Thursday, 27 September 2012

HarperCollins New Releases

We were sent three new books; I think I actually heard our bookshelves groan when they arrived.  But they are still three worthy additions, all tackling the topic of friendship in their own ways.

This Moose belongs to me by Oliver Jeffers

I love the illustrations in this book the author is extremely talented, coming up with sweet stories and doing the pictures too.  The story is all about a boy who comes across a moose and decides he wants to keep it as his pet – in the high hope of having Marcel run around after him!

It is quite entertaining and filled with great humour.  You do find yourself captivated by Wilfred; seeing how he gets on with training his Moose.  It is a good story about friendship.  As much as you might hope your friend will do exactly what you want, you have to realise they are an individual and learn to accept them for who they are.  They might not always want to do what you want to, but they might be there when you need them most.

The Great Granny Gang by Judith Kerr

This book is perfect to get children to respect the older generation.  This motley crew of friends had much more energy than me and they even manage to stop a burglary of a bakery.  They are so much larger than life, living out their dreams and making the most of being alive with a rebellious streak!  Although my youngest thought the granny characters were silly, in the opening scene when they jump from a moving van; he said they need to park first.  Glad he is thinking safety first haha.

But it is a fabulous yarn with grannies and their love of adventure, the thrill of the chase, all lion taming crocodile babysitting adrenaline junkies!  Seriously what happened to an appreciation of knitting, bingo and the WI (not to stereotype here of course sorry!!!).  I get tired just reading about their antics.  Might need a lie down now… 

Grannies really are great!

Walter And The No Need To Worry Suit by Rachel Bright

This is the first tale by this author and I was impressed.  I definitely hope to read more with my boys.  Even the place the characters live got them in fits of giggles, Woollybottom.

The book is a handy starting point to bring up the topic of anxieties with your child, what worries them and how it makes them feel.  Walter’s worries do make you laugh though as they are quite blown out of proportion and slowly spiralling out of control!

His friends with their best intentions try and help by coming up with a special suit for him to wear so he can compete in the funday events without worrying.  With features like magic stay on trousers and anti giant mouse stamping helmet, it is quite something to behold.  But unfortunately the suit and the sports events are not entirely compatible.

He soon learns with just the support of his friends he can do anything and conquers his fears.  It really does illustrate the importance of friendship and supportive people in our lives.

Head over to Harper Collins for more information and prices on any of these books.

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