Tuesday 5 June 2012

Lunchtime - Rebecca Cobb - Review

The kind folk at Macmillan sent us a lovely book to review called Lunchtime, by Rebecca Cobb.

The book we were sent is hardcover, which is my preference for reading, we find it much easier to read hardcovers to Joseph as he perches on our laps.

 From a parents perspective, I love the illustrations. They are hand drawn, there is lots of white on the page so the illustrations of the small girl and her animal friends are vibrant and really stand out, making it easy for a young child to follow the story.

There's a great ratio of words to pictures on the page, and the story is short and snappy, so perfect for 2-5 year olds. The story is quite funny for grown ups too, particularly, like me, if you have been waging the fussy eating war, or the "I'm too busy to eat mummy" war as we have, it's a reassuring read!

We often have dinosaurs sitting at the table, who threaten to eat Joseph's food if he doesn't eat it first, so I think he related to it well. 

Joseph responded well to the story, and laughed at the animal characters. He repeated the words, which is a sure sign of acceptance. The illustration style reminded me of "The Tiger Who Came to Tea", so I wonder if that's what lead to Joseph willingly accepting a new book!

I would highly recommend this lovely book, and I think its one of those that would become a firm favourite and because of the way it is written will become one of those books that makes the transition from a book that is read by the parents to being independently read.

Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb
First published 2012 by Macmillan Children's Books
ISBN 978-0-230-74952-8

1 comment:

  1. Marvellous! Gorgeous pictures. I'm trying to expand mealtime friendly books so will give this one a go. If they help Jospeh, have you tried Vegetable Glue? It's a really silly book about why you should eat your greens up!