Sir Laughalot: Tony Mitton & Sarah Warburton
(Orchard Books, 2010)
Sometimes, when I really love a book, I find it hard to write about it. Partially because I don’t know where to start and partially because I’ve been spending too long looking at all the lovely details in the book instead of actually writing about them! This is one of those books…
He has his shield. He had his sword.
But Laughalot is feeling… bored.
What can he do? Where can he go?
Let’s find Sir Laughalot a foe.
Try as we might (because as the reader, you are leading the child through the story), we cannot find a suitable foe. There’s a dragon, a giant and a sorceress but Laughalot isn’t really the fighting kind and finds humour in every situation which all the potentially fearsome foes end up laughing along with.
Then somehow, joyously, instead he finds the perfect match for him (and he for her) and instead chooses to “chuckle all their cares away.” A great story to lift your spirits. The rhyme is fun and flows well but the illustrations, oh the illustrations are sublime! The dragon with his very spiky teeth and wiggly nasal hair; the beautiful borders around the pictures; and the scary sorceress with her tall tower and owl…
The book has also been laid out beautifully with a great mixture of full page and small detail illustrations, differing text sizes and medieval woodcut style pictures scattered throughout. A hoot and a hit!
Disclaimer: I requested & received a copy of Sir Laughalot from Hachette 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.
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The Somethingosaur: Tony Mitton & Russell Ayto
(Harper Collins Children’s Books, 2012)
Russell Ayto and dinosaurs again 🙂 These are much nicer dinosaurs though, they’re curvy, less angular and don’t have such big sharp teeth! They’re also incidental to the story as the little somethingosaur may not be an -osaur at all…
He wanders the deserts, the swamps and the plains.
He travels through blistering heat and through rains.
He visits the places that no dino knows.
And little by little… He grows… And he grows.
An egg is lost and sits alone until out pops a very cute and very alone little… something. There are some very lovely little things in the backgrounds of the pages, like a “lost egg” poster where little Something hatches, not to mention an incredibly cute bug who follows Something on his adventure with his own story.
Something asks the dinosaurs he meets if he belongs to them but being rejected he goes on a long quest and eventually finds his mum. The mountain he climbs to get there is very dark and foreboding but there’s a happy surprise at the end. And is he really a dinosaur? Now that would be telling…
The book has gorgeous artwork throughout and a lovely happy snuggled-up-families ending. Great to read when snuggled together.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of The Something-O-Saur by HarperCollins 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.