Friday, 20 December 2013

Meet the Parents by Peter Bently and Sara Ogilvie (Simon and Schuster Children's Books)

Meet the Parents

Written by Peter Bently

Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Published by Simon and Schuster Children's Books

It's a well known fact that parents are amazingly adaptive, creative, clever and sometimes quite lovely (we are, aren't we?) But it's not often that children see all those qualities every day so it's fantastic to see Peter Bently teaming up with one of our absolute FAVOURITE children's book artists, Sara Ogilvie (one half of the talented pair responsible for one of our all-time favourite books, "The Worst Princess" along with Anna Kemp), for this corker of a book.

In "Meet the Parents", you'll get to read about and see all the things a parent is capable of. Quite talented and multitasking comes naturally. We're also brilliant at perfecting those looks of sheer exasperation as our little ones manage to do something new that completely befuddles us (and if there's one thing Sara is absolutely fantastic at, it's capturing those expressions - both on parent and child - perfectly in her work!)

There's a rather neat little panel in this where a dad is reading a book while simultaneously trying to prop up a rather saggy den. Er, that'd be me then!

This book is the perfect antidote to all those slightly schmaltzy and loved-up "I Wuv You Mummy and Daddy" books you might get given on Mothers Day or Fathers day, this book REALLY tells it how it actually is - and it's nigh on perfect!

Charlotte's best bit: Of course, the bit she found the most entertaining was the panel where Mum is getting squirted with a hose and dad is on the wrong end of a ketchup squirt!

Daddy's Favourite bit: TICKLING!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Simon and Schuster Children's Books)