Are you about partied out? We certainly are! Christmas chaos, followed by New Year fun and a couple of birthday parties thrown into the m...

Party Animals

Friday, January 12, 2018 BookBairn Blog 8 Comments


Are you about partied out? We certainly are! Christmas chaos, followed by New Year fun and a couple of birthday parties thrown into the mix and we have truly danced our socks off, and played enough games of pass the parcel than we could unwrap. But seriously, it has been lots of fun.

We have one party invitation left to join the 'Party Animals' by Clea Dieudonne and it looks like a party to remember! Part narrative story and part seek-and-find this book will provide hours and hours of fun! As you unfold each page of the book part of the story is revealed - it's the hoopoe's birthday and she's having a huge party - and you get a suggestion of which animals to spot. The animals are performing an amazing balancing act, piling one on top of the other to form a teetering tower of creatures: some in fancy dress, some putting up decorations, helping with gifts and organising the food.

BookBairn loves finding the creatures that she is familiar with like the penguin, puffin, lion, crocodile, lemur, etc. But what I find fascinating about this book (if you can call it a book in the traditional sense of the word) is that it is full of less commonly celebrated creatures - armadillo, opossum, komodo dragon, alpaca, skunk, porcupine, etc. Fortunately, each page of text is bordered with mini illustrations of the animals that can been seen on that page (or that fold-out) so that dumbfounded parents, like myself, will be able to identify all the creatures without having to guess or look them all up - there's nothing worse than having a child ask a question that you have no hope of answering, right?

The illustrations are bright and colourful, and the creatures are a fun interpretation of the real thing. The party scene is certainly fun and every time we read it I spot something new and fascinating. BookBairn still finds comfort in re-finding the same things but every time I draw her attention to something different she looks for it again the next time. Mostly I think she enjoys the size of this one and unfolding it across the whole floor - such a novelty! And such fun!

This would make a great party gift!

Happy reading! And enjoy the post-party clear up!
Mummy and BookBairn xx


*Disclaimer: These books were sent to us by the publisher and we were truly delighted to receive them. Words and opinions are our own.


8 comments:

  1. I love the look of this book and look forward to partying with BookBairn to find all the animals.

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    1. We will need to make a cake if you are coming to a party!

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  2. The bright colours are definitely inviting! Thank you for sharing with #readwithme

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    1. They are great fun! I love a bright and cheery book.

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  3. This does look great fun. I'm sure my nephew would enjoy it - he loves unusual animals!

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    1. It's nice to see the lesser known animals take the limelight!

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  4. We have this one and love it too. Just trying to get some good pics of it to share! #readwithme

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    1. It's quite a tricky one to photography!

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