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Friday Pick{ture Book} #9: The Jelly That Wouldn’t Wobble

The Jelly That Wouldn't Wobble: Angela Mitchell & Sarah Horne (Maverick Arts Publishing, 2012)

The Jelly That Wouldn’t Wobble: Angela Mitchell & Sarah Horne
(Maverick Arts Publishing, 2012)

How can you not like a book that starts with a princess’s 89th birthday? And is illustrated by Sarah Horne? Hilarious and subversive, this book is a delight for children and their adults.

“I. SAY. THIS. JELLY. DOESN’T. WOBBLE!” screeched the Princess hysterically. She prodded the jelly again and again… and again. It didn’t wobble!

Princess Lolly is distraught that her special birthday jelly won’t wobble, but the jelly doesn’t want to be eaten and refuses to. All the guests try different ways to make it wobble but nothing works until the smallest guest has a brilliant idea. This is a wonderful story, perfectly pitched and illustrated. Lots of scope for silly voices while reading and much (slightly gruesome if you think about it) humour. Look at the princess’s badge! 🙂


Maverick are fairly new on the children’s picture book scene, and we’ve been lucky to also review The Fearsome Beastie and The Dog Detectives Lost in London already (with Grandma Bendy still to come), given this selection they are definitely a name to look out for and are collecting an amazing array of talent.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of The Jelly That Wouldn’t Wobble by Maverick Arts Publishing for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

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Friday Pick{ture Book} #7 Rhino? What Rhino?

Rhino? What Rhino?: Caryl Hart & Sarah Horne
(Hodder Children’s Books, 2010)

This is a book that we first heard on CBeebies, being read as the lunchtime story by Alex Winters. It’s so quotable, that it stuck in my mind from the very first time I heard it and I’m not sure what took me so long to add a copy to the girls’ library.

Rhino? What Rhino? That cannot be true. There’s only one Rhino and he’s in the zoo.

This book is very re-readable. Both DG and MG enjoy the story. DG loves the repetition and joins in with “it must have been you!” and then says “It was you, Mummy!” and has great fun with all the different animals. MG really enjoys the humour and illustrations, and also joins in with “Rhino, What Rhino?” We’ve all taken to jokingly accusing each other for things and then saying it’s the Rhino, this book has really entered the day-to-day consciousness of the Chaos family.

There’s some lovely Rhino activities to download from Caryl’s website, featuring Sarah’s wonderful illustrations. MG, DG and I all recommend this book, with so many lines to quote, great repetition and very fun illustrations.

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