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Children’s Hour: Mr Gumpy’s Outing


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.

Mr Gumpy's Outing, book, book cover, picture book, John Burningham
Mr Gumpy’s Outing, was particularly popular with the toddlers about a year ago- in fact I think one child smuggled it out when he moved up to pre-school, I used to read i to him a lot but I haven’t seen it around for a while!

Mr Gumpy owns a boat. One days he decides to take a trip in him boat, but everyone wants to join him. Animals and children (the two things you’re not meant to work with together!), and of course they aren’t the type of animals you would usually put together, a dog and a cat and a rabbit- just to mention a few! Mr Gumpy is so nice he lets everybody join him, so long as they promise to behave…which they do- at first!

It’s quite a funny little book, plus it’s simple, and a little repetitive which makes it easy and fun for the kids to follow.

Buy Mr Gumpy’s Outing:

Paperback (£4.99)

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