“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Sally Hunter / 14 pages / Book published by Igloo Books Ltd „
My Grandma came back from her holidays a few weeks ago and she bought both my daughters two new books each, this book was bought for my youngest daughter Emily who is 2 although we have all read it together and Sophie enjoyed it too.
The book is a decent size which makes it easy to share with both children at the same time which is always a bonus as far as i'm concerned as I find with smaller books the girls play tug o war either side of me. The front cover is thick and glossy and has a lovely picture on it of Humphrey the Elephants feeding animals at the farm. The picture is pretty busy as it pictures a Horse, a Pig, a Duck, a Sheep and a Cow, the picture is framed in a rectangle with a border around and is coloured in muted colours which is really pretty. The author and illustrator is Sally Hunter so her name appears on the bottom of the cover and the RRP of £5.99 is printed on the back.
The story follows Humphrey and his friend Tilly as they visit the farm, when they arrive they are desperate to see the animals but Humphrey's Mum insists that they have their picnic first, they eat their picnic but Humphrey still has an apple so he puts it in his pocket. They get some feed and go around the animals on the farm, they see Sheep where Humphrey thinks the Lamb is the best, Ducks which follow them for the feed, Pigs with little Piglets which Tilly wants to take home, Cows with a small one who Humphrey names Moo and Chickens who steal the rest of the feed. The last animals they visit is a Horse but they have no feed left for him so Humphrey gives the Horse his apple.
The books finishes with the little Elephants being told to wash their hands twice due to touching the animals and then being allowed to pick a book each from the gift shop, finally Humphrey and Tilly say goodbye to the children on the last page.
This book has little extras in it such as the animal from the story pictured with it's name written underneath it on the corner of the page and then there is a double spread at the back of the book with all 6 animals pictured and the question "Can you remember all the animals?" I sit with Emily when we have read the book and we go back and find the matching animals or sometimes we sit and make the noises to go with the animals which she generally finds quite funny. I like that the book points out both young and full grown animals and also think it's great that it points out that they should wash their hands after feeding the animals.
I think that the pictures in this book are simply beautiful, they are all coloured in muted colours and it makes the book feel quite peaceful, all the animals are drawn in a basic way to allow young children to recognise them and they all look really friendly. The pictures vary throughout the book but a lot of them are bordered rectangles with a similar colour from the picture as the background which I think it really nice.
This is a beautiful book, it is a simple story which mirrors a day trip we had to a farm although Sophie points out that we saw more than 6 animals. The book isn't at all repetitive and the writing in it is in a font which is shaped so the words move up and down their base line meaning it wouldn't be a suitable reading book for a child learning to read but for a parent to read it is delightful with a little extra.
If you have read any of my other Humphrey reviews, you will know that I have always loved the Humphrey's corner collection of books, toys and clothes and have always wanted an excuse to buy some. As soon as my daughter was born, I was buying all the books up when I found them as I think they are absolutely delightful.
---About Humphrey's corner:
Humphrey's corner is created and drawn by Sally Hunter. It is all about a little elephant called Humphrey and the adventures he has in his life. Humphrey's family consists of Humphrey, his baby brother Jack, his big sister Lottie and his mum and dad. Humphrey has his favourite toy Mop who goes with him everywhere.
The book is a square hardbacked book with a slightly padded front cover which makes it feel soft to the touch which is nicer than a normal hardback book. The front cover is mainly blue with a picture of Humphrey and several farm animals. It has the Humphrey's corner logo at the top and the name of the book in the middle along the top. The book tells the story of Humphrey's visit to the farm with his Mummy and his friend Tilly. It starts with them having their picnic and then they go to meet all the animals. Each page in this book has beautiful pictures and contains several lines of text to tell the story. The animals they meet are sheep, ducks, pigs, cows, chickens and horses. There are pictures to illustrate the story and there is also a picture of the animal in the bottom right corner of the pages with the word written under it so children can learn to read the names of the animals.
As previously stated, I love the Humphrey books and take every opportunity to read these to my daughter. The characters are so sweet and can be related to by small children as he does all the types of things that they do. There are lots of items on the pages you can point out to children and my daughter will quite happily point at the items she recognises as well. She loves animals and so this book is excellent for her. The front and back pages have pictures of the animals in the book on them and so we play the game of 'can you see the...' which she is getting better at. The only real downside of this book is that it doesn't have Mop in it as he is my daughter's favourite character. She loves trying to find Mop in the other books so it is a shame she can't play that game in this book as well.
The drawings in this book are absolutely delightful and are brighter colours than the other books we have read before. This book has a lot more writing in it than some of the other books so is probably more suited to slightly older children to read on their own and is a good size. The only downside with it is that it is not written in a standard font style but a fancy one which might be harder for children learning to read to understand so this might be better as a bedtime story that is read to them until they can get to grips with it.
I would highly recommend this book for young children. If it is read with adults present, I think it is suitable from 12 months as the pictures are lovely and the story is easy to understand. If you want children to read it on their own, I would wait until they are around 3 as it would be easy for them to rip the pages which would really be a shame. This book costs £7.99 but you can get it cheaper in a lot of places. Although the cost is high, the quality of this book makes it worthwhile. I have given this book 4 stars as I have to take one off as Mop is not there!