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Children's Book club - Meet the Parents by Peter Bently and Sarah Ogilvie

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 02-Jan-14 17:34:36

Meet the Parents is the brilliant new book by Roald Dahl Funny prize winner Peter Bently. Meet the Parents will be enjoyed as much by parents as children, with lots of recognisable family scenarios played out in rhyming text and glorious, vibrant illustrations from Sarah Ogilvie, the artist behind Dogs Don't Do Ballet.

If you fancy getting your hands on a copy and reviewing, apply here. There's also some great downloadable activities on the Meet the Parents activity worksheet. If you've been selected to receive a copy, we'll email you on 7 Jan and don't forget to report back if you're one of the lucky 50.

AliceMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 07-Jan-14 15:27:14

This giveaway is now closed. We will notify those who have been selected via email and they will receive a free copy of the book.

ktmd Thu 09-Jan-14 11:04:22

Just received this book and I must say I'm impressed. Funny, pacy, rhyming text moves the story on quickly, with the added bonus of detailed illustrations which draw the reader to return for closer inspection. Children and their long suffering parents will recognise and laugh at the many familiar scenarios, including parents as care givers and donkeys!

The final page delightfully encourages children and their parents to TICKLE! A warm and funny classic. Highly recommended.

bettybooboo1 Thu 09-Jan-14 11:37:02

Just received my copy and it's great - really lovely illustrations and funny text. Thanks!

sassie25uk Thu 09-Jan-14 11:51:50

Recieved this today and have found it very amusing. The drawings are lovely bright and colourful. The story is funny and I love rhyming books. Can see this being a classic of the future.


sarahyewman Thu 09-Jan-14 14:05:46

We ADORE this book! And when I say 'We' I mean it. Both my husband and I and the children. We all had different empathies towards different pages in the book and it made all 5 of us laugh out loud at some point. See my review here:

CarmonEileen Thu 09-Jan-14 14:19:56

Received the book this morning, Thank you. Its Dd birthday today so she will be over the moon at home time. Will report back once we have read the book.

Jweight100 Thu 09-Jan-14 16:54:06

Received this book today, what a treat it is. Touching, funny and very true to life. A delight for children and adults alike, can't wait to read it to my little ones at bedtime.

Lilybensmum1 Thu 09-Jan-14 19:40:39

Received our copy of meet the parents today and we have really enjoyed it, my DH and I read through it first and it made us laugh as we can relate to everything in the book that us parents do for our children, my 6 year old DD read it with me and described it as 'nice and funny' I won't spoil the end but she said that it is her fave bit as it's something we all do as a family. My DD thought the illustrations were really funny.

Highly recommend had a lovely rhyming text and great illustrations. Thanks for giving us the chance to review this.

HazelDormouse Thu 09-Jan-14 20:23:42

Thank you for this warm hearted picture book. I really like Sara Ogilvie's style of illustrations. (Very, very sad person that I am, I will also admit to appreciating the quality of the paper cover of this picture book, same as 'Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes'.) Ds (4) thought it was funny and enjoyed a quick 'tickle' before going to sleep. DH thought it was great length for a bedtime read.

violetwellies Thu 09-Jan-14 21:37:59

Than you for the book, received today, it didnt really 'do it' for me, but DS (2.5) loves it, although neither of us thought it was funny we have read it lots already.

Much appreciated, if only for the fact that it has given me a break from Slinky Malinki (I love L Dodd but we do have to read them many, many times). I did like the rhythm of the book, however if it becomes a favourite it may have to get left at Grandad's.

fourmonthstogo Thu 09-Jan-14 21:48:49

Thank you for the book, which arrived today. The prose is good, nice to read and flows well, and the illustrations are lovely. They prompted lots of discussion with my daughter and made her laugh. She is 3 next week and it was clearly a hit as she wanted me to read it three times in a row!

BlackSusie2004 Fri 10-Jan-14 07:27:23

The book arrived yesterday and is already a hit, we found we could relate to quite a few of the uses for parents, and we all enjoyed the ending, even if it did get a bit out if hand!
I intend to ensure my daughter has Meet the Parents read to her so much that it becomes ingrained in her psychi, and hopefully, when she hits the teenage years she'll remember that we're not all bad!

RAZDAZ Fri 10-Jan-14 08:50:00

Thank you for the book. Once I had explained what Parents were we really enjoyed reading the book together. although James does prefer the Parents to be called Mummy and Daddy and did change it when explain the book to my husband. Loved the tickles at the end.

chris69 Fri 10-Jan-14 16:19:09

Just received my copy of the book,and it was instantly a huge hit! Funny, witty and exquisitly illustrated my 5year old nieces fell in love with it from the first page as did my 12 year old! As a parent I could definitely identify with the theme of what parents do, this book is definitely a keeper.
Thank you Mumsnet.

mazgoli Fri 10-Jan-14 16:50:21

My copy arrived today. Lovely quality feel to the cover, even though it's paperback I think it will last well. I actually don't think I'll read it to my 2 year old granddaughter as the first page is all about parents nagging and bossing and she hasn't reached that stage yet - she's just really keen to help out and do what is asked of her.
But for a child of 4 or 5 I think it would be much more suitable. The style of the book is lovely, the illustrations are quite busy - just like our lives as parents, and all the scenarios are lovely and so true!
All in all, it's a fun book.

Tailtwister Fri 10-Jan-14 19:55:11

Our copy arrived today and it was a huge hit with both DS1 (5) and DS2 (3). The illustrations are lovely and they laughed like drains throughout the whole thing!

I agree with others that although our 3yo loved it, it would probably be more suited to a slightly older child. DS1 really understood why it was funny, whereas DS2 was laughing more because we all were I think. They did both love the finale of tickles though and were begging to read it at bedtime so DH could do it.

cavylover Sat 11-Jan-14 20:02:40

Thank you for the copy of this book. Very enjoyable book with lovely clever illustrations coupled with a rhyming story which is great fun for parents and children alike to read together and have a laugh. Very familiar themes mentioned which are easy to relate to. All in all an excellent read.

stealthsquiggle Sun 12-Jan-14 17:21:19

DD is possibly a little old for this at 7, but she still loved it. She read it by herself and then I read it at bedtime - she went through the book telling me which things I did and didn't do (she was feeling conciliatory, having been a complete nightmare all evening so I got off quite lightly, although we had some discussion about the "donkey" page smile). I loved it too - it's beautifully produced, nice to read and the pictures are wonderfully detailed. I shall definitely be buying it for some of the younger DC of my acquaintance - I think about 5 is probably the ideal age to appreciate it.

lottietiger Sun 12-Jan-14 18:08:54

DS is only 1 but really loved this book, its bright and colourful and ends up with him being tickled! This will definitely be a book we can keep for a long time, as now he just like the pictures but in a couple of years he can relate to the words. I thought the illustrations were of really good quality and brought the words to life. Nice to have a book about parents for children rather than the other way round!. Thanks for a copy of this book, it was really enjoyable.

Uzma01 Mon 13-Jan-14 10:44:10

I got this book late last week and have to say - it looked amazing. Just read it to the children, both of whom loved it - especially the end.

The text is simple and funny, the illustrations are lovely - sure to be a much loved classic soon. I'm sure my son will be reading it all by himself soon enough.

Thanks for sending us a copy.

FoFeeFiMum Mon 13-Jan-14 18:15:32

Received my book last week and was very impressed with the illustrations - lovely, amusing pictures with lots going on to discuss as you read.

Both DS 4.5 and DD 2.5 loved the story (in fact DD has just demanded another re-read on seeing me with it now).

It has a lovely rhythm and is amusing for even younger children, with things they can all relate to. Happily DS was more appalled than amused at the thought of somebody wiping their dirty hands all over their DM :-)

JimmyCorkhill Tue 14-Jan-14 18:39:18

Got it today. A beautiful book. Lovely paper quality blush which I am impressed by. The illustrations are beautiful, lots of detail to pick out. So true to our life too, especially the mum is a donkey part! Brilliant way to end on tickles too. DD (age 3) really enjoyed it. Think this will be a bedtime favourite. Thank you so much for a wonderful free gift, we very much appreciate it smile

janney3 Tue 14-Jan-14 20:23:16

We all love this book and have read and reread numerous since it's arrival last week. My 12 year old really enjoys reading it to my younger children and they are all giggling at various points throughout the book.

The illustrations are superb and the rhyming words are so true.

Thank-you for a lovely book that will be enjoyed and remembered for years to come.

2014isanewyear Wed 15-Jan-14 19:44:46

My DD loves the book and it has been read numerous times since it arrived.
The illustrations are wonderful and DD loves picking out all the details whilst we read it.
Thank you for a lovely book.

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