Maverick recently sent us through their latest picture books to review so we snuggled up at bedtime to see what was in store for us this time. There are always lots of giggles and excited pointing at things in the pictures, and this time was no different ! We started off with A Box Of Socks by Amanda Brandon, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri. This is the same duo that brought us A Scarf And A Half last year (click through to read our review of that one).
Little Lionel the Lamb is back for more adventures and his wonderful Granny Mutton is still just as keen on knitting. This time, she's given up on knitting scarves and has turned to socks instead - a whole box of them for Lionel to hand out to his farmyard friends. Once again, Granny's gifts cause all sorts of mayhem as the socks all get mixed up and everyone gets the wrong pair.
As well as being great fun to read out loud, with lots of onomatopoeia (clickety-click click, tappity-tap tap, ping, whoosh, vroom zoom ...!) and hilarious (for a 5-year-old) lines such as "squishy cushions for squashy bottoms", the book has some lovely life lessons for young readers - not worrying when things go wrong because if you all work together you'll find a solution, the greatest gift being in giving rather than receiving and the best things coming to those who wait ...
... such as Granny's extra special sparkly red socks for her favourite grandson - extra special because they are soft and cosy but above all, made with love. A lovely message just after Father's Day when Pierre had been busy making homemade gifts for Madhouse Daddy. It's a fun book that celebrates the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren, as well as the joy of friendship ... and knitting !
RRP : £6.99
Disclosure : We received the book in order to write an honest review.