is older. We have put it away to keep it safe for now as she is too young for it.

All in all we thought these books were brilliant. Great stories, beautiful illustrations and fantastic quality. The girls had a lovely time at the Picture Book Party.

A big thank you to Walkers Books for sending us the books and party accessories for review as part of the Bloggers Picture Book Party Tour.

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