Friday 24 February 2012

Cheer up your Teddy Bear, Emily Brown

Emily Brown (ably assisted by her pet rabbit Stanley) has lots of wild and whacky adventures, but when a drip-drip-dripping noise comes from her Toybox, Emily Brown discovers the saddest toy in the world.

A lost, lonely and rather morose teddy bear is the subject of the latest Emily Brown book from Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton. As Charlotte has loved "That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown" (in fact we ended up bringing THAT home from the library for about the 100th time) we figured that "Cheer up your Teddy, Emily Brown" would be a pretty safe bet.

The formula feels like it's worn a bit thin though - and as great as Neal Layton's child-like illustrations and collages are, the book feels like it falls a bit flat in comparison to previous Emily Brown books.

Still quite entertaining though and Charlotte still calls her toy rabbits "Stanley".

Charlotte's best bit: The teddy bears picnic

Daddy's favourite bit: The wild and whacky situations Emily Brown "imagines" herself in.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars