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This book was given to us in my daughters latest Bookstart pack.
Our copy is a paperback book that measures 235 x 280mm in size and contains 32 pages. Colin McNaughton is the author and it is illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. The front cover has quite a lively picture of several nursery rhyme characters bearing gifts. I think that I would have been attracted to this book if I had seen it in a shop, especially given the familiar title. I think everyone knows the classic rhyme of "Not last night but the night before". . . . luckily in this book it isn't robbers that come knocking at the door.
'Not last night but the night before' is a rhyming book all about a little boys friends that come knocking at the door. Every other page starts with the title lines and has different characters knocking. The boy lets them in and they rush up the stairs with out speaking to him. The visitors are all well known characters; The man in the moon, Three little pigs, Little Bo Peep, Little Miss Muffet, Jack and Jill, Three blind mice, Goldilocks and even Punch and Judy . At the end it is revealed why they are visiting.
Most of the pages have just two lines of words above a picture. The illustrations are great they are charming and funny at the same time and have lots of detail.
Colin McNaughton was born in Northumberland in 1951. He has had over 70 books published including 'Suddenly' and 'Oops!' which was the category winner in the 1996 Smarties Book Prize. He has an MA in illustrations but did not do them in this book.
Emma Chichester Clark was born in 1955 and studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, where she was taught by Quentin Blake. In 1988 she won the Mother Goose Award as the most exciting newcomer to children's book illustration. Her Bibliography is endless with many well known titles including 'I love you Blue kangaroo'.
With the above combination of two experts in their field, a well known title and well known characters understandably this book has the right ingredients. My daughter is four and loves me reading it to her, the repeativness of the words makes it easy for her to follow and remember. She delights in recognizing the characters and loves looking at the pictures.
I believe this book would appeal equally to boys and girls. It is suggested that the book is aimed at readers aged four +, but I would say that it could be read to a child as young as two and they would understand it. It is a good book for beginner readers because of the simplistic style so I would say it would be appreciated by anyone up to seven or eight.
Priced at £5.99. Available on Amazon new for £4.49.
Published by Walker Books in 2009
ISBN - 978-1-4063-2878-3
Not Last night but the night before by Colin McNaughton was a book I picked up at the library a few weeks ago.
The title of the book originally reminded me of a nursery Rhyme I used to know as a child. I read some of this book in the Library and he seemed to enjoy it and wanted to take it home.
The story is of a little boy who has many visitors who come to his door but instead of it been the robbers from when I was little ,this boy was visited by various nursery Rhyme and fairy tale characters. Little Bo-peep comes in with her sheep; Goldilocks comes in with the three bears and even the moon enters. As they enter they knock him down again and again and then run off up the stairs. Finally when the knocking stops the little boy goes upstairs and suddenly everyone sings happy birthday to him but not the traditional version but the squashed tomato and stew version I also used to sing as a child. My son has now learnt this new version.
Both my son and I enjoyed this book. The book has a repetitive text as each character arrives not last night but the night before is repeated. I do find this book has a little humour and actually is a much nicer story than I expected it to be. The book has a very rhythmic flow and it does give additional information on some pages in small letters and in brackets which I am guessing are for the readers benefit and not the Childs. An example is when Little Bo-Peep visits with her sheep it says in brackets ( she found her sheep) These seem to add nothing to the story for the reader of the child so I tend to just ignore them.
I do like the fact that Punch and Judy are featured in this book. I consider them to be a great British tradition while others worry about how politically correct they are. My sons Favourite is when little Miss Muffet visits with a huge spider who sits on the little boy and Squashes him.
The book is illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark and appears as though coloured with pencils. These are pale and show texture in detail. I do think these pictures are beautiful and would look lovely on the wall in a nursery.
I would recommend this book for pre school children from about two and a half years upwards.
This book has a RRP. Of £10.99 but is currently available for £6.88 with free super saver delivery.