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Children’s Hour: Our Favourite Books


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.

Children’s Hour is going to be a little different this week. Last week the toddlers were asked to bring in their favourite books for everyone to look at. These are some of the books we came up with (links lead to amazon):


The Tiger Who Came to Tea: We’ve discussed this one on Children’s Hour before.


Peppa Big and the Big Train: Everyone’s favourite pig, Peppa goes on the train. This was maybe a little long for a ‘first’ book but interesting enough for our toddlers.


Monkey: Let’s face it, the popular thing about tis book is the button that makes Monkey noises…I’m not even sure we got as far as reading the story, if we did it wasn’t memorable.


Dear Zoo: I’m really glad one of the kids brought this in because it’s a great book. A child writes to the zoo because he wants a pet, but they keep sending things that aren’t quite right, with each animal being revealed when a flap is lifted.


The Octonauts: The Octonauts love to explore the sea. I was fully expecting an Octonauts book to turn up as one of our kids adores the show. However he wasn’t the one who brought the book in!


White and Black: My Animals: This is a very simple book. Black and white cartoon pictures of different animals with single words saying which animal is shown.  However it has more that the animals which turn up in these books stereotypically, and the kids loved to name all the animals.

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Children’s Hour: The Tiger Who Came to Tea


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.

I had my reservations about taking The Tiger Who came to Tea to work. It’s a book I loved as a child but it is a little old fashioned now and I wasn’t sure if your kids would really connect with it. Happily my fears were unfounded. I still can’t say it’s one of the kid’s new favourites, bit it is the first one I’ve taken in which any of them has requested again without seeing it first. I don’t think they really get the whole it can’t be the milkman (or the grocer’s boy) bit, but most of it still pretty much applies. Really the wonder of the book is the idea of a tiger turning up on your doorstep, and not eating you but eating all the food in your house! The kids get very excited when the tiger arrives. One even shouts everytime Mummy asks “Who could that be?” “It’s a tiger, it’s a tiger!” until we discover that, yes, it is a tiger. The pictures are beautiful, it’s quite amazing how a a tiger can look so friendly.

As an adult I find it funny how the tiger is so smiley, and seemingly very polite, but his actions of eating all the food and drinking all the drink in the house (even drinking all the water out the tap!) really are rather impolite.

When my sister read The Tiger Who Came to Tea to my niece she said she didn’t like it so much. She said it seemed a bit anti-feminist, because Mummy had no idea what to do when the tiger had eaten all the food, so she had nothing for Daddy’s supper, then of course Daddy saved the day by taking them out to a cafe. In a way I guess my sister is right, but I can’t help loving The Tiger Who Came to Tea anyway.

Buy The Tiger Who Came to Tea:

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Children’s Book Week. (Picture Books)


Did you know that this week is Children’s Book Week?

Well I may not be a reviewer of Children’s books but how can I let a celebration of books pass by without some note?

I wanted to talk about my favourite books as a child but then I realised that I had too many favourite books as a child to have just one post. So today I’m only going to look at picture books. As a nursery worker I also want to highlight books I’ve discovered as an adult, so at some point this week there will be a (probably smaller) post on those picture books too.

Image from Amazon

Tom and Pippo- Helen Oxenbury

This series of books were probably my favourite picture books as a child. They may even be responsible for my collection of toy monkeys. I used to borrow these from the library when I was younger. My memories of the library are so strongly connected with these books. I can still see the red book box in my mind and the colourful letters which make up the Pippo logo. Pippo is a pretty simple story. It’s a story of a boy (Tom) and his toy monkey (Pippo). Pippo does everything Tom does. Sometimes Tom talks through Pippo (e.g. Pippo wanted some cheese. But I ate it). The stories are all told through Tom’s voice. Unfortunately these books are now out of print, but it’s not too difficult to find a copy on Amazon marketplace (or similar), and I bought a collection of Pippo stories for my niece this way.

Image from The Book Depository

Titch- Pat Hutchins

I think me and both my sisters read this one when we were young. The story is pretty basic. Titch is little. His brother and sister are big. His brother and sister always get the best things well Titch gets the little things. It is a bit of a thing in our family (or maybe just for Dad) to say “Titch held the nails” when someone has a little job to do! I’ve read this one to the kids at work too (I work in the toddler room of a nursery) and they still seem to like it. Apparently there is also a Titch TV show (or was), I do not like this idea one bit!

Image from Goodreads

The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle

I still think what I like most about this book is the pictures, especially the beautiful butterfly at the end. I also love the idea of the caterpillar just eating anything and everything. I’m a little unsure about how commercialised The Very Hungry Caterpillar has become but it wouldn’t stop me reading the book when I have kids of my own.

Image from The Book Depository

Two Monsters- David McKee

David McKee is probably better known for Elmer but as a child (and now actually) I always preferred Two Monsters. Two Monsters live on either side of a mountain and talk to each other through a hole, one night they have a big argument and start throwing boulders at each other over the mountain, and shouting very funny insults. I love the pictures in all David McKee books and maybe that’s why I remember them all so vividly. I also loved Not Now Bernard where Bernard gets eaten by a monster and nobody realises. As an adult the details in the pictures in I Hate my Teddy Bear make it to most interesting to look at though.

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The Tiger Who came for Tea- Judith Kerr

I loved some of the little ideas in this book. The idea of the Tiger drinking all the water in the tap, and Sophie and her mother going out to buy tiger food. It’s probably a little outdated now, with Daddy being at work, and then coming to save the day when the tiger has eaten all the food in the cupboard, but it is still a beautiful story.

Image from Amazon

Alfie and Annie-Rose- Shirley Hughes.

I still remember a lot of these stories now. Alfie gets in first where Alfie manages to lock himself in the house. The party where Alfie has to take his blanket. I remember lots of little details too like Alfie having L written on his left welly, and R on his right welly. Alfie feeding all the bears on his bowl breakfast.

Special mentions go to I Want my Potty, Each Peach Pear Plum, Where the Wild Things are, Peace at Last and Dear Zoo.

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