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Short and sweet...the book that is!
A Squash And A Squeeze
Member Name: Decanus
A Squash And A Squeeze
Advantages: easy to read, colourful, fun
Disadvantages: quite short, perhaps a little repetitive
My daughter, and now by extension my wife and I, has been a fan of Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler's books ever since she discovered the Gruffalo; the consistent style of easy to read, simple (but fun) stories, together with the quirky and distinctive artwork that stretch across all their books make them very accessible to even the very young; in fact, especially the very young (and young at heart!)
A Bit of Background...
A Squash and a Squeeze was Julia Donaldson's first ever book, which span out of her previous career as a writer of catchy, simple songs for childrens tv. It actually began life as a televison song, and was developed into a book. Interestingly, Alex Scheffler was chosen by the publisher to illustrate, they were not a dynamic duo from the start, something I just assumed. I hope whoever placed them together got a big bonus! The book was published in 1993.
First impressions of the book are good; its a hardback, nice colourful cover and inner cover sleeves. The illustrations are large, some full page, and funny, appealing to children and adults alike, and perfectly complement the story. The story is told in simple rhyme, and has a nice underlying theme to appreciate what you have in life.
An old lady is dissatisfied with her home, finding it too small, and seeks the advice of a wise old man. Strangely, he advises her to move her hen into the house as well, which just makes things even worse. He then tells her to move in her other animals, one by one, ( goat, pig, cow). By now, the house is impossibly full, and the old lady is beside herself ('my house is a squash and a squeeze'); the old man then advises her to take all the animals out...'just look at my house, its enormous now'!
While not quite as polished as Donaldson and Scheffler's later works, it is 32 pages of fun, with the added bonus of a nice moral. Perfect bedtime reading...
For my daughter, obviously.
Summary: Not the best of Donaldson's books, but still better than most other children's books.