We were lucky enough to win this collection of books from the publishers. Opinions and views are all my own.
We are brand new to Rebecca Cobb’s books, so were thrilled to win this copy of her new book ‘Hello Friend!’ along with some of her other books.
We loved all of them. The everyday situations are familiar and are written and illustrated with warmth and humour.
It’s a testament to how highly we rated them that, while I normally take one photo of a spread from the book, I found myself taking loads of each book, unable to choose which part I wanted to share most, which we liked best or thought funniest or cleverest!
Perfect for reading in those first few weeks at school or nursery (though it is emphatically not a starting school book and would be just as enjoyable at other times too) this is a book full of heart.
We see a lovely, confident little girl take a (rather uncertain) boy under her wing. Her efforts to include him, cheer him, share with him and help him – in short, to befriend him – are written written with wit, insight (as a former teacher, I had to smile as the characters were so real!) and care.
The ending is wonderful too and made me smile and smile.
Reminiscent of Jill Murphy’s skills at depicting family life, there’s an understated, observational style to this which will resonate with parents/carers.
Aunt Amelia has come to babysit and the children aren’t happy…at first! We see her carefully *ahem* following Mum and Dad’s (very sensible) instructions…
I have very fond memories of staying up too late colouring and playing with my aunt when she babysat, and of being plied with treats whenever I stayed at my grandma’s.
This book sums up brilliantly those unspoken rules of babysitting – that any actual rules will be ignored and fun will be had, treats will be eaten and bedtime will be late, then everyone will pretend otherwise in a rather knowing way the next day. Funny and perfect for that first night away from young children.
It’s lunchtime but our young protagonist is just too busy to eat! Mum insists. Luckily for our rather cross little heroine, interrupted at her work, some rather fierce looking creatures turn up to eat it for her.
There’s a few reviews pitching this as perfect for fussy eaters. I don’t have one of those (at least not yet 🤞) but I’d say it’s less a book to teach children about eating and more of a much-needed reminder to grown ups about the power of imagination, time and creativity.
Like Lunchtime, this is a story fuelled by and showcasing splendidly the power of imagination.
When a ball falls down a random hole in the garden, everyone speculates about what could be down there – from mice to moles to dragons!
This woukd be a great book to start imaginative play or conversation. Even Peapod’s dad and I were sat debating what it might be after we’d finished reading it for bedtime!
The other thing I liked about this was that dad was shown doing the washing and being a bit frightened of frogs while mum was busy having a good look. It’s small, incidental things like this addressing inequality/misconceptions/stereotypes etc that I love to see and prefer to the all singing, all dancing books *about* it (though of course there’s a place for those too!)
This is a book of imagination, of possibility, of what ifs. It is magical and I absolutely loved it.
So did Peapod!
In short, these books were the best surprise. I’d expected to read them, quite like them/think they were sweet and pop them on the shelf for another day…but they were just fab and have really stayed with me.
Rebecca Cobb is an unsung talent and a firm new favourite in our house.