Hello and welcome back to Along Came Poppy for another fantastic round-up of children's books. This time we are sharing our favourite books we read in May and there's even a little giveaway to win a copy of our top Picture Book of the Month, so keep reading...
Non-fiction Book of the Month
First up is our non-fiction choice for May, What's Hidden in the Body? This unique picture book has been written and illustrated by Aina Bestard and published by Thames & Hudson. It is the third book in the What's Hidden series and we would be quite keen to track down the other two as well! Aina's previous books are titled What's Hidden in the Woods? and What's Hidden in the Sea?
What's Hidden in the Body? is not a newly released book, but it is one we have been exploring a lot this month as the Mini Reviewers have taken a real interest in it, especially Theo (4). The reason this book is a bit different from the other body books we have come across is that it comes with coloured glasses to look through and also a pull out poster. When you look at the intricate pictures through the three different coloured lenses, as if by magic, different sections of the human body are revealed!
The incredibly quirky illustrations are accompanied by just enough factual information to introduce young children to the workings of our amazing bodies. The Mini Reviewers have been fascinated by all the things they have learned but what I really appreciate about this book is that the illustrations are educational yet remain creative and fun, which is sometimes not the case with non-fiction books. We recommend this clever book to encourage hands on learning.
Picture Book of the Month
Our Picture Book of the Month is the brilliantly funny Magna Cow written by Barry Hutchinson, illustrated by Cate James and published by Little Door Books. We have chosen this newly released book as it has given us all the giggles this month.
Here's the blurb:
Brisket longs to fit in
with the rest of the herd,but her strange magnetic powersare always causing problems.When disaster strikes,she discovers that beingdifferent is not only a good thing,sometimes it might evensave the day...
Yes, you read that correctly, this is a book about a magnetic cow called Brisket! And not only is Brisket magnetic, we are told that she also glows faintly in the dark and that all her cow friends love to dance. So as you can imagine this makes for a real laugh-out-loud story time! There is excitement too when a runaway tractor threatens to spoil the cows' dancing fun and it falls to Brisket, a rather unlikely hero, to save the day.
The Mini Reviewers just loved the illustrations throughout the book, especially those of Brisket's dancing friends in tutus but their favourite pictures were definitely the ones of Brisket accompanied by the loud "KAAALUNK" as all the metal things around the farm stick to her.
This story is a great conversation starter about many things; celebrating difference, friendship and of course, magnetism! We even went beyond the book and, inspired by the story, hunted for magnetic items around the house. Theo had a great time testing the items with his giant magnet and then separating them into magnetic and non-magnetic piles.
Chapter Book of the Month
Finally our Chapter Book of the Month was Cuddle the Magic Kitten, a book that is perfect for newly independent readers, you can read our full review here.
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We hope you have enjoyed our favourite reads from May,
what have you been reading this month?
Kate & the Mini Reviewers xx
Disclaimer: We received copies of all three books for review purposes. However, our opinions are, as always our own.
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