Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Best Friends by Mara Bergman and Nicola Slater (Hodder Children's Books)


Best Friends

Written by Mara Bergman

Illustrated by Nicola Slater

Published by Hodder Children's Books

Though we're predominantly cat people (meow!) at ReadItDaddy Towers, we cannot resist a doggy picture book and "Best Friends" by Mara Bergman and Nicola Slater is an absolute stunner.

This lovely little rhyming story tells the tale of Dexter, Daisy and Lily - three very different doggies and their very different owners. Like most dogs, Dexter Daisy and Lily are fun and mischievous and like nothing better than getting up to all sorts of shenanigans in the local park. The dogs and their young owners all meet up and soon chaos and fun ensues, and along the way the children find out that sharing and playing together is a huge amount of fun.

What caught our eye about this book, other than the utterly stunning retro-flavoured art by Nicola Slater is Mara's pitch-perfect rhyming and the glorious energy the book exudes from every page spread. From end paper to end paper, it's a charmer and if your little ones are pet obsessed, they'll love the story while you'll knowingly nod at some of the amusing antics that happen as the tale unfolds. Really love this!

Charlotte's best bit: Charlotte fell hopelessly in love with Daisy. Such a natty dresser!

Daddy's Favourite bit: Fun rhymes, utterly beautiful illustrations, a canine classic if ever I've seen one!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Hodder Children's Books)

1 comment:

Enid Richemont said...

Mara was my editor at Walker Books many years ago, so I KNOW this picture book will be brilliant. She's also a poet, and poetry and picture book texts go hand in glove, so well done, as always, Mara (and an approving 'woof' from our daughter's multi-talented dog, Hattie, down in Cornwall).