First up congratulations to Jackie who was the winner of Mr Whistler.
Lovely Gecko last week asked if I would like another book to review (um.....quality books for the shelves...that would be a yes!)
and when I cheekily asked for an extra to give away they said yes.
So very early on Tuesday morning the courier knocked on the door with a copy of Anton and the Battle.
Without wishing to be sexist this is a book that boys 'get'. By half way in they were laughing out loud - on a first reading - no extra explaining needed. It taps into that 'I'm louder, faster, stronger...' thing that seems to be ingrained into the male psyche.
(and my boys are actually lovely, pleasant and not what you would describe as 'wilful' but oh that competitive drive to push harder, higher, further....)
I had to read the book twice before we left for school, 3 times after school and then The Atlas had to read it when he got home - he loved it.
It's not all about competition, it's actually sweet too but if you like quiet, demure books then this one might not appeal. If you're all for a bit of fun and a book that has totally delighted my boys (the illustrations have been compared to Peanuts) then I think this book will really hit a note. Warning you will find out just how loudly your four-year-old can say the word 'Louder!'.
If you want a copy leave me a comment and tell me about a book you think really 'gets' your kid/s.
****As an aside I do believe a well written book can be enjoyed by anyone of any gender but as a mother of boys I know they 'get' it more than me. Obviously I make my observations as a mother of only boys. I still think it's a marvellous, enjoyable, imaginative book. ***
Closes on 20th of Feb or thereabouts! :o)