“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Charlotte Middleton / 32 pages / Book published 2010-02-04 by OUP Oxford „
My daughter has been given numerous books through the bookbags that they are given throughout the first few years of their lives and this book is one of the lastest books that she has received. The book is written by Charlotte Middleton and I have found it on Amazon for £4.81 although this is for a used copy so I am not sure you are actually able to buy the book.
The front cover of the book is a dark lime green and to be honest I do not find this very inviting but that is probably because green is one of my worst colours. There is a picture of the main character on the front with lots of dandelions and the little spores from them floating around. The title of the book is written in purple with the word Christopher being in bigger writing in lots of different colours and patterns and then at the bottom of the cover it says in a tale of dandelion derring-do.
Inside the book the front cover is for the child to write their name on although I never let my daughter do this as I think it is a shame to mark the book that can be passed down once finished with. A little further into the book you have a page that provides you with all the information about the book, author and illustrator and even gives you the information that the book is made with natural recyclable products.
The book is about Christopher Nibble and his family and friends who all live in Dandeville, every single one of them like to eat dandelion leaves morning noon and night that is until the dandelion leaves begin to run out. The story follows Christopher as he tries to track down some of his favourite food and one of which he finds on the internet for huge amounts of money so the guinea pigs had to eat cabbage instead.
Christopher finds that there is one last dandelion leaf growing right outside his bedroom window and although his mouth waters at the site of it he goes to the library and borrows a book to find out how to look after the little leaf. Christopher does everything he can to take care of the leaf and then he waits, finally the leaf grows a head of tiny little seeds and Christopher takes it up Dasiy hill and with the last of his breath gives a puff blows the seeds into the air. From these seeds little leaves begin to grow and Dandeville is once again filled with dandelions.
This book is really lovely, you don't expect this tiny little guinea pig to become a hero and it was even more special as myself and my daughter are growing veg at the moment and she found it great that he was doing what we do, granted I don't want to grow dandelions! The pictures are in more muted colours than a lot of childrens books but in a strange way they are still inviting and enjoyable and myself and my daughter still enjoy talking about what is happening in the pictures. Some of the text in the book is woven in and out of the pictures rather than it all just being straight across the page which is a nice little touch.
My daughter found it particularly funny that the guinea pig was on the internet and she now thinks she should feed dandelions to our gerbils and rabbit. This book is entertaining and has a little meaning too, I have tried using this book to explain to my daughter that this is why we must look after things and recycle and it must be working as the other day she shouted at her Auntie for not putting a milk carton in the white bag!