Monday, October 10, 2011

Claire's Bookclub: British Invasion

A couple of weeks ago we went to the library and Claire came home with a gaggle of books which all happened to be written by British authors.  Each book was a little more odd than the next but they all were major hits with Claire.

Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham

We loved this.  We are right in a phase where Claire is working on making animal sounds and this book provided ample opportunity.  I also loved that in this book animals and children act like animal and children and still get to go to tea and eat cakes at the end.

Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar

I really didn't like this book but Claire loved it.  It's very odd, though the rhythm and rhyme are good.  Claire loved looking at shoes (shoe was one of her first words) and saying "shoe!" She also liked the elephants and giraffes--anything with animals these days.

Beware of the Frog by William Bee

 WEIRD ALERT! This book is so odd and does not end very  happily but Claire loved it.  She loved the pictures, she loved the silly songs that all of the creatures sing, she loved the little old lady hiding in the house peeking her head out of the windows.

So, in conclusion, all of the British books were huge hits even though they were certainly on the weird side.

**Adults.  Don't forget that we are reading Moby Dick for book club.  I'll be writing about it on Nov 4th.  I'm about half way though and it's fascinating (even if it's a little slow).  So start it if you haven't already.

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