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Miss Brick the Builders' Baby is a book in the series of Happy Families by Allan Ahlberg. In each book he has collaborated with someone and for this book it was Colin McNaughton.
The Happy Families series were my favourite books when I was younger and I had most of the series. Miss Brick the Builders' Baby was one of my favourite books in the series.
The cover of the book is exactly as you can see above, it has a yellow background and on the front is a cartoon drawing of Mr and Mrs Brick and their baby.
Mr and Mrs Brick and builders and they are very happy when they have a baby, thinking she will continue the family trade. However, they couldnt be more wrong, for Miss Brick doesnt like to build things, instead she likes to knock things down!
This is a real worry for Mr and Mrs Brick and they dont know what to do. Therefore, they take her to see various members of the family hoping that someone will come up with a solution, all kinds of suggestions come about including buying a pet and taking her to the seaside but will anything work?
I love this book, I loved it as a child and I still do today. I like the idea of the plot, it is something good for a child to focus on and the idea of the story is really fun.
The story has quite a fast pace to it and you find yourself reading it quite quickly, I think this helps to emphasise how much in a flap Mr and Mrs Brick were getting in and I have found that children love the quickness of the story as it makes it fun and fast.
The illustrations in the book are done very well. They are all quite realistic but fun at the same time and there are plenty of pictures for children to look at.
The font used in the book is large and the words used are words that children aged around 6 should have no problem reading. Most pages have about 20 words on them but a couple have quite a few more.
This is a great book which I think can be enjoyed by a wide range of children - those under the age of 6 can have it read to them and those over the age of 6 can enjoy reading it themselves. The book has 22 pages.
I would recommend this book, I love the plot and the illustrations are lovely. Just like all of the books in the Happy Families series it is a fab read!
The book was published in 1981 (! - It has aged well!)
It is currently available on Amazon for £3.59 which I think is quite expensive, if you can I would look out for the Happy Families collection which works out much better value for money.