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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 13-Jun-13 09:55:25

We have 50 copies of Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt's latest book Just Imagine to giveaway. If your children enjoy creating their own stories from pictures then this is the perfect book. With intricately detailed illustrations parents and children can explore together, this really is a book to share time and time again. Apply for one of 50 free copies and if you are one of the lucky 50, do come back and let us know what you and your children think.

We're delighted that illustrator Nick Sharratt is going to be taking your questions this week in a Q&A. Nick is one of the best known children's book illustrators in the UK. He has illustrated over 40 books by Jacqueline Wilson alone, including the epic Story of Tracy Beaker. When Tracy Beaker was made into a BBC series, his illustrations were brought to life as animations in the series. Nick has also collaborated with children's authors including Jeremy Strong ( My Brother's famous bottom) Kes Gray (The Daisy Series), Giles Andrae (Pants!), Julia Donaldson and Michael Rosen.

Put your questions to Nick before the end of Thursday 20th June and we'll post up his answers on 27th.

cornflakegirl Thu 13-Jun-13 17:53:51

Ooh, I love Nick Sharratt - Ketchup on your cornflakes is a favourite with my boys. I'd like to know how he developed his distinctive illustrating style.

motherofvikings Thu 13-Jun-13 17:58:23

We have a few of his illustrations - Toddle Woddle and Goat goes to play group are so full of life! And much loved by the dc smile

What medium do you use for drawing/ illustrating? Pencil and paper or something more technical?

LaughingLen Fri 14-Jun-13 10:05:53

You Choose is a book we go back to again and again. My girls change their answers but I am always the lady engineer - in real life I have certificates for it. <proud face>

I'm also intrigued by the technical details of 'how you draw'
- have computers changed your methods
- away from the 'house style' of the childrens books do you draw in different styles or does it naturally all tend to come out 'Nick Sharratt' style.

gloriafloria Fri 14-Jun-13 12:34:32

Hi Nick,

Your illustrations have helped to inspire my two budding artists and I love that they can recognise one of your illustrations by its unique style. I think it's great that the illustrator of a children's book can be as well known to the reader as it's author.

When you were growing up what children's books did you enjoy reading and what other influences inspired you to draw?

Nosleeptillgodknowswhen Fri 14-Jun-13 12:40:11

Will Daisy ever eat her peas?

My 3 DC love You Choose and Just Imagine and Shark in the Park... I could go on and on....

homeeconomics Fri 14-Jun-13 14:00:42

My 8 yr old daughter Rosy loves Nick Sharrat and has asked a question: How many books have you illustrated and how old were you when you started?

Periwinkle007 Fri 14-Jun-13 16:14:42

oh we LOVE Nick Sharratt's work. Particularly fond of Shark in the Park.

I would like to know which is HIS favourite book he has worked on?

Firewall Fri 14-Jun-13 22:48:38

Hi Nick, your work is amazing!! I love them as much now as i did many many years ago!! And im now able to explore your picture books with my 3 year old. the first book we looked at when he was a baby was moo cow kung fu cow, which he still loves which got many laughs and giggles!
Also just wanted to say thank you for replying to a letter I sent to you when I was 9! I still have it today! It made my day when i received it! So thank you for spending time replying to letters and spending time making your letters look pretty with all your drawings!

Firewall Fri 14-Jun-13 23:02:52

And my question, you co-illustrated a few books with Sue Heap. How do you both make your illustrations look so alike? Does this mean she can draw in 'your' style?
Double act in particular always baffled me when it said you drew one twin each? And I honestly can't tell them apart!!

What is it like co-illustrating with someone? Are there any points where you secretly think you can do much of it by yourself or draw things differently?

MaisyMoo123 Fri 14-Jun-13 23:03:49

My 4 year old son LOVES 'You Choose' to the point where he's actually quite obsessed and carries it round with him! It's provided hours of happy discussions and sent us off into all sorts of wonderful imaginary worlds! Tonight he was a cowboy living on a volcano, with father Christmas for a grandpa. If he had the chance he'd like to ask Nick what he'd choose...

LizTerrine Fri 14-Jun-13 23:11:35

Ooh, my 2.7yo is a huge fan of You Choose, Toddle Waddle and Goat goes to play group. I bought him You Choose because I wanted to help his language development, and it really has - he's picked up loads of new vocab. His hands down favourite page is the food just like dear old mum, and planning deliciously decadent menus of lollipops, jellies, special chocolate and giant hams brings back the real thrill of imaginative play from my own childhood.

My question is - where does your inspiration come from? Ate you remembering your own childhood?

CairngomRockHunter Fri 14-Jun-13 23:23:02

Wow, looks like a fantastic book grin

Desperately hoping weidt a copy. The children absolutely LOVE You Choose, and this might be the inspiration needed to get the younger one writing.

Hellohippo Fri 14-Jun-13 23:32:39

We all have find memories of my mum and dad make me laugh, our mugs have been coordinated as spots and stripes since! I think it must be about 10 years ago? Was it based on your own experiences? Although I don't imagine you as grey given the colours you use.
Thanks for all the great books, my youngest loved Pants too, made her laugh so much every time.

Swimmingwithsharks Sun 16-Jun-13 15:48:00

'Just Imagine' sounds like a book my son would love. He loves 'You Choose' and 'I Don't Like Peas'.
I think Nick Sharret illustrates books in the way children see things as lists! My 5 year old wants to ask you, "Did you like illustrating ' I Don't Like Peas' "? and 'How do you know how you are going to illustrate the story?'

Rachelmumsnet - Pippa is a friend of mine. If you want to send qs for her as well, I can ask her to reply. No guarantee as she might be very busy, but I can ask.

countingdown Mon 17-Jun-13 12:40:21

I have just bought a copy of Just Imagine for my children as we all love our (now very tatty!) copy of You Choose. We've not looked at Just Imagine very much yet, but I would say that You Choose is probably the best book I have bought for my children. It is beautiful to look at, we have spent hours looking at it and talking about it. My children both have fantastic vocabularies, and I am sure that talking about You Choose so frequently has developed their vocabulary. Also, they love imaginative play - I think You Choose has given them the confidence to let their imaginations run wild!

I don't have a particular question to ask, but a HUGE thank you for such a wonderful book. I think every house should have a copy of You Choose. Not sure if children are still given 'Book Start' packs, but I think including a copy of this book would be fantastic.

johnworf Mon 24-Jun-13 13:36:25

Never Use A Knife And Fork is the dogs doodahs as far as my 5 year old is concerned. grin

Nick, what messages do you think your books give out to the (young) reader and where do you find inspiration?

This is in no way related to the book I've just mentioned wink

Clawdy Mon 24-Jun-13 14:48:43

Delighted to hear we have won a copy of the new book,sounds such fun. Big favourite in our house is Shark in the Park. My question is : Nick,what was your favourite picture book as a child?

motherofvikings Mon 24-Jun-13 15:03:00

Squeeee! We've won one too! smile
Hurry up postman!

cornflakegirl Mon 24-Jun-13 20:44:00

Just seen we've won a copy - thank you! Really looking forward to it - I think DS2 will love it.

LizTerrine Mon 24-Jun-13 20:44:19

Ooh, us too. DS will be v pleased smile.

yorkshirebound Tue 25-Jun-13 12:25:32

Feel very lucky to be on the list to get the book. Our copy of you choose is very worn by now, and still a firm favourite.

Would love to hear what inspired you and pippa to write you choose and how did you decide what options to include?

Also just seen we've won a copy. I am very excited to see what DD thinks! Currently on holiday but will post review as soon as we're back.

LaraMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Jul-13 14:30:29

We now have the answers back from Nick Sharratt, and I will be posting them up shortly.

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 14:40:45

cornflakegirl

Ooh, I love Nick Sharratt - Ketchup on your cornflakes is a favourite with my boys. I'd like to know how he developed his distinctive illustrating style.

It's really my natural way of drawing. If you looked at the pictures I drew as a boy you'd see that there's not that much difference to how I draw now. I've always liked using a clear black line and bright colours and drawing in a stylised rather than realistic way. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed more objective life and location drawing when I was at college.

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 14:41:56

motherofvikings

We have a few of his illustrations - Toddle Woddle and Goat goes to play group are so full of life! And much loved by the dc smile

What medium do you use for drawing/ illustrating? Pencil and paper or something more technical?

For most books including the two you mention the linework is drawn on cartridge paper with a very soft pencil, then I scan the drawings onto my computer, darken the lines digitally and colour in digitally too. I love using the computer to create my own textures and patterns and I'm building up a large library of them.

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 14:44:35

LaughingLen

You Choose is a book we go back to again and again. My girls change their answers but I am always the lady engineer - in real life I have certificates for it. <proud face>

I'm also intrigued by the technical details of 'how you draw'
- have computers changed your methods
- away from the 'house style' of the childrens books do you draw in different styles or does it naturally all tend to come out 'Nick Sharratt' style.

For me the computer has been a godsend. Before I got to grips with the computer I worked manually, using charcoal to achieve the line quality I like and painting in the colour with liquid acrylic inks. But it was a rather awkward and disagreeable process what with having to 'fix' the drawings with chemicals to stop them from smudging. I don't think the change in technique has altered the look of my work particularly. If you compare my earlier and more recent books I think it's quite hard to distinguish the manual artwork for the digital.

Away from the children's books I don't actually do much drawing to be honest. Illustrating takes up all my time. But I do try to do straightforward, unstylised sketches of all the places I stay in when I'm away from home. Drawing somewhere is such good way to lodge it in the memory - much better than a photograph.

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 14:45:51

gloriafloria

Hi Nick,

Your illustrations have helped to inspire my two budding artists and I love that they can recognise one of your illustrations by its unique style. I think it's great that the illustrator of a children's book can be as well known to the reader as it's author.

When you were growing up what children's books did you enjoy reading and what other influences inspired you to draw?

I read a quite a bit, though nowhere near as much as my nieces and nephew do. I loved reading the Roald Dahl books that I had. But it's really the pictures in my books that stay in my mind. Like a whole generation I was completely absorbed by the illustrations in Ladybird Books - they were so real if felt like you were stepping into them. But I never, ever thought I could do that kind of artwork.

In a different way I was fascinated by the stylised illustrations in books like The General, Two Can Toucan and The Happy Lion because I enjoyed examining how the artists were interpreting their subjects and I was hugely inspired by that as regards my own drawing. When I was a bit older I came across John Vernon Lord's work in The Giant Jam Sandwich and thought - That's exactly what I want to do for a living'.

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 14:46:52

Nosleeptillgodknowswhen

Will Daisy ever eat her peas?

My 3 DC love You Choose and Just Imagine and Shark in the Park... I could go on and on....

I don't think Daisy will ever eat her peas, do you? Her poor mum!

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 14:48:07

homeeconomics

My 8 yr old daughter Rosy loves Nick Sharrat and has asked a question: How many books have you illustrated and how old were you when you started?

I've illustrated over 200. I need to do a proper count one day! I was in my mid-twenties when I started illustrating children's books but in the years just after leaving art school I did lots of illustrations for magazines.

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 15:05:21

Periwinkle007

oh we LOVE Nick Sharratt's work. Particularly fond of Shark in the Park.

I would like to know which is HIS favourite book he has worked on?

Shark In The Park is a big favourite of mine too and possibly the one I like reading to an audience best. I'm very fond of You Choose but it was awfully hard work - chiefly because it was the first book where I was working digitally and I was having to teach myself as I went along. I remember I kept forgetting to save and then my little laptop would crash - arghhh!

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 15:13:27

Firewall

And my question, you co-illustrated a few books with Sue Heap. How do you both make your illustrations look so alike? Does this mean she can draw in 'your' style?
Double act in particular always baffled me when it said you drew one twin each? And I honestly can't tell them apart!!

What is it like co-illustrating with someone? Are there any points where you secretly think you can do much of it by yourself or draw things differently?

It's so lovely to get letters from children. When I was young it never occurred to me that you could actually write to an author or illustrator. I wish it had.

I've worked with Sue Heap a few times. For Jacqueline Wilson's book Double Act she deliberately drew in a similar way to me, with the same kind of pen, because the identical twins who share the narrative delight in confusing adults about which twin is which and we wanted to do the same with the reader. It seems like we succeeded! If you look very, very closely you'll see that we do in fact have slightly different ways of drawing and mark making.

Sue and I have done a series of books for Puffin about a boy and girl called Nick and Sue (!) and in those books we share the full colour artwork fifty/fifty and revel in the differences in our styles. The books were a lot of fun to do and it made a nice change not to be working alone. But collaborations like that can only work if the two artists are really good friends who can take from each other the honest and sometimes critical feedback necessary to make such a book work. Fortunately we are great mates!

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 15:15:03

MaisyMoo123

My 4 year old son LOVES 'You Choose' to the point where he's actually quite obsessed and carries it round with him! It's provided hours of happy discussions and sent us off into all sorts of wonderful imaginary worlds! Tonight he was a cowboy living on a volcano, with father Christmas for a grandpa. If he had the chance he'd like to ask Nick what he'd choose...

I'd wear an Elvis Presley outfit, live in a windmill, have a robot dog for a pet and eat bangers and mash!

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 15:18:12

LizTerrine

Ooh, my 2.7yo is a huge fan of You Choose, Toddle Waddle and Goat goes to play group. I bought him You Choose because I wanted to help his language development, and it really has - he's picked up loads of new vocab. His hands down favourite page is the food just like dear old mum, and planning deliciously decadent menus of lollipops, jellies, special chocolate and giant hams brings back the real thrill of imaginative play from my own childhood.

My question is - where does your inspiration come from? Are you remembering your own childhood?

I do go back to my own childhood a lot when working on a book and yes, it is a source of inspiration. I remember what interested and amused me, what level of concentration I had at various ages, how developed my sense of humour was. I guess my books are all written for the young Nick.

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 15:20:05

Hellohippo

We all have find memories of my mum and dad make me laugh, our mugs have been coordinated as spots and stripes since! I think it must be about 10 years ago? Was it based on your own experiences? Although I don't imagine you as grey given the colours you use.
Thanks for all the great books, my youngest loved Pants too, made her laugh so much every time.

I do love jolly pattern and bold colour and I think that must stem from having been a young child in the late sixties/early seventies when there was plenty of groovy imagery around that I could pick up on. But (the little boy in My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh aside) don't all children prefer bright, fun colours to tasteful, subtle shades? I'm convinced they do, which is why my palette is anything but subtle.

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 15:21:31

Swimmingwithsharks

'Just Imagine' sounds like a book my son would love. He loves 'You Choose' and 'I Don't Like Peas'.
I think Nick Sharret illustrates books in the way children see things as lists! My 5 year old wants to ask you, "Did you like illustrating ' I Don't Like Peas' "? and 'How do you know how you are going to illustrate the story?'

I particularly enjoyed working out how to illustrate 'Eat Your Peas' and how solve the problem of turning what was basically a mealtime dialogue between two static characters into a visually satisfying book. I think I heard the artist Ian Beck once say that illustrating a story is like directing a film and Eat Your Peas felt very much like that, as I settled on drawing bigger and bigger close-ups of the girl in the tale as she gets more and more determined not to eat her vegetables. As with nearly all my books I tried a few different approaches first and did plenty of rough drawings before finding the solution that I thought worked.

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 15:23:46

johnworf

Never Use A Knife And Fork is the dogs doodahs as far as my 5 year old is concerned. grin

Nick, what messages do you think your books give out to the (young) reader and where do you find inspiration?

This is in no way related to the book I've just mentioned wink

I guess the overall message I'd like to get across with is that, looking at pictures and reading words can be a huge amount of fun as well as an activity that's great to share. It's that message I'm trying to communicate as clearly as possible in my illustrations and wordplay.

NickSharratt Tue 02-Jul-13 15:24:47

Clawdy

Delighted to hear we have won a copy of the new book,sounds such fun. Big favourite in our house is Shark in the Park. My question is : Nick,what was your favourite picture book as a child?

It's too hard to choose one book. The General and The Giant Jam Sandwich would both top my list

cornflakegirl Tue 02-Jul-13 16:33:38

I need to read "Eat your peas" now. This is a really interesting Q&A - thank you. (I love The Giant Jam Sandwich - but would never have picked it as Nick's inspiration!)

cornflakegirl Tue 02-Jul-13 16:58:32

(And I've just had to buy a copy of The General, as I'd never heard of it - it's by Janet Charters and Michael Foreman if anyone is interested.)

FeverAndTheFret Tue 02-Jul-13 21:56:17

Oh!! Just seen this, such a shame I didn't see it earlier! Just wanted to add, Nick Sharratt I think youy're incredibly talented!

I too think 'Shark in the Park', and 'You Choose' are fabulous.

My 5yr old daughter loves your humour & playfulness in 'What's in the Witch's Kitchen?' - She loves opening the flaps -eg the oven- one way to reveal ordinary food,(mmm, a cherry tart) and then the other way to reveal gruesome fare (ooh! Lizard's fart!).

I used to use a book you'd written and illustrated at work, can't remember its name I'm afraid but basically, a reader could change the story as they wished by slotting in different things - theycould choose for the character to ride in a pumpkin carriage, or on a broomstick, or on a horse. (I suppose a bit like 'You Choose' but with actual physical pictures to choose). Anyway, the kids loved it, as did I, cos it showed them all that they could devise stories .

Your inventiveness is, in my view, what really makes you stand out as an illustrator/author, and your willingness to try new things(whilst working in the recognisable 'Nick Sharratt' style). Anyway, sorry for rambling!
Please keep inventing!

cornflakegirl Tue 02-Jul-13 22:00:06

Fever - we've got one of those - a change the story book - ours is Pirate Pete, but I think there are different ones. DS is surprisingly conventional in his choices when we read it!

TheThickPlottens Wed 03-Jul-13 11:08:49

Very interesting Q&A. I think I'll always saluting the Elvis Suit from now on when we read You Choose.

Firewall Wed 03-Jul-13 12:19:05

Thank you for answering my question! Fab answers and very friendly as ever!

Thank you for our copy! My LO took to it immediately! Loved all the lively pictures and kept going through them saying 'I could be like a mouse or a dragon or...' For about half an hour! We love that its jam-packed with so many colours and illustrations and so neatly done.

Really really recommend

johnworf Wed 03-Jul-13 13:11:02

Wow, Nick replied to my question. I'm feel very flattered!

Is there a thread to review his new book? Ours came today.

cavylover Wed 03-Jul-13 17:58:11

Just Imagine by Pippa Goodhart with illustrations by Nick Sharratt is an extremely visual book with top rate illustrations by the excellent Nick Sharratt. It stimulates children to use their imagination and think laterally about lots of different topics in ways they may not have thought of for themselves.

My only suggestion for improvement would be to have some means of measuring one's achievement with tasks. Not all children will appreciate such open-ended activities all the time.

SalaciousBCrumb Thu 04-Jul-13 09:18:18

Ours too Johnworf, cannot see where to review it. I'm probably as excited as the children!

LaraMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 04-Jul-13 10:08:13

johnworf

Wow, Nick replied to my question. I'm feel very flattered!

Is there a thread to review his new book? Ours came today.

Hi johnworf, we're keeping everything on one thread, as that's much easier. So book reviews are to be posted on here.

johnworf Thu 04-Jul-13 12:00:12

thanks Lara.

NoWomanNoCry Thu 04-Jul-13 13:34:43

Thank you for the copy of 'Just Imagine', we received it yesterday. My children absolutely love 'You Choose' and has long been their favourite bedtime story, so 'Just Imagine' has a lot to live up to.
As soon as they were home from school we read and looked at the book together and no surprises they loved it. I definitely think that this book is for older children than the audience of 'You Choose' as some of the pictures will need explaining. As my children are in the reception year at school I think that this book is perfect for them now. A really good book and we will have to wait and see now whether or not it becomes their new number one bedtime read! smile

lettysmith21 Thu 04-Jul-13 16:05:01

This is a wonderful book. My son enjoyed reading this with me and i know the little ones at the local preschoolwill too.

Hellohippo Thu 04-Jul-13 18:51:04

Thank you for the book, really enjoyed looking through it and great to have such detailed pictures to chat about. I found it a rather relaxing read.

johnworf Fri 05-Jul-13 12:01:32

I read this with my DD#2 last night in bed. She howled with laughter especially at the pages where they were made of things like cheese and elastic. I had to read it twice but put my foot down at a third reading.

The boy, girl and mouse characters are great; the way they change through the book. Funny little comments made by them add to the overall humour.

Nick Sharratt books are always a hit in this house and he certainly has made the grade with this book.

Great big thumbs up. grin

Lurkymclurker Sat 06-Jul-13 00:53:34

Thank you!!

We received our copy yesterday and dd 21 months has "read" it several times and gets very excited when she sees the cover.

Because of her age we were pointing out the familiar and she identified characters on a few pages that are familiar to her (motorbike and rider = daddy)

Tonight we read it together and paused on the pets page the longest with me being a sheep, dp being a pig and dd looked for a long time until she found a cat and then meowed along with our selected animal noises.

A basic understanding I know but I was amazed that she is already showing topical imagination outside of physical role play smile

I am looking forward to sharing with my friends 4 year old to see what he makes of it smile

Thank you again!

Raspberrygiggle Tue 09-Jul-13 20:03:59

My 4 year old son absolutely loves this book! As he can read by himself he loves to sit with it, reading every thing on the page and taking in all of the brightly coloured pictures. He is always shouting me over to take a look at something new he has spotted. A great book for any child! Thanks for letting us have a copy smile

cornflakegirl Tue 09-Jul-13 22:22:25

I've read this a few times with DS2 and he really likes it. The pictures are gorgeous, with lots of details to pick out. Like You Choose it will bear rereading many, many times, and I think as DS gets older it will be a good springboard to help him create his own stories about the characters.

My only criticism is that I don't think the book is as coherent as You Choose. It starts off with pages on imagining being big or small, with little scenes of the attendant opportunities and problems. But after that it seems to move away from the idea of "imagine what this would be like". The rest of the book is a mixture of exemplars of a particular thing (ages from history, wild animals) and scenes with lots of detail (magical beings, a really complicated machine). They are all really lovely, but the theme of imagining feels a little bit shoehorned in and I missed the feeling of progression that there is in You Choose.

But it is a very small niggle, and not something that seems to bother DS at all. Thank you again for such a beautiful book.

Yasmin1 Wed 10-Jul-13 10:04:05

Thanks for the book. We have You Choose too & my 4yr old absolutely loves Just Imagine. It really encourages her to express her thoughts & her very creative imagination!! The illustrations are detailed and colourful. This book is simply not a quick read, each page creates conversation & interaction with your child. Just Imagine really makes the child absorb in all the details within the book. Great Book & read.
Thanks smile

HazelDormouse Wed 10-Jul-13 21:14:11

Ds (3) loves the picture book. He has an affinity to the little white mouse which you find on each spread. (His favourite soft toy is a 'mouse'. The 'mouse' often squeaks about the images on the pages.) It is lovely to see him intensely looking through a picture book on his own. Thank you on behalf of both of us .

LizTerrine Wed 10-Jul-13 21:38:43

So, we've read Just Imagine five times today - it's going down a real treat. DS has particularly enjoyed the very large sneeze on page one, and imaging how it would feel to be small enough to have a bath in a tea cup. My favourite bit is the magical page smile.

I really like how some of the images from You Choose pop up again in this book too.

Periwinkle007 Wed 10-Jul-13 21:42:57

Just Imagine is great - it follows on nicely from You Choose and is a fantastic addition to our bookshelves (thank you for the copy). My daughters now insist on doing both books back to back though so bedtime reading is taking longer and longer. I will be recommending it to loads of people. I like how it makes them think outside the box, use their imaginations. It isn't just a story to listen to but a story to take part in and change to go in the direction you want it to. brilliant.

and thanks Nick for answering my question.

cornflakegirl Thu 11-Jul-13 21:11:12

Our copy of The General has arrived. The story is a bit random, but the pictures are really lovely. I shall keep reading it to DS until he turns into the next Nick Sharratt wink

motherofvikings Fri 12-Jul-13 08:38:38

I've finally got around to reading this with ds (4) and dd (2).

It's not really a story as such - not really a beginning, middle and end IYSWIM. BUT it has provoked much discussion. smile

Ds has looked through it saying "look!" At all the illustrations which have clearly captured his imagination and caused some giggles too.
Dd has joine in by pointing at the pictures and saying "that?" And getting me to explain everything. smile

This illustrations are brilliant and so full of life! I think it would be great for use in school as a stimulus for some creative writing or circle time too. (Said as an exteacher)

It's a lovely book, not great for a pre-bed wind down, but great for sharing and chatting about.

RedRoseMummy Mon 15-Jul-13 15:30:46

Thanks so much for our copy of Just Imagine, it has quickly become my three year old's favourite book. We've spent hours and hours with this book since it arrived and he takes it everywhere with him. He can sit down and talk about the picturs and it's really helping him with his imaginative play, something that is rapidly developing with him at the moment.

The illustrations are great, so many different ideas to talk about and explore the concept of things like 'how would that feel', 'would you like to be that particular animal?' He especially loves pointing to all of the different animals and giving them names.

This is the best book for discussion we've had for ages, we pick it up whenever we have a spare five minutes and I can't see that changing for a little while, he is utterly immersed in it.

creambun Tue 16-Jul-13 13:39:25

Thank you for our copy of the book. You Choose has always been a favourite in our house so I was really keen to see what Just Imagine would be like. I mainly signed up for this because I am a teacher and I thought Just Imagine would be brilliant for story starters and drama work with nursery / Key Stage 1. I'm not disappointed. The illustrations are bright and colourful, and there's so much going on in them. There are so many wonderful ideas in the book too, which will really get children's imaginations going and be brilliant for writing and drama work, as well as just enjoying reading and discussing the book together.

I also have two children aged 6 and 8. I know most children reading Just Imagine will be younger, but my two haven't put it down since it arrived. They 'read' the book together and sit there discussing all the things they would do and be. It's so lovely to sit and listen to them. Thank you for sending us a copy to review - I know this book is going to be very well used in our house!

SalaciousBCrumb Tue 16-Jul-13 14:14:43

Just Imagine has been a big hit, the children have been sat quietly doing it together over and over again. We love You Choose but it's nice to have an alternative!

JoolsFH Thu 18-Jul-13 17:26:52

We were one of the lucky winners of Just Imagine as well and it has already become a firm favourite with my DD (5 yrs) and DS (3 yrs). It has even inspired a rare concept of sharing. We can all sit down and read it together as like You Choose there are so many options. Another fantastic Nick Sharratt book to add to all the others we already have. Thank you.

lottietiger Wed 31-Jul-13 22:09:06

Sory for the delay in replying..Thank you for my copy of Just Imagine, its a great book that will last ages as everytime you open it there seems something new to look at. You can come up with a different story each night. My DS loves the pictures, its been great fun at bed time.

debjani Mon 19-Aug-13 11:37:50

I got 'You Choose' for my DC which was an all time favourite with her and her big sister. 'Just Imagine' is the second book in the series and my daughter thinks it's just as good as the first book and 'really imaginative'. Has Nick Sharratt thought about having the books translated? They are brilliant - colourful, fun, vibrant illustrations and a great way for children to use their imagination and learn new vocabulary. Will be keeping these for my grandchildren ;)

amapola Thu 05-Sep-13 19:17:28

Thanks for my copy. I personally prefer YOU CHOOSE but both my kids like JUST IMAGINE just as much

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