As I mentioned in my review of Sorry Dad! by Maxine Lee, Little Tiger Press sent some lovely books through to The Madhouse in honour of father's day, including this Me & My Daddy box set, very similar to the My Little Box of Springtime Stories that we reviewed earlier in the year. The sturdy cardboard carry box, with a Velcro fastener and plastic carry handle, contains four books and is the perfect size and weight for young children to carry to bed at storytime for some quality time with daddy.
The first book, by Tina Macnaughton, shares the title of the box set, My Daddy and Me. It's a lovely feel-good look at the special bond between children and their fathers with Little Bear telling his daddy how big/strong/special he feels when he is with him. Any dad couldn't fail to be moved by the lovely texts, especially as they're very short so beginner readers could probably manage to sound them out, as well as lovely, big, full page illustrations to look at together.
Before We Go To Bed by Sue Mongredien and Cee Biscoe focuses on the special bond children share with their grandad instead. Barney Bear wraps his grandad around his little finger, putting off bedtime with bathtime, storytime and bouncing-on-the-bed-time, until they both fall asleep together. It's a lovely, fun story with great aww-factor. If you saw the picture I posted for Silent Sunday of the kids having hilarious wheelbarrow rides up and down the garden with Madhouse Grandad, you'll know that they will totally relate to this story !
Oops-a-Daisy, by Claire Freedman and Gaby Hansen, is the lovely tale of Daddy Rabbit teaching Little Daisy how to hop, giving her words of encouragement until she manages to get it right. It gives a great life lesson to young children about practice making perfect and not giving up when the going gets tough and it also introduces lots of other animals, such as badgers, ducklings and field mice, who are also trying (and failing at first) to learn new skills.
The Very Happy Hippo by Jonathan Shipton and Sally Percy has another great life lesson, but this time it's for the dads, not the kids ! Horace the Hippo is sad because his dad is always too busy to spend any quality time with him. He comes up with a cunning but very cheeky plan and traps his dad in a cleverly built pit ! It all works out well though because his dad doesn't get angry and ends up realising just how much fun he has when he makes time for his son. I'm sure all kids would appreciate the naughty antics of the hippo, whether or not they share the sentiment of wanting to spend more time with their dads !
There's one more surprise hiding in the box along with the books - a personalisable card with a sticker sheet that can be coloured in and decorated by your child to show dad how much he means.
Pierre immediately sat down and started customising his card, hiding it away to give to Madhouse Daddy for father's day.
It's a lovely gift set that a child could give to their father or vice versa, which will guarantee some lovely father-child bonding.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £9.99
- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Little Tiger Press (5 May 2014)
- ISBN-10: 1848956606
- ISBN-13: 978-1848956605
- Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 20.4 x 2.7 cm
Disclosure : We received the product in order to write an honest review.
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