Tuesday, 14 May 2013

There, There! By Sam McBratney and Ivan Bates (Brubaker, Ford and Friends)

If it was possible to produce lovely hugs in book-shaped packages, this book would be exactly that. Just soak up the cover for a second or two, and if that doesn't make you want to dive into this celebration of dads and kids, then you've got a heart of stone.

Sam McBratney, well known for the utterly cute and cuddly "Guess How Much I Love You" (a book that should be on every child's shelf) has once again come up trumps with the story of the delectable little bearcub Hansie (ace name!) and his dad (and mum, of course!) Hansie, like most little ones, is never far from a bump or a scrape or a grazed knee but luckily Daddy Bear is usually on hand with some soothing words, a big bear-hug and the odd plaster or two to make everything better once again.

But one day Hansie meets Dad coming home from work and poor dad is in desperate need of some tender loving care for once (Kids, particularly Charlotte take note! TLC does not mean "Tickling dad's feet until he giggles so much he has hiccups and needs a lie down!")

Endearing, touching and though it's a little early for Fathers Day, just the sort of book that should find its way into a surprise package for your dad on June 16th! Beautifully illustrated and soothingly told, it's magic and works better than any ointment or band-aid when you bump your noggin!

Charlotte's best bit: Hansie covered in plasters! Owch!

Daddy's favourite bit: As I said at the top of the review, a soothing warm and snuggly cuddle in book form. Sublime!

(Kindly sent to us for review (along with a fab paw-print!) by the awesome Booksniffer at Templar Books! Thanks champ!)