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Happy Harry's Cafe - Michael Rosen

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Illustrator: Richard Holland / Hardcover: 32 pages / Publisher: Candlewick Press / Published: 9 Oct 2012

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      14.07.2013 22:19
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      Little B loves it

      Little B was bought this book from Father Christmas last year and when Mrs B first read it to her she wasn't impressed, they both thought it was a strange story but little did we know that Little B would soon declare it her favourite book of all time and we would have to read it every night!

      This book tells of Happy harry who runs Happy Harry's cafe. Every day his friends visit him and try his soup- they run for his soup before his soup runs out! Everyone knows that Harry makes great soup but then one day one of his friends declares that the soup is no good. There is a huge amount of shock "WHAT???" asks Harry and when Harry tried the soup he realises there is no spoon! That is why the soup doesn't taste any good! Everyone laughs about this and then sings the soup song...

      We have made our own tune up to the soup song and it's become Little B's favourite part of bed time, she jumps around singing it and even her baby brother kicks his legs along to it too!

      Now this book is a bit odd, it's an amusing story about how you can't eat soup if you haven't got a spoon, the pictures are a bit basic too with just really simple drawings and only half coloured in but it goes to show that brilliant drawings and a complicated story is just not needed to entertain a 4 year old! We really did think that this was an odd book when we first read it but now we have grown to love it- good job too seeing as we have to read it every evening.

      There is quite a lot of rhyme in it such as 'here's jo the crow, he's no slow jo oh no' and 'here ryan the lion' and this helps the story to flow and for Little B to remember the words.

      I like that it's a really simple story and it's nice that it is about friends who all come together and enjoy some food, it's nice that they all sing along so now I just enjoy reading this story to my little ones. We read it every night and it's not a long book which is a good thing seeing as we have to put up with it every night!

      Not the best story or the most amazing of books but it seems to really be a big hit in our house with our little people!

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      14.07.2013 19:03
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      Happy Harry's cafe

      It's time for soup at Happy Harry's Cafe. Yum, yum, delicious! But what's wrong with Matt the cat?

      Happy Harry's Cafe is a children's book written by MIchael Rosen and illustrated by Richard Holland. It's quite a fun little book and a bit strange at the same time, strange in a way like The Cat in The Hat is strange. The book focuses around Happy Harry's Cafe as you might have guessed and we are told in the book that, "Harry makes great soup. His friends run for Harry's soup, before Harry's soup runs out."

      Then in the subsequent pages we meet a lot of Harry's friends who come to the cafe to get their soup. For example there is Ryan the Lion, Jo the crow, Robin the robin and Matt the cat. I like the fact that there are quite a few different animals that come into the cafe and so my kids are introduced to different animals and can learn about what they look like. They also learn some good rhyming words which I also like and we always end up playing a bit of a rhyming game after reading this book.

      The book turns out to be quite funny as well as Matt the cat declares he doesn't like Harry's soup. But how can that be, everyone likes Harry's soup. We then find out that its because he doesn't have a spoon and when he eventually gets one he decides its the best soup he's even tried. All the animals laugh and it makes my kids laugh too!

      For some reason the book reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where they go to a cafe that makes really good soup but then one of the characters annoys the chef and so he is not allowed to buy the soup anymore, if you haven't seen it you won't know what I'm talking about but if you have you will totally get it!

      The illustrations are really cool and a bit wacky and I think that's what makes this book stand out and be quite funny, just when you are looking at the pictures. The text is written in bold black writing and is easy to read which is good as I tend to run my finger along the words so my little girl can join in too and this book makes it easy to do that.

      We have the big paperback version of this book, ISBN, 978-1-4063-4438-7 from Walker books and it costs £6.99.

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