We are all absolute book worms in our house, and there is seriously nothing we enjoy more than sitting down and reading a good book with the little lady. So when Faber and Faber offered us the opportunity to review a couple of their lovely children’s books we leapt at the opportunity. Faber & Faber is not a publishing house that we’ve come across before so it was an absolute delight to discover them and the lovely range of children’s authors books that they publish.
We received two lovely paperback books which are both quite different in style, story and illustration, but equally a delight to read. Whilst I think there is something quite nice about the way board books look and feel, especially in our lovely little Potter Library Table, I’ve noticed over the last few weeks and months that the little lady is increasing starting to choose paperback books over board books. So it was the perfect time to add another two to add to our ever growing collection as the little lady starts to make the transition from board to paperback.
The little lady was so excited to open our little parcel of books and insisted on reading them that evening at bed time. We started with Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep by Katie Blackburn, a lovely story about a bear that wants to go to sleep, but can’t quite figure out how to and so takes you on a journey with him to discover the secret to sleep. I love how thoughtfully and cleverly the story has been constructed, told in a way that uses words and sentences that are rhythmic, repetitive and soothing to read and to listen to. The illustrations are surprisingly, but pleasantly abstract and completely compliment the story. I love how perfectly the book set the tone for bedtime and I loved seeing Ella so captivated by the story.
Next we read The Shrew that Flew by Julia Copus which looked and felt completely different to Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep. It is much more tale like and has beautiful, colourful illustrations to match. The story is told in clever, whimsical rhymes, not dissimilar to the style of Julia Donaldson books, although somewhat longer. Again, we really enjoyed the story of the little shrew that lost her hat on the way to a party with friends and tries to find a way to fly in order to get it back in time for the party. What I loved the most though, was the undertone of a lovely positive message for little ones about trying and persistence through adversity.
So its fair to conclude that both books were a massive hit with the little lady, and I was really pleasantly surprised that they both managed to captivate and hold her attention from start to finish as we rarely make it through a complete paperback book. But she absolutely adores reading and listening to both stories and has insisted on reading them at bed time each and every night since we received them which I think couldn’t be a more glowing recommendation from a two year old!
So if you are looking for some lovely new books for your little ones then we would definitely recommend both The Shrew That Flew and Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep which each retail at £6.99 at Faber & Faber.
Disclosure; we were very kindly sent copies of The Shrew that Flew and Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep to review for our Things We Love Series. However all views and opinions are my own.