Book Review: Guess How Much I love you, by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram

cv_guess_how_much_i_love_youAvailable in bookstores nationwide.

Sam McBratney, was born in in Northern Ireland and has written over 50 books for young readers. Anita Jeram was born in the U.K and is an author and an illustrator of children’s storybooks. She lives in Northern Ireland.

When I was asked to review this book, I couldn’t have been more pleased. This is a book I have read many times over a lot of years to the younger members of our family. Reading this book once again to one of the smaller members is for me, like reading it for the very first time. To have a child totally engrossed in the story and asking pertinent questions – for example – “what’s a hare, Grandma?” To explain the quirks of the English language to a child is just so rewarding.

Little Nutbrown Hare, who was going to bed, held on tight to Big Nutbrown Hare’s very long ears.
He wanted to be sure that Big Nutbrown Hare was listening.
“Guess how much I love you,” he said.
“Oh, I don’t think I could guess that,” said Big Nutbrown Hare.

The illustrations in this book are just beautiful, with the story unfolding in such a way that a child cannot help but be drawn in. Our grandchild is always being told through actions by the big people in her life that we all love her, so having a story that explains it in such an endearing fashion just adds to the whole thing.

This is a wonderful book that should be in every small person’s personal library.

Reviewed by Christine Frayling

Guess how much I love you: 20th Anniversary Edition
Written by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram
Published by Walker Books
ISBN 9781406358902

Book Review: A Deal’s a Deal, by Stephanie Blake

‘A Deal’s a Deal, to take back is to steal’cv_a_deals_a_deal

This book sees Simon, star of Poo Bum and Stupid Baby, head off to a friend’s house to play with cars. While he has lots of cars, none of them are red. The deal involves a toy swap that turns out to be a little unevenly-weighted in his friend’s favour.

While Poo Bum and Stupid Baby rely heavily on the quirkiness of the stories, this book sees Simon start to grow up, and I think all of the elements in the book ring very true in any pre-schoolers life. This book is on repeat in our household at the moment, with my 3-year-old son asking his father to read it twice some nights. Cars are a big part of his play, and he has recently started making friends, and finding out that sometimes they don’t behave the way you would like them to!

The illustrations are spare and stylish, with Simon being dressed as a super-hero throughout making it even cooler. The story is well-meted, highlighting numbers and colours, and has a twist that helps teach the concept of thinking things through.

Very highly recommended for 2–6 year olds.

Reviewed by Sarah Forster

A Deal’s a Deal
by Stephanie Blake
Published by Gecko Press
ISBN 9781877579844