*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author, Clink Street Publishing and Faye Rogers at Authoright. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Help your little ones learn about fruits and vegetables with this delightful illustrated children’s book, written by childcare expert Liana Strat.
These friendly faces will make new foods fun and engaging for young children.
I’ll confess, when I flicked through Guess My Name with Veggies and Fruits before bedtime story I was a little unsure. Some of the pictures looked a little unnerving to my adult eye…I’m looking at you Manic Pumpkin and Stoner Apple!
However my misgivings were soon gone as reading this with Minishine (5) and BabyBows (2.5) was a riotous and delightful experience! The children ADORED the pictures and thought them cute and/or hilarious. The uncluttered layout really appealed to them and also allowed them to focus more on the text.
The book gives a little four-line description of each veggie or fruit, along with a picture, before revealing the name on the following page. My two really had fun, taking it in turns to shout out the answers. Minishine also tried to guess whether it would be ‘Mr’, ‘Miss’ or ‘Baby’ Carrot etc for each character, whilst BabyBows stuck to shouting out the colours and whether he likes that particular food or not (he likes all food, so this quickly became monotonous).
My only minor criticism was that the rhythm of the prose encourages you to read each ‘puzzle’ like a verse of rhyme, but the actual words don’t (or mostly don’t) rhyme! Minishine is at an age where she also noticed this, as she was trying to guess ahead where the clues were leading, but was guessing rhyming words that didn’t fit! This was a really small niggle though in what was overall a great success all round.
Bookshine: So, what did you think then?
BabyBows: I like it. I like nanas. Only nanas. And I like the other ones too. I like apples and nanas. Can I have a nana?
Bookshine: No. It’s bedtime, not snacktime. [mental note to warn you all about the dangers of food-related bedtime stories for young food-fiends!] What do you think Minishine?
Minishine [thoughtfully]: Nice. Really nice. I liked the orange and the apple best. The pictures were all nice really and funny too. Like the orange was funny ‘cos she popped up from the side! I liked in the name bits that they had a repeating pattern because I like to try to say it before you. [she’s VERY competitive!]
BabyBows [eagerly]: I like all the pictures too! And the colours. My favourite colour is orange…like Zuma [Paw Patrol] is orange. And I like nanas.
Bookshine: Yes. You can’t have one. Anything else?
Minishine: It was good.
Minishine: Awesome and good.
Overall verdict: We will definitely be reading this one again (and again), although maybe at snacktime rather than storytime! Minishine says she would recommend it to her friends. BabyBows says he is hungry. And he likes nanas.
Liana Strat is a Nanny with a Degree in Environment Protection, currently living and working in London. Originally from Romania, she moved to United Kingdom following a career in Childcare, after realising her passion for children. Inspired by the multitude of experiences encountered in this field and with a strong desire to give parents an extra tool for a good food education, she followed the path of writing.
You can buy Guess My Name with Veggies and Fruits on Amazon from 3rd October 2018.
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