Children’s Hour: Mister Magnolia

Children’s Hour is a new feature here at Lucybird’s Book Blog every Thursday where I’m looking at children’s picture books. As I work in a nursery I get plenty of opportunities to look at picture books, and to see what the kids think of them so it really makes sense to use those experiences.

I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.

The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.

Mister Magnolia is a lucky man, he has 2 lovely sister (who play the flute), he has the biggest scooter ever which all his friends can fit on, he has a pet dinosaur, and make the biggest splash when he comes down the water chute…

“But Mister Magnolia,

Poor Mister Magnolia,

Mister Magnolia had only one boot”

This is another of the books I loved as a child and have now introduced to the kids at work (this very day in fact!). One child in particular loved the story, especially the pictures of Mister Magnolia on the water slide (seriously he actually said “Wow”) and his face gave a little look of excitement when he saw Mister Magnolia’s dinosaur (what an enormous brute). The other children especially liked it when Mister Magnolia was opening his present at the end. They were all eager to see what he got…or maybe that was just the way the story kept them waiting!

I’ve always loved Quentin Blake illustrations, and his rhymes pair perfectly. I like that he occasionally throws in words most children won’t know (like parakeet). The rhymes make the stories more interesting for the children too, and easy for them to join in with (although the only part the kids at work joined in with way “Hey! Look!”

Buy Mister Magnolia:

Paperback (£3.65)


Filed under Children's Hour, Fiction review, Picture books

3 responses to “Children’s Hour: Mister Magnolia

  1. Reading books to my children has to be hands down the most favorite thing I ever did as a parent. Now that they are adults it makes me sad because I don’t have anyone to read to anymore. But what great memories. I think this is awesome that you will be reviewing children’s books. Nicely done.


  2. Thanks Lori. I love introducing the kids at work to new books, especially when they really enjoy them. It’a fantastic to see the joy on their faces. Plus I get a feature out of it


  3. Pingback: Children’s Hour: Cockatoos | Lucybird's Book Blog

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