October picture book of the month - What's The Time, Mr Wolf? by Debi Gliori

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Oct-12 09:59:56

Our October picture book of the month is Debi Gliori's delightful What's The Time Mr Wolf which follows Mr Wolf on his daily routine from breakfast to bedtime. During the course of the day he bumps into some familiar characters including The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. Showing the usually villainous wolf in a whole new life, Debi Gliori's beautiful illustrations make this a perfect bedtime story book. If you would like to share this book with your children and join the discussion this month, visit the October picture book of the month page and apply for one of fifty free copies before 10am on Wednesday 3 October.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Oct-12 13:05:55

The book giveaway is closed now and we're sending over the details of fifty winners to the publishers. The books will be sent out over the next few days. If you receive a book, please do post on this thread and let us know what you and your children think about the book.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 06-Oct-12 12:35:08

We received a copy of What's the Time, Mr Wolf this morning - thank you very much smile Have read it to DS, and DD took it off to read by herself. She says it's "fantastic and very funny" smile Definitely a hit in our house!

BartletForTeamGB Sat 06-Oct-12 13:27:27

It arrived this morning. The pictures are lovely, referencing lots of fairytales. DS is only 2 so I think he is a bit young to get the references at the moment, but he loved sitting in bed with me (the post arrived very early!) looking at all the pictures and spotting different things and creatures.

Firewall Sat 06-Oct-12 15:58:59

Thank you so much! Received a copy this morning! It is AMAZING! Absolutely hilarious and beautiful! Definitely one for the parents... And children! Fab book! What a breath of fresh air!

Indith Sat 06-Oct-12 16:03:12

Argh! Missed it!

Ok so I should have a brain and be able to remember that it is at the start of the month but I don't.

Questions- Why is the giveaway not stickied during the 24 hours we have to sign up?

And I am sure I'm set up for all the newletters but I never seem to get one with this in? Is there one just ahead of time with the details that I'm missing or is ther not one?

Indith Sat 06-Oct-12 16:06:32

The book sounds fab too <<sulks>>

Can't complain too much, I've had a couple of lovely ones form the giveaways. smile

Indith Sat 06-Oct-12 16:20:15

Oh just seen that the picture and chapter books were in the parenting news but the parenting news arrived in my inbox on the 4th so too late for this anyway. Is there some way this could be fixed so that we don't have to remember to check the childrens books section at the start of the month please?

Also can we please have suggested ages? Picture books obviously aimed at younger ones but it can be hard to see what age the chapter books are aimed at.

And just in case you think I'm complaining too much I think the book of the month this is great, even if I don't sign up or win a book it is a great way of finding out about an author I might not have heard about before. smile

modernbear Sat 06-Oct-12 20:04:13

Thank you for the picture book. Beautifully illustrated. Cleverly written. Was rather worried about the mention of 'bacon sandwiches' though. DS likes ham and bacon but doesn't understand, at the moment, where it comes from. However, no need to worry, he was totally oblivious. I think he was concentrating hard on the pictures. I am not too sure if he recognized any of the references or not. (Still only two.) That will come I am sure. Likely to be a firm favourite.

TheMightyMojoceratops Sat 06-Oct-12 20:13:37

Thank you! DD loved it, and it reminded me a bit of "Each Peach Pear Plum", another family favourite, in that we both enjoyed spotting the details in the pictures and recognising other fairy tales woven into the story. Beautifully done.

DuchessofMalfi Sun 07-Oct-12 07:17:38

We love Each Peach Pear Plum too smile.

DS was picking out the nursery rhyme characters he recognised last night when we read it again.

BartletForTeamGB Sun 07-Oct-12 08:24:54

I thought the reference to bacon sandwiches was funny! Why can't children know where it comes from?!

Bosgrove Sun 07-Oct-12 14:39:31

Thank you for the book, the girls and I were very excited when it arrived yesterday, and are looking forward to being able to read together.

Firewall Sun 07-Oct-12 19:47:57

Thank you , we received the book slightly damaged however it didn't deter from the wonderful story and pictures.

Firewall Sun 07-Oct-12 19:49:43

Double review! Didn't realise OH had submitted a review already.

Bunnygotwhacked Mon 08-Oct-12 19:31:41

Lovely pictures ds 5 loves the story have read it together for three consecutive nights now and he likes to look at it after i have gone downstairs.

Bosgrove Tue 09-Oct-12 10:42:39

I have now read the book to DD2 (age 3), she loved it and wanted it read again straight away.

The book has picture of clocks on each page which she can look for as the story is read to her, and familiar characters from other tales. With the repetition with the "What's the time Mister Wolf" she can join in and feel like she is reading too.

There is still lots of details that we can pick out in the pictures, so there is a lot that can be talked about, therefore it can be a quick read story or a long story depending on the amount of time that you have when you are reading it.

It will be interesting to see want her elder siblings think about the book, but I feel they could enjoy the story too.

RillaBlythe Tue 09-Oct-12 10:52:43

modernbear your comment about the bacon sandwiches seems really odd to me. If you are meat-eaters i.e. see no ethical objections to eating meat, why can't you tell the truth to your DS about where the meat comes from?!

Anyway, we really liked the book too - have read it several times since it arrived on Friday. I like the references to the different fairy tales/nursery rhymes, and the way your expectations are subverted. Lovely detail to the illustration.

LittleRaindrop Thu 11-Oct-12 16:48:31

Our book arrived on Tuesday, it is fantastic. The illustrations are beautiful and I love the way the text and pictures are subtle references to other stories. I think I got much more out these references than my kids (4 and 6) but we had fun talking about it together.

slev Tue 16-Oct-12 11:54:08

We received our copy last week and another thumbs up here!

DS is 2 so as others have said, didn't really get all the fairy tale references, but it didn't stop him enjoying the story and shouting "What's the time, Mr Wolf?". And he loves pointing everything out in the pictures as there's lots to look out for.

And I found it quite funny - including the bacon sandwiches line! - which is always a bonus when you know you're going to be reading the same book over and over again....

dinkystinky Wed 17-Oct-12 12:23:54

We got our copy of whats the time mr wolf last week and both DS1 (aged 6 - read it out loud) and DS2 (aged 3) loved it. DS1 got all the fairy tale references and DS2 got some too. I loved the illustrations - and the nice twist with the party for Mr Wolf.

Osmiornica Wed 17-Oct-12 18:13:04

Thank you Mumsnet. I received a copy too (no email though). Both my children seem to really like this book and it's not too annoying to read. My youngest likes me to sing the corresponding nursery rhymes which is fun. It's becoming a firm favourite.

bakingqueen Wed 17-Oct-12 22:59:45

My son loved this book plenty to talk about in the illudstrations and loved the references to other fairy stories although that was lost in my son. Would recommed thi sbook to others definatly

Eirwen Thu 18-Oct-12 09:02:54

Thank you Mumsnet and Bloomsbury for the free copy which arrived last week. This is a lovely book both in text and pictures. There is so much in it. The illustrations are gorgeous. We have re-read and found more to see each time. We loved the false teeth in the jug on the bedside table !!! Already a favourite in this house! As above, I would recommend to others.

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