Children’s Hour is a feature posted every Thursday here at Lucybird’s Book Blog. Children’s Hour is my time for reviewing children’s picture books. In my job in a nursery I encounter lots of children’s books, and these are the books I use for Children’s Hour.
You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.
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.
For me The Big Jungle Mix-up felt a bit like an inferior version of Monkey Puzzle. It had a similar sort of theme, but this time rather than just the answers being wrong the descriptions were, with the child always showing what animal his father was actually describing. In this sense it may have been better for older children, who may have liked the challenge, but the toddlers didn’t really get it. However the correct animal was hidden behind a flap so the toddlers enjoyed opening the flaps.
In some ways I felt that the author didn’t really know who he was writing for. The pictures, and flaps were more like a toddler book, but the words and puzzles were more appropriate for older children.
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