Mini reviews: picture books are GO!

Morning everyone!

I hope you are all well and have been reading some brilliant books recently. I’m here with some more mini reviews today. My pledge to review every book I read in the year is going well… and that’s all down to mini reviews (when you read as many books as I do, you don’t have space/time/brain power to write full on reviews of everything!)

Today’s post features three picture books I’ve read in the past few weeks that I’ve really enjoyed! So let’s go…

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My Daddies – Gareth Peter and Garry Parsons

Set off on a series of incredible adventures with an adorable family as the stories they read burst into colourful life. Battle dragons, dodge deadly dinosaurs, zoom to the moon and explore the world in a hot air balloon, before winding down in a wonderfully cosy bedtime ending.

This incredible picture book tells the story of a young girl, her two dads and the stories that fill their incredible lives. She’s adopted and this is such an incredible celebration of adoption and the joy that families can have. This ‘My Adoption Story’ page proper got me and made me weep HARD. This book made me so so happy. I am HERE FOR representation of LGBTQIA+ families and adoption! We need more of this in the world. This is a wonderful celebration of families in ALL of their goodness – not all families have a mam and a dad!

What Happened to You? by James Catchpole and Karen George

What happened to you? Was it a shark? A burglar? A lion? Did it fall off?
Every time Joe goes out the questions are the same . . . what happened to his leg? But is this even a question Joe has to answer?

This is a bloody brilliant picture book that explores the way a disabled child might want to be spoken to. Joe is asked over and over again about what happened to his leg… and after a while, he doesn’t want to keep answering them. It’s such a brilliant story to help build empathy in children – sharing this will really help children to see the world through a different lens: the lens of someone who is “different”. This book deals with qute a big issue and one that some might find dfficult to talk about in such a brilliantly child-friendly but realistic way. Done with humour and brilliantly illustrated, I just can not fault this! We need more books like this! Being different is a superpower!

Barbara Throws a Wobbler – Nadia Shireen

Barbara is in a very bad mood. She won’t admit it, but she is.
She has a problem with a sock, and at lunchtime there’s a strange pea… And even though she’s at the park with her friends, it all just gets a bit much. Suddenly Barbara’s WOBBLER is out of control! But what if Barbara and her Wobbler can work together, so she can be cheerful again?

This is one of those GLORIOUS books that comes along and just makes me so happy. I think anger is one of those emotions that we all experience, but it’s something that we really need to teach children about – we need to give them the tools to dealing with it in a healthy way. It’s not an emotion we can go our lives without feeling. Barbara starts the day in a bad mood and rather than knowing what to do about it, it gets bigger and bigger until a wobbler comes and takes over. Once she realises, then she knows she can do something about it. I loved this so much. It’s got humour, it’s got compassion and it’s got some brilliant messages. This is a book you can use across ages and it will still have an impact.

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ET VOILA. That is my post for today! I hope you guys enjoyed these mini reviews! I’d love to know what picture books you’ve been reading recently! Share with me in the comments or on twitter!

S x

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