Today I am a bit stumped. Books are such a part of my life that nearly every one reminds me of something or somewhere or someone. In light of yesterday’s news I’m tempted to to choose George’s Marvellous Medicine because it reminds me of Rik Mayall, who shaped my childhood and sense of humour.
I think I’ll twist the theme again, and choose a book about love instead.
Found: Salina Yoon (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2013)
This is such an adorable book, plus it uses an fairly easy to read font so might be good for some early readers too. Bear finds a toy bunny, and thinks its the most special thing ever. So he tries to find the bunny’s owner because he thinks the bunny must be missed so much. But Bear loves bunny too, and when the time comes to give bunny back, he does it without question but feels very sad. But then something wonderful happens, and the ending is perfection.
Did I mention that I love this book? I love this lino-print style art and really must try printing with the children again (has it really been over two years? I hope the inks are still okay!) The story is so cute, and easy to read over and over and over again (which it will be, as it will be requested lots, it is here!)
I also love the end papers, with lots of lost and found notices. They are full of such humour, my particular favourite being one of a triangular red hat and the words “LOST MY HAT – I want it back”! Perfection.
Found is a story of love and loss, and of caring and sharing. Full of emotion, it just makes me want to hug it (and my girls). We recommend it to everyone.
Disclosure: Found received for review from Bloomsbury Children’s Books.