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With Halloween approaching I wanted to buy a book for my little brother that wasn't too scary but kept with the halloween theme. He has always been a large fan of the Charlie and Lola books, so I was delighted to discover this.
The plot is where Charlie makes Lola scared and being the determined little girl that she is, she wants to get him back for it. The book explores funny different ways that she can try to make him jump shown by the eye pleasing illustrations. This particular story also involves Charlie and Lola's friends Marv & Lotta that were created for the television series. While the four are having a sleepover Lotta decides to tell them a scary story to try and scare Charlie. But does it work?
There is an episode available created by Tiger Aspect originally for Playhouse Disney, that animates this book, which my little brother has also watched and loved as much as the book. I would definitely recommend giving it a watch or giving any of the Charlie and Lola series a chance because I feel it is one of the best, child programmes around at the moment.
The illustrations are really beautiful. They instantly engage the child by the use of collage and crayon, which give them a reall "handmade", child-like feel. Each of the pages are laden with many different patterns which keep the eye moving. The graphics of the font also encourage the reader to follow the words by the letters forming shapes or pictures that the child can follow. These illustrations go so well with the text of Lola and Charlie's adventurous thoughts that can be easily shown by the use of these pictures.
Lauren Child was the original illustrator of "I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato" (The first book in the Charlie & Lola series) However the books and illustration have now been taken over by "Tiger Aspect"-who also produce the television series. These new illustrations have just refined Lauren Child's original concept and style but just refined it to make it brighter and more engaging for the children.
I bought this book on offer at Waterstones with their "Children's Halloween Offer" for £3.99 but orginally it usually retails at £5.99 (hardback).
I really think that this book is worth the money and provides some real enjoyment children and adult, especially with Halloween approaching!
Charlie has this little sister called Lola...she is small and very funny! Or as Lola would argue...." I am not small, I am big!" Together the pair get up to all sorts of adventures, most of which normally end up in Charlie helping Lola to learn some kind of important lesson or in him persuading her to do something she really does not want to do! Lola can be most stubborn most of the time and often needs a little persuasion be it to do her teeth, eat a tomato or to go to bed when she is told!
In this book, Charlie makes Lola jump. Lola wants to get her revenge on Charlie but as her brother tells her, "Lola...you will NEVER make ME jump!"
Lola tries several times to no avail! She and best friend, Lotta, even dress up as ghosts to try and scare Charlie and his best friend, Marv. But Charlie and Marv see right through their disguise and refuse to be made to jump!
So, Lola decides to tell the boys a spooky bedtime story all about a couple of boys, who look a bit like Charlie and Marv, and a couple of girls, who look a bit like Lola and Lotta, who all go up to a spooky haunted castle. Can Lola finally find something to make Charlie jump? The answer comes as a big surprise right at the end of this charming, lovely tale!
The best thing about these books is their simplicity! They are great fun to read with my daughter and she has gotten to the stage with this paticular book now that she knows what is going to happen and even joins in with the story! Charlie and Lola are two of her favourites, though not as good at the minute as her beloved Toy Story friends, and she gets very excited whenever I pull out one of these books for us to read together! This is among my favourites of the Charlie And Lola books too and is always good fun to read!
Ours is a hard board version of the book so is quite hard-wearing and takes a bit of abuse but wec also have lots of soft paperback Charlie And Lola books as well. The board book was a good idea for when she was younger but also means that she can be a bhit rough with it now and not worry about damaging it either. And because it is a shiny board book, if anything sticky gets spilled on it, it is possible to wipe clean with a damp cloth!
I am not sure how much this cost us originally when we bought this now but it is available in both board and paperback editions from all good bookshops or you can get it on Amazon online for a minimal amount!
Charlie And Lola have never been this good!
I bought this book as part of a school scheme, in which the school gets money if parents buy books from a brochure that they send home. This book immediately caught my eye, because my kids (and me!) enjoy watching the popular kids TV show Charlie and Lola. They have actually made this story into an episode for TV, so I had a good idea what the story was about before buying the book.
The book is available in various formats, but I own the board book version, which is published by Puffin and retails for £5.99. The book comprises of 13 board pages, so it is robust, and can withstand rough handling.
Although the TV series was based on the books, this particular book seems to be based on the TV episode, as it has "as seen on TV" on the front cover, and the rear of the book has the logo of Tiger Aspect productions, who make the show.
The artwork in these books is lovely, because the pictures look like pictures a child would draw, so they will really appeal to younger readers. The pictures in the book look like collages, featuring a mixture of drawings and real life images, as well as images of differently textured fabrics. You could sit all day just looking at the pictures, and you would always find some detail, you hadn't noticed before. So popular are these illustrations, that the books recently featured on a BBC documentary about childrens picture books. The pictures provide a lot of opportunity to talk to your child about what is going on in the story.
The story itself is really funny, and will appeal to kids who like to scare themselves! My little boy runs away screaming, he gets so worked up when I read it, but it isn't really scary! The story is about a boy called Charlie and his little sister Lola. He is always finding ways to make her jump, but she can necer manage to make him jump, no matter how hard she tries. One night, Charlie and Lola have their friends round for a sleepover, and Lola decides to tell them all a scary story that will make them all jump. But will Charlie jump?
There is so much to love about this book. The story and pictures work together well to make a story that young kids will want to read over and over again.
Boo! Made you jump! is published by Puffin.
Charlie and Lola the ever loving sister and brother duo who children love to watch and read about. Charlie the older brother and Lola the younger sister team up again in this book which is another of my daughter's favourites.
Lola is dead set on making Charlie jump. He says he will never be able to so Lola embarks on a scary story one night when they have friends round for a sleepover. She tells of scary castles and ghostly noises but nothing is going to scare Charlie.
Lola is getting desperate, when suddenly the dog jumps on Charlie's lap and makes him jump. Lola laughs and laughs and says now she knows how to make him jump.
This is another fairly good Charlie & Lola book but nowhere near as good as some of the others. The ending is a bit weak in my opinion with the dog making Charlie jump and my daughter agreed with me without realising it. We had read the last page and she asked if that was it. We were both expecting something a little bit more at the end.
However, she enjoyed the story that Lola was telling and the expressions on their faces through the excellent illustrations that Lauren Child does. She especially liked the fact that they were both having a sleepover with a friend each and she has started asking about this for herself.
I try not to read the scary story in too scary a voice though as she does get a bit nervous if I put too much character into the books but overall this is an enjoyable read and not too long for a complete bed time story.
Book Series: Charlie and Lola