Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Woolly and Tig - Woolly at Nursery by Brian Jameson (Bantam Children's Books)

Woolly and Tig - Woolly at Nursery

Written and Illustrated by
Brian Jameson

Published by Bantam Children's Books

The awesome Woolly and Tig are stars of a CBeebies TV show where a little girl and her spider pal have all sorts of adventures. Though we don’t watch CBeebies any more, we were aware of the show and were delighted to discover a great series of children’s books have been released by Bantam to accompany the series, helping children gain a better understanding of their world and all the wonderful things in it.

In “Woolly at Nursery” Tig and Woolly enjoy all the fun and activities in nursery class. But one day Tig has a minor bump with one of her classmates. It’s the sort of thing that happens all the time when a group of toddlers play together (we’ve lost count of the amount of times Charlotte has knocked heads completely accidentally with one of her classmates) but Tig is suddenly not so keen on Nursery, and has a mysterious tummy ache next morning when Daddy is about to drop her off.

Woolly comes to the rescue. He tells Tig that sometimes when we have a worry, it’s best to talk about that worry with mum and dad, with our nursery teacher or even with the person who might have accidentally caused the problem in the first place. Woolly is always full of the best advice, and soon Tig and her nursery friend are enjoying themselves and enjoying all the fun of nursery class once more.

Books that help children deal with their anxieties are often a really good way to allay childhood fears, particularly when characters a child is familiar with (for instance, TV characters) are imparting the advice. This book is a great little read, even for children Charlotte's age who often face unfamiliar situations and have anxieties about them (for instance, in half term week, going into Activity Camps just like Charlotte is this week - so the book arrived with brilliant timing!)

With full colour photos, and clear text, it's a great addition to the Woolly and Tig range.

"Woolly at Nursery" by Brian Jameson will be published by Bantam Books on 27th February 2014.

Charlotte's best bit: Tig's classmate's reaction to Woolly!

Daddy's Favourite bit: A really great little book to help children talk about and overcome their anxieties and worries, using familiar and well-loved TV characters, a brill idea!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Bantam Children's Books)