Monday, 5 December 2011

Top That Publishing: Time for Dinner/Little Penguin Learns to Swim


This is my fourth "Yummy Mummy" book review for Top That Publishing:


It is always a pleasure to open an envelope from Top That Publishing as they have such delightful books in them. This time both the books were aimed at my 5 year old to review.

First up Time for Dinner by June Morley:


Yum, yum,’ said Fly. ‘I do love dinner time!’
It’s time for dinner and all of the animals are very hungry! But, with the cat looking hungrily at the bird, the bird looking hungrily at the spider, and the spider looking hungrily at the fly, will anyone have dinner at all? This humorous picture storybook with a comic twist is bound to amuse new and emerging readers time and time again!

This is a beautifully illustrated picture story book which was a delight to read with my son. There is a little bit of a repeat on each section of the story so your child can guess a little bit of what happens next. A series of animals in turn attempt to eat another animal for dinner but which will be successful? An enjoyable read whilst snuggled up on the sofa together. My son has learnt enough since starting school in September to be able to read some of the book himself and the font size is perfect for early readers.

It is available direct from the publisher RRP £5.99 but currently £5.39 or as an e-book (PDF) for download at £1.79.

Author:
June Morley
Illustrator:
Marina Le Ray
ISBN:
978-1-84956-439-7
EAN:
9 781849 564397
Publish Date:
1st September 2011
  • Book size: 254mm x 254mm
  • 32 pp
  • Full colour throughout
  • Paperback
  • Ages 3 to 5

The second book we were sent was Little Penguin Learns to Swim by Dubravka Kolanovic and Eilidh Rose:

Children will delight in following Little Penguin as he goes for his first swim. As he meets friends along the way, all learning something new, Little Penguin tries to overcome his nerves. Will Little Penguin be brave enough to jump in and swim? Charming, soft pastel artwork illustrates beautifully Little Penguin’s first journey to the pool and is sure to make the story a firm favourite at bedtime.

My son is a big fan of Frozen Planet on the BBC so this was his favourite of the two picture storybooks. It has a very cute main character in the guise of Little Penguin who is very nervous about his first ever swim. Many children will be able to relate to his fear and the book may help children over come such fears. On his way to the open sea Little Penguin meets a variety of his friends (bird, seal and killer whale) who are all trying to learn a new different skill. As he sees each of them succeed Little Penguin gains in confidence before finally taking the plunge himself. The illustrations in this are a delight to look at and its an endearing story to read.

It is available direct from the publisher RRP £5.99 but currently £5.39 or as an e-book (PDF) for download at £1.79.

Author:
Eilidh Rose
Illustrator:
Dubravka Kolanovic
ISBN:
978-1-84956-440-3
EAN:
9 781849 564403
Publish Date:
1st September 2011
  • Book size: 254mm x 254mm
  • 32 pp
  • Full colour throughout
  • Paperback
  • Ages 3 to 5




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