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Children’s Hour: Happy Birthday Winnie!


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.

I remember reading the original Winnie the Witch book as a child (we had the computer game too), so I was interested to see another in the series, Happy Birthday Winnie! when one of the kids brought it in for Children’s Book Week. I can’t honestly say I know why she brought it in. We had asked for favourite books, and maybe she picked it out herself, but she wasn’t very interested in it, and the other kids lost interest too when we tried to read it as a group. It’s not that it’s a bad book. It’s quite funny, and the pictures are good. It’s just a bit too old for the two year olds, some of pre-school might cope.

Buy Happy Birthday Winnie!:

Paperback (£4.49)

Paperback with CD (£7.96)

Kindle (£4.27)

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Children’s Hour: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?


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.

What I like about Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? are the beautiful pictures. It’s a very simple book with each page containing similar words

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?

I see a Red Bird looking at me

Red Bird, Red Bird, what do you see?”

This creates a simple pattern which is easy for the children to follow, and makes it a good book for them to look at independently. They love naming the different animals, and it’s great for teaching colours too. It’s one I got for my niece in the past, and it was good to be able to show it to the kids at nursery too.

There is an interesting post on Eric Carle’s blog about how Brown Bear was made.

Buy Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See:

Board book (£5.24)

Paperback (£5.24)

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Children’s Hour: Magic School (Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom)


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.

Magic School  is another one of the books which one of the kids brought in for Children’s Book Week. It’s one of a series of children’s books based on the children’s TV series Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. Holly is a fairy and Ben is an elf.

In Magic School it is Holly’s first day at magic school, and they are learning about how careful you have to be because magic can go wrong (and does with funny effects in the book). The pictures are beautiful, and I prefer the stories to Peppa Pig (which was made by the same people), they’re a bit less everyday but still have a similar tone.

The kids really enjoyed seeing the familiar characters, and a few were shouting “Ben and Holly!”

Buy Magic School:

Board Book (£3.99)

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Children’s Hour: Funnybones


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.


I remember having Funnybones  read to me as a child, and staying interested in it for a good few years. Now the kids at nursery have been introduced to it I can see that it hasn’t lost anything in the last 20 or so years. Funnybones is the first in a series about a family of skeletons. Big skeleton, little skeleton, and dog skeleton (woof!). In this first book the three skeletons go on a night time adventure to play in the park, visit the zoo, and scare somebody. But poor dog skeleton (woof!) gets scrambled up, so big skeleton, and little skeleton have to put him back together, with funny consequences. Their visit to the zoo and quest to scare somebody are no less humourous.

The kids in pre-school really enjoy this, most of them don’t really understand about the dog skeleton’s (woof!) woof getting scrambled, but find it funny nether the less, and they enjoy the song whilst the other skeletons are putting him back together.

I tried Funnybones with the toddlers too, but I think maybe they were a bit young.

Buy Funnybones:

Paperback (£4.50)

Kindle: pre-order (£5.99)

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Children’s Hour: Well Done Little Bear


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.


Bit late for Children’s Hour this week. I’ve been rather busy.

Well Done, Little Bear is one in the Big Bear, Little Bear series by Martin Waddell (who also wrote Owl Babies). In Well Done, Little Bear Little Bear wants to go exploring and does lots of exciting thing, with Big Bear always there to help him. Little Bear’s adventures get more and more risky until he slips into the river, but Big Bear soon saves him and they get across the river together. This is a lovely book to talk about people who look after us. One boy in particular really loves Little Bear and Big Bear, although he’s rather confused as to where Little Bear’s Daddy is. It’s not one we read often because it’s a bit long for the younger toddlers, but it’s getting requested a lot by this particular child, and the other older children enjoy it too.

Buy Well Done, Little Bear:

Hardback (from £1.00)

Paperback (from £1.99)

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Children’s Hour: Mister Magnolia


Children’s Hour is a new 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.

Mister Magnolia is a lucky man, he has 2 lovely sister (who play the flute), he has the biggest scooter ever which all his friends can fit on, he has a pet dinosaur, and make the biggest splash when he comes down the water chute…

“But Mister Magnolia,

Poor Mister Magnolia,

Mister Magnolia had only one boot”

This is another of the books I loved as a child and have now introduced to the kids at work (this very day in fact!). One child in particular loved the story, especially the pictures of Mister Magnolia on the water slide (seriously he actually said “Wow”) and his face gave a little look of excitement when he saw Mister Magnolia’s dinosaur (what an enormous brute). The other children especially liked it when Mister Magnolia was opening his present at the end. They were all eager to see what he got…or maybe that was just the way the story kept them waiting!

I’ve always loved Quentin Blake illustrations, and his rhymes pair perfectly. I like that he occasionally throws in words most children won’t know (like parakeet). The rhymes make the stories more interesting for the children too, and easy for them to join in with (although the only part the kids at work joined in with way “Hey! Look!”

Buy Mister Magnolia:

Paperback (£3.65)

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