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April 2015 Book of the Month - Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month There’s lots of laughs here! An elephant on a bus, a whale on a bike, a hippo in a hot air balloon – none of these is a good idea as soon becomes clear in the attractive and bouncy rhyme of this witty picture book. The catastrophes that lie in store in each case such as the bus toppling over when nudged by the elephant, the enormous whale teetering on a tiny bike and hippo on a collision course with a chimney pot are wittily illustrated by David Tazzyman, much loved for his illustrations for Andy Stanton’s delightfully disgusting Mr Gum. Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month April 15 Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck Where's the Elephant? by Barroux Migloo's Day by William Bee
If you’re planning a holiday or a staycation, this book is an absolute must, packed as it is with invaluable if unusual advice. Of course you shouldn’t take an elephant on holiday, he’d only eat all the ice cream; but what if you’re thinking about vacationing with a cheetah, an ostrich, or an orangutan? Just don’t, says Patricia Cleveland-Peck, and she has perfectly valid reasons… Author and illustrator have a track record in creating brilliantly funny, deliciously zany picture books, delighting in exploring preposterous situations and You Can't Take an Elephant on Holiday is a wonderful addition to their series about places NOT to take an elephant. Cleveland-Peck’s rhyming text is a delight to read aloud and will have children speechless with laughter, David Tazzyman’s illustrations bringing a controlled anarchy that adds even more to the fun. Essential summer reading!
There’s all sorts of useful advice in this picture book. Not only should you not let an elephant drive a digger, it isn’t advisable either to let a polar bear cut your hair, or a seal prepare your meal; and you should never go to the loo with a kangaroo. In fact, it concludes, it’s far more sensible to forget about letting the various animals help and just play with them instead. Each zany situation will have children laughing out loud and they’ll soon be joining in with the lively rhyming text. David Tazzyman’s illustrations inject an extra layer of wild excitement and anarchy, and this deserves to become a huge favourite with readers.
This deliciously greedy story tells how Princess Spaghetti blasts off into space to rescue her father, the King, when he is kidnapped by aliens who threaten to eat him up. The Princess is bold, the courtiers are weak, the aliens are devious and the background is full of pictures of food in what is a highly entertaining book. The author Gillian Rogerson has some signed copies available to purchase. If you'd like a signed copy then do go direct to her at www.gillianrogerson.net.
Of course you shouldn’t call an elephant in an emergency, he’ll just tangle the fire hoses and cause a flood. Don’t let lemmings fly the rescue helicopter either, or rely on an anteater for a cave rescue (he’ll disgrace himself). These are just some of the ridiculous scenarios dreamed up by Patricia Cleveland-Peck in the latest in this hilarious picture book series, illustrations by David Tazzyman, his scribbly detail catching all the chaos and possibilities of the action. It’s great to read aloud and the action builds to a perfect, and perfectly funny conclusion. Peck and Tazzyman are the consummate picture book partnerships and each double-page is an brilliant adventure in its own right.
Lola is adored by everyone, so much so that all the doggy tit-bits she’s given are making her very out of shape. All her friends seem to be enjoying the doggy playground so much more than her and when it comes to ‘chase’ she can’t run fast enough. Lola’s owner Marcie decides something must be done and a wonderful story of encouragement and achievement against the odds is the result. A joy to read with your toddler.
Yoga has never seemed more tempting than in this lovely new book, written by Fearne Cotton and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey. Eleven little children, the ‘Yoga babies’, are shown doing different yoga poses, always with a parent or adult nearby, and the benefits are clear: yoga is just right for stretching, developing physical skills, calming and relaxing – and it looks great fun too. The text is in rhyme, perfect for reading aloud, and the illustrations are full of details that little children will recognise, while also clearly demonstrating ten different yoga poses. Fearne Cotton clearly finds yoga hugely satisfying and helpful and the book conveys her passion very well indeed.
Eleven little children, the ‘Yoga babies’, are shown doing different yoga poses, always with a parent or adult nearby, and the benefits are clear: yoga is just right for stretching, developing physical skills, calming and relaxing – and it looks great fun too. The text is in rhyme, perfect for reading aloud, and the illustrations are full of details that little children will recognise, while also clearly demonstrating ten different yoga poses. Fearne Cotton clearly finds yoga hugely satisfying and helpful and the book conveys her passion very well indeed.
Level: EYFS Subject: English An engaging Writing activity book to really help boost your child's progress at every stage of their learning! Fully in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, this English book provides reassurance whilst supporting your child's learning at home. Combining useful English practice with engaging, colourful illustrations, this Writing workbook helps to boost your child's confidence and develop good learning habits for life. Each fun activity is designed to give your child a real sense of achievement. Included in this book: questions that allow children to practise the important skills learned at school colourful activities that make learning fun and motivate children to learn at home helpful tips and answers so that you can support your child's learning
Shortlisted for the Best Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009 Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night. A very odd thing for an owl to do. But he discovers the world of colour and he’s in awe. A really lovely and original picture book. At night, when we are feeling tired and ready for bed, owls are just waking up.
A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 - chosen by Ruby Laverty, aged 6 A Best Pet Monster Competition seems like the perfect place for Albert to show off Sidney, his beloved Pet Monster. But Sidney is unlike anyone else’s pet…He is not full of parasites; extremely warty or the owner of very hot breath. In fact, Sidney is beautifully clean, has no warts and lots of freckles and no intention of hovering or being the in way at all. At every round Sidney is an utter failure! But can he and Albert come home with a prize after all? A witty look at different measures of success. ~ Julia Eccleshare