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Big Books for Little Hands  Celebrating the joy of books intended for children. 📚 A personal blog on the books I enjoy with my 5yo, 3yo & the baby. 📚

Jarvis' illustration is bold and fresh – stylish enough for us grown-ups and fun enough for the kiddos. The jungle flora is particularly Scandi-inspired in shape. And a scary croc will always be a hit with the pre-school crowd! ⠀

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Best book featuring a dinosaur, princess, dolphin or an ant... This wins best Dino as a) you can go see these dinos in @natural_history_museum and b) it's a GIRL with dinos!! Loving this #bookchallenge set by a 9yo for @angryrobotbooks 9th bday... anyone know a good book about s dolphin or an ant?! #ninerobotyears #katieandthedinosaurs #jamesmayhew #dinobook #dinosaurbook #naturalhistorymuseum #naturalhistorymuseumlondon #girlseatdinosaurs

Things aren't always what they seem - this is def a lesson worth teaching early, esp with social media's airbrushed lives! I think we all get sucked in from time to time though?
So what isn't as it seems with Alan, our scary crocodile? [MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT!] Those Big Scary Teeth come out at bedtime - they are fasle teeth! Lots of joy to be had in that surprise for a pre-schooler and Jarvis really plays it up with the illustration and lisping phonetically spelt words when Alan is toothless. 'Goodnight my thcary thappers!'

The unexpected joy in this book for me is the answer to this question. Another book may say that it’s all in your personality, who you are that makes you ‘you’ – something a superficial as some large pearly whites will not make a jot of difference. Not here. ⠀

The moral of this story is Alan DOES need his teeth to be scary. Brilliant. A bit of real-world over Instagram motivation. Never fear though, there’s a happy ending for our Alan. Turns out, he’s happier not being scary as he’s got more friends that way.⠀


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Like I said, I've got over my principled objections here. The poetry is so accomplished in it's simplicity and clarity. ⠀

And this line at the end! How ever big and wonderful the world - it's entirely true. **sob sob**⠀


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I don't love this one. I don't love the sentiment running throughout this one where it repeats refrain of 'I am small' in the face of various aspects of the big wide world.⠀

'Oceans are deep, and I am small,⠀
Mountains are steep, and I am small.'⠀

I know this is how a lot of children, and adults, feel. That the world is big and scary and it's nice to be at home and protected - where you are big and important. I do get it .. but the world's exciting and can be so wonderful when you get out into it!⠀

But I've got over my principled objections ... ⠀

#itsawonderfulworl
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These books** cleverly build up to reveal who their protagonist is as s/he finds a letter at a time. For my 3.5yo the name reveal at the end comes as a complete surprise. My 5yo new found spelling skills gives more of an inkling of what's coming!⠀

**I'm reliably informed a 'little girl' version is also available! Anyone know if it's much different to the boy one? I really hope it's literally just the boy/girl word that changes! ⠀

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What's the longest name you know of? The only down side is that these books can be on the long side especially for younger children. Though you need to bear in mind that if your name is 'Ben' the book will be a much more tolerable length than it is for the 'Esmerelda's amongst us. Personally, I think our 5-letter names are just about right. But then I chose them ...⠀


Aside from the narcissistic appeal (which, let's face it, is strong for all kids), the joy in these books is the fantastical land where the 'courageous little boy' meets all sorts of flamboyant creatures who gift him a letter to spell out his name. ⠀



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Been a bit overtaken to get on Insta this last week as a very special book has been added to our collection... along with all the shebang that it takes to organise a SIXTH birthday!!! Tho the birthdays only just been, my eldest has def felt 'clever as clever' for a good while now .. What's your favourite birthday book? So they get less know-all as they get older?! #nowwearesix #growinguptoofast #growingup

What's your favourite book with the author's child as a protagonist? Winnie the Pooh is probably the most famous. These self-published gems are the perfect way to give all children the experience of being in a book, even if you as a parent are not an accomplished children's writer! After all, what better than a story which chimes with small children's (and arguably some adults') world view where they are the omnipresent protagonist?⠀

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What's your best parenting perk? The hugs have got to be high up there on this list. ⠀

Poor Hujo’s mum can only squeeze her giant son's leg a bit – there’s no one big enough to give him a proper hug. Until that is, he meets Bigsy. ⠀

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