Poop poop! It’s Wind in the Willows

It’s is no secret that El likes reading. Her favourite books of all are classics such as Black Beauty, Ballet Shoes and Five Children and It. And the Railway Children, Heidi and The Secret Garden. Not forgetting A Little Princess, Little Women, White Boots, Tennis Shoes, Dancing Shoes and What Katy Did (that’s not all of them). OK, just assume she likes them all.

When your child is a really confident reader it can be hard to find books that are engaging and interesting without seeming too babyish. This is why classics are great – you’ve got a story that’s stood the test of time, language that is old-fashioned enough to be fairly challenging and a story that’s suitable for a wide age range.

So when we were asked to review a special edition of a classic book it was definitely Happy Dance Time.

The book in question is Wind in the Willows and it’s been specially produced by The Folio Society. It’s a large hardback, comes in a protective slip case, and is bound in cloth and blocked in black and gold.




The paper is quite thick and the whole package has a lovely feel to it. Most pages have a gorgeous illustration – we enjoyed the fact that these were quite old fashioned and featured delights such as Mr Toad smoking a cigar and drinking his whiskey! You don’t get so much booze and fags in children’s books these days.

Despite all this it’s still quite an innocent world, as Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger enjoy adventures by the riverbank. Just watch out for the ‘Poop Poop’ of Toad’s car!

It is a beautiful edition and we would recommend it for a very special present for your favourite reader. El is VERY CAREFUL with her copy and it’s not the kind of book you would read in the bath or take on a journey.

At £32.95 it’s not a cheap book, but it’s very much a book to keep and treasure. A keen reader would love this, or it would make a good present for a smaller child you’re hoping to entice into the love of books. El is very proud to have this on her shelf and will keep it forever and ever. And ever. And ever.

El & Jae
Poop poop!

February 7, 2013. Tags: , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Children’s book review: Project Jackalope by Emily Ecton

What a surprise (not) El has been reading again! The publishers sent us a new book called Project Jackalope to put to the bookworm test.

About the book:

A jackalope is a mythical creature which looks like a cutesy bunny rabbit but with super sharp antlers. Jeremy’s troubles begin when his eccentric neighbour, Professor Twitchett, leaves him an ‘experiment’ for safe-keeping;  a Jackalope! Then government agents show up at Jeremy’s house, everything goes crazy bananas. It seems the government wants the Jackalope for their own purposes, and they will stop at nothing to get him. Jeremy must find a way to protect the Jackalope, and himself, so he reluctantly joins forces with Agatha, his holier-than-thou genius neighbor and classmate. With the Jackalope (and his weapons-grade-antlers) tucked away in a backpack, they have only one chance to save Jack and still find a way to get their science fair projects in on time.

What El liked:

The idea and the imagination of it all. It’s a good idea and has a lot of potential. It’s written well. It’s not really my type of book but I can see lots of other people liking it.

What El didn’t like:

Well to be honest it wasn’t really my type of book. I lost interest in it a lot. However just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean that many other people wouldn’t enjoy it.
I’m also a bit worried about the age rating. There is one swear word that I noticed which I believe was not suitable for the book’s target age group (10 and up). I’m also a bit concernernd about the jackalope’s fondness for booze. But hey if that’s the legend of the jackalope then I guess it’s gotta be in the book.

This is a good book for:

Boys aged 10 and up whose parents don’t mind them reading the occasional swear word and like unusual stories.

Project Jackalope by Emily Eaton is published by Chronicle Books, price £9.99

March 10, 2012. Tags: , , , . Reviews. Leave a comment.

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