Children’s Hour is the weekly feature where I look at picture books I have encountered during my work at nursery. My reviews contain children’s opinions which are usually from the children in toddler room (so they are all 2). Sometimes I also have books which my niece and nephew are enjoying too.
You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.
The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.
It’s a book that does get requested a lot, but also gets a mixed reception. The older toddlers love guessing at what might be in the box and are eager to see what it contains, but the toddlers who have only recently become two loose interest fairly quickly. There’s a fair bit of waiting to see what it is where I think the younger kids would benefit more from a less delayed discovery.
It is a good book to get the kids thinking about what might happen next, which is something the older children can do.
The tone is easy to understand and has lots of mini climaxes which keep things fairly exciting.
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