Friday, 20 March 2015

ReadItDaddy's Book of the Week - Week Ending 20th March 2015 - "The Great Big Book of Families" by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

The Great Big Book of Families

Written by Mary Hoffman

Illustrated by Ros Asquith

Published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

We adore books that celebrate the diversity and rich mix of people who populate our humble little planet, and what better place to start a joyous exploration of that diversity than with families themselves. In the Frances Lincoln "Great Big Book" series we've already looked at the fantastic "Great Big Green Book" that tackles the ecological issues facing our planet, but in "The Great Big Book of Families" both Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith put people firmly under the microscope, producing a vibrant and colourful book taking a look at our society from all angles.

Whether you're part of a large family, or just one or two. Whether you've got a mummy and daddy, or two mums, two dads - or live with aunties, uncles or grandparents, adopted or fostered, there's a lovely little corner of this book devoted to you and yours.

Children just love exploring this book as there are so many tiny little details crammed in, all depicted with Ros's trademark cheeky and humorous illustrations but imparting the importance of family life. The book doesn't shy away from subjects that children will inevitably find tricky and challenging at a young age (like what happens when a family unit breaks apart for any number of reasons). Ultimately though, the message is shouted loud and clear, that people are spectacular and special, and families come in all shapes and sizes, colours and creeds.

Charlotte's best bit: A book that both piqued Charlotte's curiosity, and got her enthusiastic about looking into her own family tree

Daddy's Favourite bit: A nice big hardbacked book that is a huge celebration of how diverse and amazing modern families are. A fun exploration of our world and the people who live in it that's bang up to date in attitude and scope.

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