Nothing beats a good book!

Having written a blog post yesterday about words that inspire me, it seemed apt that a couple of books arrived today for Libby to review. Books are such an important part of a child’s education, whether they are formally learning from them, reading them to pass the time or, like Libby, just playing with the pages and listening to the story. I was greatly influenced by some of the books I grew up reading. They have enriched my vocabulary, broadened my knowledge and improved my writing skills. I only hope that Libby enjoys reading as much as I did. She is certainly making a great start! 

The first book Libby reviewed was “Dear Zoo Spin and Say” by Rod Campbell. This is a lovely book that has a spinner on each side of the book so that you can use it on every page. In the top left hand corner of each double page, there is a question. For example, “how many”. You then spin the spinner on each page and read the answer it lands on. 

What I loved about this book was that there were lots of lovely, colourful pictures that we could talk about, but actually reading the book didn’t take long at all. This allowed for Libby’s short attention span to be satisfied in reading it, and then we went back through and talked about the pictures and the spinner as and when they interested her. 

The second book Libby reviewed was “Wake Up Do Lydia Lou” by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Karen George. This book is aimed at children aged from two to three years, so Libby is quite a bit younger than the age it aims at. None the less, we decided to give it a go. Whilst we read the book, I was amazed at how captivated Libby was by the book. That is, until I looked properly at the cover and realised that the author had also written the Gruffalo. No surprise then that she can captivate any child, what an amazing author!  

Wake Up Do Lydia Lou is about a little girl who is sleeping when a ghost tries to wake her up to frighten her. When she won’t wake up, the ghost enlists the help of various characters, such as a kitten and a cow. Each character makes its own noise to assist in rousing the little girl. Libby loved listening to me making all of the silly noises, culminating in an enormous sneeze that finally wakes Lydia up… and made Libby dissolve into fits of hysterical giggles! 
Both books were fabulous and will definitely join our ever increasing pile of books to choose from for our evening story-time. 


  1. Emma Schwarz
    July 12, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    Dear Zoo looks great. It looks like Libby really enjoyed it – I bet she loved the animals :).

    • Natalie Ray
      July 12, 2013 / 8:24 pm

      Thanks Emma ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, she loves it, she loves them both actually. It’s always so lovely to have a new book to read with her, she finds it so exciting!

  2. Marianne Hopwood
    July 12, 2013 / 10:41 pm

    we love Dear Zoo, and when my nephew came over it was the first thing he picked up when he sat down in the kids library corner in Ollie’s room ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Natalie Ray
      July 14, 2013 / 6:30 pm

      It’s great isn’t it? I was quite shocked yesterday because Libby has massive gadget envy and is always trying to nick my computer, but she moved 2 laptops off the book so she could get to the book! she must love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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