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"Not for the very young…"
I have enjoyed reading this book to my grandson some where abit difficult to keep him interested but it's a book that will grow with himRead moreLess
"not too heavy ten short stories…"
The Book Of Bedtime Stories is a great mix of ten short stories for young children. It is wonderful for bedtime when you don't have a lot of time but just want a short read for your kids, pick one of the stories available.
The book has wonderful pictures and images for the kids to look at and try and join in while you are reading to them. All of the stories kept their attention so the book makes a good read to keep them entertained.Read moreLess
"Great collection of stories to make for enjoyable bedtime reading.…"
This is a great collection of stories. I love - and my son loves - 'Time for Bed' as, with the excellent illustrations, he can recognise some of the things we do before bed and he enjoys me reading it to him before he goes to sleep. We also love 'Princess Imogen's Independent Day' and I think 'When Polly Jumped Over the Moon' is a very clever story. It's not too long a book, the stories are wonderfully written and the illustrations are great. It's a good size, too. I am very impressed with the quality of this book and would definitely recommend to other parents!Read moreLess
"Interesting variety of stories with a couple of good twists!…"
A good collection of stories with interesting twists. I read about half to my almost 3 year old, but, whereas the themes i.e. cow trying to jump over the moon or a toddler dressing herself were suitable for her age, a lot of the language and the density of prose versus pictures was perhaps aimed at an older child, so I had to work to keep her attention. The stories I have read so far are of a high calibre and it is a nice gift to receive. It would be best suited to 4/5+ range I think or a family with an older child too for some of stories.Read moreLess
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"a beautiful collection of stories…"
I got the book in the post yesterday in return for a review and once I started to read it I had to finish all ten stories at once (even though my toddler moved on to doing other things). Being an illustrator myself, I pay a lot of attention to the aesthetics in books and generally I'm not too keen on compendiums featuring several illustrators. Very often they really do not belong together. I was plesantly surprised by this book, it looks lovely and there are some beautiful images in there. The only disappointment was the Princess Imogen's story which I loved, but felt somehow was let down by the imagery. The stories themselves are quirky and fascinating and am sure will be a favourite bedtime read at our house in some time. There are so many talented storytellers out there!Read moreLess
"Give The Book Of Bedtime Stories a VIP space on your book shelf !…"
Do you and your children enjoy reading bedtime stories together? If the answer is "yes" then you should give The Book Of Bedtime Stories by Walker Books a VIP space on your book shelf and be prepared for some quality family reading time!
Thanks to Mumsnet my family and I were given the chance to read and review The Book Of Bedtime Stories and we really enjoyed getting the chance to do so*. Each story has been individually chosen by Michael Rosen from over 400 entries submitted to the Mumsnet and Gransnet children's story competition.
With ten beautifully written stories taking between five and ten minutes to read (please see the list of stories below), when I asked my girls to choose their favourite story they had trouble doing so but when pushed my six year old chose 'A Parcel For Theo' and my three year old chose 'The Dancing Bear'. Personally my favourite's were 'Allie To The Rescue' and 'The Night Thief And The Moon' which in my opinion should be made into a short film as the narrative is unbelievably descriptive and really provokes the imagination! If I was to say anything negative the only thing missing from this book are some more funny stories! Although each story included is beautifully written and most are very classic in their nature we do like a bit of a giggle in our house as well. Never the less this doesn't take away from the fact that we all really enjoy reading these stories together and The Book Of Bedtime Stories is currently on top of the pile!
The ten prize winning stories are listed below with a brief description of what you will find:
Time For Bed - A story about a little boy and his adventures before bed.
When Polly Jumped Over The Moon - A young cow who achieves her dream.
The Sheriff Of Rusty Nail - A sheriff who won't ride a horse but chooses a pig instead.
Bedtime At The Lighthouse - A story of two children staying with their grandparents who live below a light house.
Celeste, Who Sang To The Stars - An intriguing tale of a little girl who rescues the stars.
Allie To The Rescue - The adventures of an alpaca at her new home.
Princess Imogen's Independent Day - A princess who wants to do it all herself only to find that story time is best spent with others.
The Dancing Bear - A tale of an unusual friendship between a bear and a little girl.
A Parcel For Theo - A great little story about a boy and his lost toy jaguar.
The Night Thief And The Moon - A story of a blue creature who rises once every 100 years.
The Book Of Bedtime Stories is available from most book shops and if you need some new children's stories should definitely be on your shopping list.Read moreLess