Baggy Brown and the Royal Baby: Mick Inkpen (Hodder Children’s Books, reissue 2013)
Baggy Brown started life as “No. 1”, the first bear in a special line made for the first birthday of Princess Sophinyiniannia of Thingland. In error he ends up battered and worn, and in the hands of Alfie who, thinking “no one” is no name for a bear, calls him Baggy Brown. The search is on for the missing royal bear, and when Alfie sees the news he leaves home to take Baggy Brown back. Princess Sophie prefers Alfie to Baggy Brown, so a lifelong friendship ensues. And if I had time, I’d tell you that this books works just like a fairytale where children grow up, marry and live happily ever after… Mick Inkpen’s illustrations are well-loved and this reissue will do well, although it is not a sequel to the original as it appears to be, which may cause confusion.
Shhh! Don’t Wake the Royal Baby: Martha Mumford & Ada Grey (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2013)
This tale is contemporary, with a Duke and Duchess as parents who look quite like William and Kate (hat included), plus an Uncle very similar to Harry, and a Queen, and corgis. And a King. Hold on a minute, a King? As this book is pretty-much based on the current UK royal family, it seems a bit odd to have a King in it but I suppose two Dukes would be seen as confusing. Maybe Grandfather would have sufficed, as Auntie and Uncle don’t have other titles? I’m overthinking things again… The tale follows the Royal Family trying to get the Royal Baby to sleep, with a lovely nod to the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony in the form of a parachuting queen. Would be a great story to read when looking at UK current affairs. Great fun to read with lovely illustrations, this has just the right amount of silly to get small children laughing.
Disclaimer: We were sent copies of Baggy Brown and the Royal Baby by Hachette Children’s Books and Shhh! Don’t Wake the Royal Baby by Bloomsbury Children’s Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.