Every night I read my 4 year old a daughter a bedtime story, she chooses the book from her bookshelf whilst I draw the curtains and switch on her bedside lamp, then we snuggling up under the covers and lose ourselves in a good book. My eldest daughter recently gave her little sister a big stack of her old books which she felt she has out grown, amongst them was a large collection of Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child. These have proved to be very popular with my youngest daughter and she has been choosing "I am too absolutely small for school" for her bedtime story quite a lot recently, which is probably due to the fact that she has just started reception full time.
Lola is sweet yet rather mischievous little girl and Charlie is her older brother who looks after her. Their parents are only ever briefly mentioned and we never get to actually meet them in any of the books. This particular book centres around Lola starting school, she is a little apprehensive and so tries to convince Charlie that she is far to busy to go to school as she has "extremely important" things to so at home, however Charlie soon convinces her that she will enjoy school and will have lots of fun learning and making friends. We are also introduced to Lola's invisible friend, Soren Lorenson, who will be attending school with Lola. Of course Charlie is right, and Lola has a wonderful day at school.
This is a lovely little story perfect for young children starting school for the first time or perhaps those starting at a new school. It can be such a worrying time for little ones and I am sure many children feel similar emotions to Lola and will find it comforting to discover that Lola does just fine on her first day. The story is rather simple and easy for small children to understand, I think it would interest children between 3-5 years.
As this is one of Lauren Child earlier Charlie and Lola books books the illustrations are a little rougher looking than later incarnations, personally I prefer this, it has that Lauren Child charm that feels missing from the newer versions. My daughter particularly enjoys counting all the colourful biscuits with Lola and discussing all the beautifully pattered elephants.
My daughter loves this book and I love reading it to her. I certainly think this calmed my daughters nerves and thankfully she is enjoying school now just as much as Lola.
* The paperback version is currently priced at £4.61 on Amazon (delivery charges may apply)
== I Am Too Absolutely Small For School ==
== Lauren Child ==
I am too absolutely small for school is a book from author Lauren Child that features the characters Charlie and Lola . Lauren started writing books about Charlie and Lola back in 2000 with the 1st Charlie and Lola book being I will not ever eat a tomato. She has won numerous awards, and her books have sold over 3 million copies over 19 countries.
Charlie and Lola was adapted for BBC Television into the popular Charlie and Lola cartoon and is available on dvd.
The R.R.P. of the book is £5.99 but is always cheaper on amazon and in supermarkets.
Charlie and Lola are brother and sister and although parents are mentioned they are not seen in the stories. The focus is on the children and their friends. Charlie is an 8 year old boy and Lola is his 5 year old sister.
== The Book ==
The book is published by Orchard Press and is a large paperback measuring 27 cms by 24 cms and has 32 full colour pages .
Each story is told by Charlie and starts the same way with I have this little sister called Lola , she is small and very funny ...
This story is that it's time for Lola to start school , but she's not too sure . Firstly she uses the excuse she is too busy doing important things at home to go to school . So Charlie asks her wouldn't she like to learn how to count to 100 , Lola's reply is she can count to 10 , she has 10 fingers and 10 toes and never eats more than 10 biscuits in one go so there is no need . This page comes with a lovely illustration of 10 different biscuits , including party rings and pink wafers and is one of my daughters favourites.
Next Charlie tries to persuade Lola asking if she would like to learn to write letters. Lola tells him she would much rather speak on the telephone .
Lola then uses her imaginary friend Soren Lorensen as an excuse not to go to school, until Charlie informs her Soren Lorensen will be going too . Charlie uses various ways to make school sound fun , but Lola is still a little nervous
And so the day comes , Charlie is worried as Lola is quiet on the way to school ,so he looks for her at the end of the day , but she's not in her classroom and she's not by her peg because she's skipping along with somebody else her new friend Lotta .
Lola then explains it wasn't her that was nervous it was Soren Lorensen all along , she was absolutely fine !
The story is wrote and illustrated beautifully , sometimes rhyming but always flows in what i call a 'sing song way' and is perfect for young children . The language is fun and very child friendly . My daughter is now able to read these books herself.
== Thoughts ==
We first started buying Charlie and Lola books for our son who is now 10 , and now they have been passed down to my daughter, and added too so she has quite a collection. We bought this particular book just before she started school . It's a nice easy going book that's a lot of fun, and a nice way to prepare them for school without being too formal or scary.
I love the relationship between Charlie and Lola with Charlie being a very patient and understanding brother and always being very kind to his sister, sharing things, and looking after her .
All in all a great Charlie and Lola book, with the added bonus of the story being about starting school , if that's something your child will be embarking on .
5 out of 5 , too absolutely fabulous !