Books! We love books in our house. Jack (8) and Tom (6 next week) have more books on their birthday wish lists than they do toys or games, George (4) demands stories be read to him daily, and Fred... Well, ok, Fred likes to eat books but he is only 1. At least he's enjoying them! It's a start right?
Reading has always been a big part of our family time. Even Jack still enjoys a good bedtime story along with his younger brothers. Sometimes we read a chapter of something like Harry Potter, sometimes we read something lighter like a Julia Donaldson or Sam Lloyd book (or two or three). It depends on their moods, how tired they are, and how well I think they'll listen that evening.
We like funny books. We like adventures. We like books with a twist.
These Elli Woollard books, illustrated by Benji Davies, check both those boxes!
I sat down with my younger two to read The Gaint of Jum after nursery one afternoon and they loved it. They already know so many versions of Jack and the Beanstalk that it tickled them to read a story about that giant's brother. I won't give the story away... but they really enjoyed it. George (just turned 4) spent the next hour or so quoting the giant as he played with his toys!
We read The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight for one of our bedtime stories. It's a good story of friendship with plenty of funny lines that had Jack and Tom chuckling as much as George! Fred loves the illustrations and kept interrupting the story to shout "Loooook!" and point at all the dragons.
Jack and Tom both read Swashbuckle Lil. Tom read it to me. He had pulled a face at it being a girl pirate (he's at that "I don't like girls!" stage) but had to admit that he enjoyed it. The fact that he kept laughing while he was reading was a bit of a give away! Jack read it to himself in a single sitting! He said it was "quite good, actually" which is high praise from Jack when it comes to any book which does not include Minecraft or Marvel as a main theme.
We will be keeping any eye out for more books by Elli Woollard. They are right up our street! Funny stories, cleverly written in rhyme which my kids LOVE, fabulous bright and colourful illustrations. Absolutely spot on!
Disclaimer: I applied for this review through Bloggers Required. We have been given the books for free to review and allowed to keep them. No payment was made for this review. All opinions in this review are our own.
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