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.
If I hadn’t used Handa’s Surprise for Children’s Hour already it would almost certainly been my pick for this week. The kids are suddenly really into it and want to read it (multiple times) everyday. One of the toddlers, who doesn’t talk much, is obsessed with the monkey taking the banana. HE keeps coming to show me the picture, pointing and saying “‘nana, monkey, awwwww”
However seeing as I have used Handa’s Surprise already I thought I would choose a book which one of the pre-schoolers brought in a few weeks ago But I Do Know All About Chocolate. It’s a Charlie and Lola book which was written to raise money for Comic Relief. I’ve encountered other Charlie and Lola books before, and I don’t think this one is as good. Charlie does always teach Lola things but this seems very much more facts thrown together with the names Charlie and Lola stamped on it.
Having said that it probably is a good way for children to get interested in fairtrade and how chocolate is made, and the kid who brought it in liked it at least. I like Lola’s voice too, it’s quite authentic I think, if a little posh!
As this was published for comic relief you cannot buy it new, however you can buy a used copy:
Paperback- used (from £0.01)