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This book jumped off the shelf at me when I was in Waterstones about a year ago, My little boy is called Jim and I just had to buy it.
Pass the Jam Jim is written by Kaye Umansky and is illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain. The version I bought is hardback but it is also available in standard paperback and in a mini paperback. The RRP for the hardback is £9.99 but I had a look on Amazon prior to writing this review and it is available from £6.99, £4.50 for the paperback and £1.50 for the mini Treasure paperback.
The basic storyline is that there is a children's party in full swing and because all the children are having so much fun, no one has time to keep an eye on the mischievous toddler Jim (not sure where the parent's are ???).
The Text is limited to two lines per page making it a good story for when there is limited time or for young children when they are starting to read themselves.
The text is rhyming which adds to the fun factor, this book already has in masses. The book starts at the beginning of the party "Hurry Mabel, lay that table' and they ask little Jim to pass them the Jam 'Pass the jam, Jim, Jam, Jim, jam." this sentence is repeated every few pages as the party progresses and they are still waiting for Jim to bring them the jam.
Any parent who has ever had a party in their house will understand the antics of the children in the book and how hard it is to keep an eye on them all at the same time.
The illustrations are what makes this book extra special, they dominate the pages with hilarious pictures of typical children at a party, such as the little boy grabbing a cake whilst he has a whole one in his mouth already or the little girl hiding under the table eating a big bowl of icecream.
Me and my son had so much fun looking for Jim on each page and seeing what trouble he was getting into with his pot of jam.
The pictures used in conjunction with the text make the book even funnier such as on one page the text says "Where's the bread, Fred? Bread I said, Fred. " and the picture shows a little boy bringing out a great big bed. It made my son really laugh.
This is a great book to share with your child, It remains one of my sons favourite books and whilst it may be because he is called Jim, he still laughs everytime we read it, and so do I.