Monday, August 3, 2015

Calm Down, Boris (10th Anniversary Edition) by Sam Lloyd (Templar Publishing)


I am genuinely surprised that there's no ReadItDaddy review for "Calm Down, Boris!" - I checked, I double checked, I triple checked, I even checked down the back of the sofa but none exists! Until now!
This was actually one of the very first books we bought Charlotte back when she was a fidgety little bundle exercising her eyes (and teeth) on books for the first time. This bold board book has a fantastic story, it's knockabout fun but that's not the chief lure. It includes a big fluffy frizzy orange dude, a monster called Boris! Boris (shhh don't tell anyone, but he's a hand puppet) is the star of his very own kissy kissy story - and if there's one sure fire way to catch a tiny baby's attention it's with a big bold and colourful character like this. Both my wife and I perfected our storytelling with Boris performing his trademark frizzy tickly "Kissy Kissy Kissy" at appropriate points during the tale.

I can't believe this book is 10 years old (then again I can't quite believe Charlotte is nearly 8!!) We love this book and it was quite amusing to see a 7 year old squirming with giggling girlish ticklish glee as we told the story to her in exactly the same way we always did (and she still giggles a lot!!)

Our original copy was donated to Charlotte's new baby cousin so it's lovely to have a nice new sparkly-covered version to read through and enjoy once more!


Charlotte's favourite bit: Boris is tickly and giggly, but a brave little monster too!

Daddy's Favourite bit: It's an utter genius idea in book form, a nice big bright tickly monster of your very own to help you read and act out this fabulous knockabout tale. Kissy Kissy KISSY!!!


Calm Down Boris (10th Anniversary Edition)

Written and Illustrated by
Sam Lloyd

Published by Templar Publishing

Release Date: 3rd August 2015

(Kindly sent to us for review by Templar Publishing)

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