There are two ways to my son's heart: making things and reading books. And chocolate. Ok, so make that three things and we'll ignore ice-cream for now.
If someone was to send my son a big box of books (and I mean big) then I would undoubtedly be indebted to that person forever, and so would The Boy. Little Tiger Press were those people.
When they first contacted me about reviewing for them, I took a little browse of their lovely and engaging site and was pleased to discover that we already had quite a few of their books. I will post in more details again about the books that they sent us, but I wanted to share two specifc books with you for the moment, both of which are picture books with a CD featuring the vocal talents of one Justin Fletcher.
"The Very Greedy Bee" by Steve Smallman and Jack Tickle
The Very Greedy Bee is a delightful tale of a little bee who is so greedy that he won't share his nectar with anyone. While all the other bees works hard, the Greedy Bee spends all day guzzling pollen and gobbling nectar. But one day, he eats just a little bit too much and when he wakes up from his snooze, he finds it impossible to fly and needs to rely on the help of some other insects to find his way home alone and scared.
The picture book is beautifully illustrated with bright watercolours and the font of the text is clear and large for older children to follow. The pages are thick and easily turned by younger children.
We really like the story as it is friendly for young children and teaches them an important lesson of not being glutonous and also being friendly to others. The story is beautifully read by Sophie Thompson (Stella in Eastenders and also known as the sister of Emma), with Justin Fletcher providing the voice of the bee with much humour and intonation. The Very Greedy Bee is a firm favourite in this household.
Smelly Peter, The Great Pea Eater
The second picture book and CD set that we were sent is the story of a young lad by the name of Peter, who is very fond of peas. It's the only thing he'll eat and as a result they've made him turn green and a little fragrant. One day, he is whisked away by aliens and becomes the king of their planet.
This book is appropriate for slightly older children than The Boy, as it does discuss 'wind' and toilet humour, all those sorts of things which appeal to young boys. It's hysterically read by Justin Fletcher as this video shows:
'The Very Greedy Bee' and 'Smelly Peter, The Great Pea Eater' are available from Little Tiger Press at £7.99
However, the very kind folk at Little Tiger Press would like to give two readers of TheBoyandMe a copy of Smelly Peter, The Great Peat Eater. To be in with a chance of winning, simply fill in all aspects of the Rafflecopter form below.
We were sent copies of this book for the purpose of this review and competition.