Posts Tagged ‘Picture books for toddlers’

I want spaghetti

By Stephanie Blake

ISBN 9781927271926

Gecko Press

 

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Simon, the naughty little rabbit with attitude is back. No longer calling out “poo bum”  or refusing to go to school, Simon is now a fussy eater. The only thing he will eat is spaghetti.  He demands spaghetti for every meal and refuses to be persuaded to try anything else. His mother is well and truly over his picky eating.

“That’s enough!” said his mother.

“Go to your room.”

   And so begins his tantrum.

This is ideal for young readers but even five and six-year-old children at school will love this and no doubt many of them will relate to Simon and his fussy eating.

As with previous stories about Simon, the illustrations are simple yet bold and bright. They certainly have lots of appeal for young readers. And as with every good story, even though Simon is a bit of a rascal, readers can’t help but like him. Well worth adding to your collection of Simon books especially if you want to sit giggling with your child and enjoying the antics of a naughty little rabbit.

If you want to delve deeper there are teaching notes here.

Where is Pim?
By Lena Landstrom
Illustrated by Olof Landstrom
Gecko Press
ISBN 9781927271735
Translated by Julia Marshall

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This delightfully simple story is told by Lena Landstrom and beautifully illustrated by her husband Olof. Pom’s soft toy Pim goes missing while playing together. Well actually Pim is kidnapped by a dog. The search begins as Pom goes looking under bushes, park seats and just about everywhere but still no sign of Pim. I love the expressions on Pom’s face. You can see how heart-broken Pom is as tears begin to brim over and this is gorgeously emphasized as Pom sits on the page all alone. The anguish is real, just as it is for young children when they lose their favourite toy. A story everyone can relate to.
Yes, there is a happy ending, as there must be, and Pom and Pim are reunited. A story to read over and over.