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#BookADayUK Reminds Me Of Someone I Love

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)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.

Penguin in Love by Salina Yoon

Penguin in Love: Salina Yoon (Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2013)

Penguin in Love: Salina Yoon (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2013)

Penguin in Love is the third in a series of picture books about Penguin and his discoveries. I want to love this book more than I do, but I just don’t get it. I don’t dislike it, but it doesn’t quite gel. However, it is beautifully illustrated and reminds me of Extra Yarn – which I also didn’t get, but which has won awards and praise so I think we’ll just ignore my opinion on books involving knitting as I’m obviously in the minority!

Penguin finds a mitten, and goes off to see who it belongs to. It doesn’t seem to belong to any of his friends and family, and he doesn’t seem to notice that it looks just like a bill-warmer so knits his own bill-warmer for a puffin, who then decides to find Penguin love. The puffins steal wool from Penguin and his friend Bootsy, they follow the trail knitting as they go and through the journey fall in love.

At least, I think that was what the story was about. There’s lots of knitting. The pictures are lovely. The wool never seems to run out. DG enjoyed the story, and I think it’s very sweet even if I don’t get it!

Suitable for toddlers, pre-schoolers and up, and will probably be enjoyed by anyone who likes penguins, snow, knitting, and warm-hearted stories. Perfect for Valentines of any age.

Disclosure: Received for review from Bloomsbury Children’s Books.