Children’s Hour is a 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.
Suddenly! is a Preston Pig story. In this one Preston is going about his day as normal…or so he believes. He doesn’t realise there is a wolf after him, but keeps managing to thwart his plans all the same.
Suddenly! has been popular with all the toddlers, but I think it’s probably more suited to the older toddlers, or maybe pre-schoolers. The younger toddlers like to spot the wolf on all the pages (in fact one today was chanting “big bad wolf” all the way through). The older toddlers though are more likely to be able to describe what the wolf is trying to do, and what has happened to the wolf. I reckon that pre-schoolers would probably get the joke at the end too, although I haven’t had the opportunity to try it out on them.
In terms of learning that makes Suddenly! a good book, but it’s also exciting, and it works best if the kids work things out, so you don’t feel like you’re asking questions for the sake of asking questions.