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.
Spotty and Spike and Growly Mike are best friends, they do everything together, but one day Spike finds a scooter and he isn’t Spike anymore he’s Mr Cool. Mr Cool is too cool to do the things he used to do with his friends they’re “boring”. Poor Spotty and Growly Mike feel rather rejected, but when problems come Mr Cool realises that he does need his friends, and that things are more fun with his friends.
It is a lovely story about friendship, th kids aren’t especially engaged with it most of the time however. They like it when Spike has his ‘problem’ because you can be quite dramatic, but the things which they get up to as friends aren’t as interesting for them as the differences that Panda Big and Panda Small have.
The pictures were probably the best bit of this book, eye catching and fun, and that meant the book was of an initial interest to the kids.
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