A Book is a Book - Written by Jenny Bornholdt and illustrated by Sarah Wilkins.
A Book is a Book makes for a fun read for children, the whimsy and humour appealed to mine, and is an equally enjoyable read for older humans too, which makes it a pretty good standby gift for literature enthusiasts of any age.
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A Deal's a Deal - Written and illustrated by Stephanie Blake.
On initial glance I wasn't sure if this was going to be my type of book. I liked the illustrations, which reminded me a lot of these Andy Riley cartoons that I had a bit of an obsession with in my uni days. But generally speaking, I don't go for the gross humour type kids books. I've been been recommended plenty, but I've never felt any urge to try them. Having this book sent to my door forced the issue, and....
...I was pleasantly surprised! I really loved it! The main part of the story is quite straightforward, and very relatable. Two little bunnies are playing with their toys and both are desirous of what the other has. Oh yeah, we've all been there. What follows is a figurative tug of war, as each tries to navigate whether or not they've come out worse for the little deal they've struck. One bunny has, and so exacts revenge, in quite an unexpected way. Contrary to my pre-conception of gross humour books, I found it very funny, and immediately read it to the kids.
Not at all too gross for me, and I cackled like a hyena when I read it. Maybe I have been initiated into the 'gross humour kids books club', because I now feel quite optimistic about trying others. Eleanor thinks it's hilarious too, so there's your biggest stamp of approval.
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