Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth by Paula Bowles (Bloomsbury Publishing)


Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth

Written and Illustrated by
Paula Bowles

Published by Bloomsbury Publishing

Books that celebrate children's endless curiosity always pique our interest. Curious Charlotte definitely identified with the little girl in this book for several reasons. 1) She does have a fairly messy room when she gets all her toys and books out and 2) She would definitely have pulled that piece of wool too...!

A piece of wool? Yep that's how this story starts off, with a little girl called Little Lou and a solitary strand of yarn sticking out from a huge pile of toys. Little Lou wants to know what this wriggly fuzzy piece of wool is, so like most kids, she pulls it and soon unravels a HUGE WOOLLY MAMMOTH!

Now, as you'd expect, Little Lou is a little bit surprised and scared by this new blue (and huge) visitor, and isn't quite sure that a child's room is the right place for a huge woolly mammoth. But Mammoth has other ideas, and soon Little Lou finds that curiosity can be rewarded - sometimes with an amazing friendship that stretches to the moon and back, far longer than any random piece of wool.

We won't spoil the twist in this yarn-entwined tale but it's rather lovely, in fact the whole book has that warm fuzzy cuddly feeling about it - a bit like a gigantic woolly mammoth in fact. Just never feed it dustballs otherwise you'll never get rid of it :)

Charlotte's best bit: The mammoth first appears, and he's HUGE! Eek! A little bit daunting for a little girl

Daddy's Favourite bit: Warm, fuzzy, charming and funny - and celebrates a child's endless curiosity perfectly

(Kindly sent to us for review by Bloomsbury Publishing)

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