Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"...and then" by Gabriel Alborozo (Child's Play)

It's not easy being an older sibling. I should know, having both a younger sister (4 years younger) and a younger brother (10 years younger) who both exhibited some distinctly squid-like behaviour during their formative years...

In Alborozo's new picture book "And Then..." you'll find the acute observations of a little girl who is definitely feeling a bit undervalued now that her little baby brother has come along.

In the story, she imagines him as a slimy wriggly squid and wants to draw attention to the fact that he really is a right royal pain in the you-know-what. The girl's fabulous little drawings impart a sorry story of little bro not being as great as everyone thinks he is.

We absolutely LOVED her rather imaginative take on what it's like to have a baby brother and I think the poor girl has a point if she was ignored on her birthday! Grr! Parents eh?

Of course, the story has a warm and cuddly ending that shows why we tolerate our younger siblings. After all, there's nothing quite like a hug from your favourite squid brother or sister is there!

Charlotte's favourite bit: When the Squid Doctor comes round to sort baby brother out!

Daddy's favourite bit: A charming and very imaginative story of sibling rivalry with a warm cuddly ending that we adored!

(Kindly sent to us by Child's Play Publishing)

"...and then.."

Written and Illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo

Published by Child's Play Publishing

Publication Date: 1st January 2016

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