Thursday, December 2, 2010
Written and Illustrated by Helen Cooper
Published by Corgi Children's Books
The imaginative flights of fancy of a child are the subject of Helen (Pumpkin Soup, The Baby Who Wouldn't Go To Bed) Cooper's book Tatty Ratty. When a little girl loses her favourite pet rabbit on the bus one day, she tells her parents what is happening to Tatty Ratty, the beloved bunny in question. Tatty Ratty's adventures are picked out in Helen Cooper's warm and knowingly self-referential illustrations with characters from popular nursery rhymes cropping up in the most unlikely places.
Great little book, proving that Helen Cooper can pretty much write her own cheques when it comes to being a children's author whose books are worth visiting and revisiting.
Charlotte's best bit: The cow who jumped over the moon appearing in one frame
Daddy's favourite bit: Knowing and identifying with the angst any parent goes through when a child's favourite toy is lost, and a brand new identical replacement just isn't good enough.
Rating: 4 out of 5