We received a copy of "Say Cheese" for Christmas last year. My daughter loves Charlie and Lola so the book was a hit straight away.
All about the school photographer visiting Charlie and Lola's school one day, Lola is very excited. In true Lola form, she has a lot of trouble doing as she is told. In this instance, Lola has been asked by her Mum to stay clean and tidy during the school day for her photo.
We meet Charlie and Lola discussing how Mum and Dad haven't got a decent photo of the two of them together because something always happens either before the photo is taken or during the shot, such as Lola looking away or making a funny face.
Determined to stay clean and tidy at school, Lola instructs her best friend how she will not be jumping in puddles this morning, that is of course whilst she is hopping through the puddles and making small splashes. Well she did say she wouldn't jump not hop!
We see Lola go through the school day making a good messy attempt at staying clean. Every messy activity you cold imagine is undertaken such as painting and eating a messy lunch.
The book doesn't have any underlying message that you can teach and guide young children with like some stories we have, but it's definitely a fun book to read and I think you need that sometimes without educating children no matter how spying you're doing it as a parent. My daughter especially likes the fact that she can be very messy just like Lola.
The book isn't very long in length but does have a lot of words against the brightly coloured pages that are filled with illustrations. The words within the book also take on a different aspect on some pages by going against the grain and not being written in a straight line across the page. This adds to the fun element of reading the book, but I don't think younger children actually get the concept and this is reserved for the parents reading.
By the end of the story, sadly Lola doesn't manage to stay clean and there isn't a decent photo to show Mum and Dad. Lola is quite upset about this so she comes up with a good plan with Charlie and they find some of the not so great family pictures in the album at home and cut and paste a few to take the best from each photo and make one nice one, despite it being an obvious mismatch.
Lola is happy when she goes to bed that night as she has had something to show her parents that she is pleased with.
We always find Charlie and Lola books to make us chuckle and this one is no different. I think that is is geared towards children from around five years up, as my daughter does enjoy me reading the book but I know she's loving the story rather than the way the book is laid out.
The book is available in hardback and paperback from Amazon for around £4.99.
Well it seems to have been a while since I have written a review about a Charlie and Lola book although these two loveable characters are still firm favourites with my two daughters. All the Charlie and Lola books feature the same characters that are seen on the popular children's TV show (shown on Cbeebies channel) and normally feature the pair in everyday situations. In this book - Say Cheese! - it is the day of the school photographer so it is very important to stay clean and tidy! That is something that is quite easy for Charlie but very difficult for Lola who always seems to find herself getting in lots of scrapes! This book is written by Samantha Hill but based on Lauren Child's ideas and creations.
All of the books tend to start in the same way with Charlie being the chief narrator and starting by explaining about his sister Lola - and yes! Lola does need a lot of explaining!
'I have this little sister Lola.
She is small and very funny'.
Charlie is the older and more sensible child whereas Lola is younger and always getting into trouble. Therefore, as you can probably imagine, it is going to be an impossibility for Lola to keep clean for the photographer no matter how hard she tries not to splash in puddles and to drink her pink milk very carefully. Consequently, by the time she has her photo taken she is a complete mess and is then quite upset because she wanted her mum to like her photo. Luckily, clever Charlie comes up with a great solution.....
This is a fabulous book and one that lots of parents and children will identify with. It is told in a very cute way with Charlie telling the story. If you know the TV series it is also a challenge to get these delightful characters' voices right as they are very distinctive.
With its fun storyline and very distinctive illustrations, 'Say Cheese!' is the sort of book that will hold a child's attention during many readings. There are lots of points of interest on every page from the variety of illustrations to the different ways that the text is set out on the page. This is one of the hallmarks of the Charlie and Lola books with words varying in size and font and often twirling and swirling across pages. This might make it a slightly difficult text for very new readers to tackle but now my almost seven year old is very confident, she loves following the text all around the pages and using the bold font to emphasis particular words.
Charlie and Lola, along with their friends, are really such adorable characters too and you can't help smiling at their antics as you are reading. It really is a book about children (as no adults actually seem to appear) for children and I am sure that most children will really love reading about this everyday occurrence.
The book is published by Puffin and the hard cover has a RRP of £7.99 which is very good value.
This is the latest Charlie & Lola book my daughter chose from the library and it has proved to be a hit.
Charlie & Lola are a brother and sister team (Charlie being the oldest) and their antics as brother and sister are well written about over the course of a range of books.
Charlie is very patient and caring over his little sister and Lola is a worrying, stubborn and very funny little girl. She loves her brother and whatever situation she has found herself in, she always ends up trusting Charlie and taking his advice.
In this story, she is desperately tring to stay neat and tidy and clean for her school photograph. Along with her friend Lotta, they opt for reading instead of water play - although this doesn't last long. They then decide to run around the muddy puddles in the playground instead of through them, although the bell goes and Lola walks staright through one. Painting is too much of a lure, but they'll stay clean if they wear aprons won't they?
Lola ends up covered in mud and paint, with big painted hands on her cheeks where she touched her face admiring her picture.
The school photos are a disaster and big brither Charlie helps her create a new photo by cutting up pieces from other, old photos to make a new clean looking Lola for her mum to admire.
This story does make my daughter chuckle, especially when Lola touches her face and ends up with blue hands on her cheeks. This is something she could see herself doing I think.
Charlie is lovely as ever and I wish my son was a patient with his little sister and Charlie is with Lola. He neevr lets her down and is always there for her which I think is a great sentiment to have in a book.
The best bit is when we see the end result of the make-do photo and my daughter loves to point out all the different bits that make up the photo.
This is a good C&L book and one that will be a good re-reader over the coming weeks.
Book Series: Charlie and Lola