This book review was not the intended one for this week but due to an unfortunate incident which has left me without a laptop among other things and in such a distressed state, one of my staff knowing I review children’s books offered to cheer me up by reading the following book aloud to me. They say things happen for a reason……..
“BIG MUM PLUM”
Author/Illustrator: Daniel Postgate
First Published: in 2004 by Meadowside Children’s Books
Second Edition Published: 2006 by Little Bee – Imprint of Meadowside Children’s Books.
Age: 3 years and up
Opening Page: “Now listen up,” said Big Mum Plum, “And hear the words I say –
Eat your porridge everyone… you’re off to school today!”
That gave her pigs a mighty scare. They jumped from table, stool and chair
And scattered here, there, everywhere and hid themselves away.
Back Cover: Everyone hide – it’s school today! But the little ones haven’t counted on Big Mum Plum. Will school be so bad? Or will it be Big Mum Plum who is surprised?
Theme: Starting school, fear, nervousness,
Synopsis: It is first day of school for 7 little piglets and feeling scared they run off in all directions to hide. Unfortunately no one can hide from Big mum Plum. After finally dropping them off , just how did they find their first day of school? Well I’ll let you discover that little treat.
Why I liked it: Daniel is a master at putting hilarious tongue-in-cheek words in clear lyrical text surrounded by colourful cartoon illustrations sure to cause a roar of laughter from both young and old. In one of the most funniest moments Daniel shows us how not to use words to “tell” us where one little pig had hidden but instead left it for the illustrations. The text….. The next one out was Betsy-Mae. Oh what a place to hide away! Big Mum Plum she pulled the chain….. Dear Betsy won’t hide there again. I could visualise the kids laughing all the way through this book.
Activities and Findings: http://www.celiacatchpole.co.uk/illustrators/postgate-daniel.htm This is a website showing some of Daniels books also if you click on the link on the page it will trafer you to his website so you can see more of his work. He is also the author of Smelly Bill and Kevin Saves the World among many others. As a freelance author, cartoonist with over 20 years experience he has won many award in England.
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/backtoschool/ this is a great activity website for back to school activities for the kids. Love the idea of getting the kids to write a small booklet about themselves…
For more books with resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Picture Perfect Book.
I will be “off air” for a day or two for normal posting, (using only iphone), but hope to be back up soon.