I love reading with my four year old, especially now that the stories he likes to hear have moved on from simple words and pictures to more involved picture books. We read together throughout the day, but in particular at bedtime when his younger sister isn't there to disturb us. We were recently sent two lovely picture books to review, both funny and which really caught his imagination.
The first is Dustbin Dad
by Peter Bently and illustrated by Russell Ayto. Dustbin Dad tells the story of a Dad that will eat anything that he finds lying left around. Normally this is just the leftovers on the children's plates, but one day he finds some "Puss Pep-Up Powder" intended for the lazy family cat,
and it has most unexpected consequences!
The story is written in rhyme, and accompanied by humourous illustrations. It's really fun to read aloud, with plenty of opportunities to join in and act out the story. My son loved it, and even though his own Dad is rather fussy and a long way from being a Dustbin Dad himself, he really enjoyed the story.
The second book is Eleanor's Eyebrows by Timothy Knapman and illustrated by David Tazzyman. The central characters this story are indeed Eleanor's eyebrows, and they disappear in the middle of the night when Eleanor declares that she can't see the point of them. They try out a number of different residences, including the butterfly house at the zoo and as a magician's moustache. In the meantime, Eleanor realises how much she misses them, but nothing she tries is a good enough replacement.
We both enjoyed this funny book, and the illustrations really brought the story to life.
These are definitely two books that I can recommend for older toddlers and pre-schoolers!
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