After a visit to the local library recently, my son picked this delightful book up, that I will now review for you.
The book in question is - "The vole who would be king by Ginette Thomas & Susan Varley"
The basic premise of the book is as follows -
One day, the tiny vole went and stood on top of the Royal rock, in the middle of the forest and declared "today I will be king!".
As he stands there a few of his friends just happen to walk past. First Rabbit hops by and asks what vole is doing, after declaring to her that today he will be king, whilst sitting on top of the rock filling his nails.
Rabbit thinks vole is being very silly indeed and hops off back to what she was doing originally.
After some of his other friends come by and he tells them the same thing, they all return to what they were doing originally, and all thinking how silly vole was being.
Soon enough the real king comes walking along, past the Royal rock, and he is not happy that vole is sitting on top of it, of course the fact that the king is a bear makes him that much more intimidating!
The king (who just so happens to have lost his glasses prior to finding vole atop of the rock) leans in close and booms loudly, "who is standing on my rock?!", of course the vole loses his nerve and declares he is just standing there and tries to run off.
Before he can, the king picks him up and holds him closer to his face.
Will he king eat him as a snack? Or will the king find another more useful occupation for him......
This is a lovely story which I think has been written to personally illustrate the fact that, no matter you size there is always a significance to you, there is always a skill that you can bring to the table so to speak.
Mt son loved that part, and I found that this did invoke a rather substantial conversation after finishing the story.
The text is reasonably small within this book and there is quite a lot of it for a younger child's book, so this is far from being a starter reader book, but more one to read to a child.
The illustrations are all lovely and detailed, with there being some fantastic woodland scenes within the book, though none of the colours used being that bright and eye catching the colours used are perfect for an autumnal scene.
There is a good selection of woodland creatures featured within the story also, these in turn go onto do what you would expect each creature to do in the wild, so this again can be considered as a learning curve for the younger child.
Price wise these are available to buy from www.amazon.co.uk for around £10.99(plus P&P).
For more information visit - www.andersonpress.co.uk
Thanks for reading x