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My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words by Sophie Fatus

My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words

Barefoot Books, Bath, 2014

Hardcover, 48 pages

ISBN: 978-1-7828-5091-5

Suggested reading age: 3+

Reviewed by: Indrani Perera

Rating: *****

My five year old daughter loves this book and so do I!  It is a great picture book / first reader.  The book takes us through a day in the life of Felix, Sam, Maya, their parents, grandfather and pets.  The gorgeous illustrations are labelled with descriptive words so little readers can start to connect word with meaning.  Think of it as a step up from flash cards with a story to boot.  Interspersed with the story are pages asking questions like, "What kind if home would you like to live in?" and "Which story characters would you like to meet".  On these pages are gorgeous illustrations and descriptions of different options the reader can choose.  These pages fit neatly into the overall story.  A brilliant book to share with your budding young reader, In would highly recommend it.

Meet the Parents by Peter Bently and Sarah Ogilvie

Meet the ParentsSimon and Schuster Children's Books, London, 2014

Hardback, 32 pages

ISBN: 9780857075819

Suggested reading age: 4+

Reviewed by: Indrani Perera

Rating: *****

This book starts out with a list of all the annoying things your parents do, like boss you around and tell you what to do.  Luckily it then moves on to all the great things about parents - targets for ketchup,  tent poles for wonky dens and dustbins for bits you don't want to eat.  Once they've sorted out all your pickles, there's always time for...

Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton Trent by Lauren Child

Hubert HoratioHodder Children's Books, London, 2005

Paperback, 50 pages

ISBN: 9780340877890

Suggested reading age: 5+

Reviewed by: Indrani Perera

Rating: *****

This is another hilarious book from the award-winning author, Lauren Child.  Lauren Child is a genius.  It's true - in our house her books are much loved by all of us, adults and children alike.  She has a deft turn of phrase, an eye for the absurd and a unique style of illustration.  Her stories are fanciful, absurd and funny.  Her characters are likeable and spot on.

Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton Trent is the story of a rich, little boy who is a genius.  His parents are frightfully, frightfully rich socialites.  They love buying lavish things, entertaining and playing games.  What will happen when the money runs out?  Can Hubert save the day?  Read this book and find out.

The High Street by Alice Melvin

The High StreetTate Publishing, London, 2011

Hardcover, 52 pages

ISBN: 978-1-8543-7943-6

Suggested reading age: 3+

Reviewed by: Indrani Perera

Rating: *****

Alice Melvin is the talent behind this beautifully written and illustrated book.  I just loved everything about it.  The wonderful, read-a-loud rhyme accompanies some gorgeous fold-out drawings as Sally visits the High Street to buy all the things on her shopping list.  The High Street seemed quintessentially English to me.

My five year old daughter loved the way that the pages opened to reveal what was inside each shop.  The ending has a delightful twist as Sally tries to find the last thing on her list- a yellow rose.