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Can I Go To The Moon?
Whatever Next! - Jill Murphy
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Whatever Next! - Jill Murphy
Advantages: Beautiful illustrations
This book was first published in 1983, and was a favourite of my daughters' when they were little - where have the years gone!
I had forgotten all about it until a work colleague's grandaughter came in clutching it in her hands the other week, saying it is her favourite book and wanted to show me.
As I sat down and looked through the book with her, a lot of happy memories came flooding back, as I recalled reading it with my children.
Whatever Next is written by Jill Murphy, who also wrote and illustrated the very successful 'Worst Witch' books and also who could forget her enchanting books about a family of elephants - 'Peace At Last' and 'All In One Piece' and 'A Piece of Cake' etc ? All her books are well-written and beautifully illustrated, and 'Whatever Next' is no different.
It tells the tale of Baby Bear, who one day asks his mummy if he can go to the moon. His mother explains he cannot go to the moon and tells him it is nearly time for his bath. Not undeterred, Baby Bear then searches around the house and finds a rocket , which really is a carboard box, and using a colander as a space helmet and wellies for space boots, he blasts off out of the chimney and off to the moon.
Baby Bear is joined by an Owl on his journey, and together they reach the moon and have a picnic. When he returns to Earth in time for his bath, and tells his mother where he has been, she doesn't believe him!
This is a simple story, but one which will delight young children as Baby Bear's innocence and imagination are brilliantly portrayed in this magical tale that begins with an innocent question: "Can I go to the moon?"
The thing that really stands out for me and which my daughter's loved, were the beautiful, bold and very colourful illustrations in this book, beginning with the front cover depicting Baby Bear blasting off out of the chimney in a cardboard box into the night sky, and continuing throughout the book.
The story is a simple text, great for reading aloud to your children and also for young readers to read along. Although it states the book is for ages 3+, this is a book which can be enjoyed by all ages, and is one that will want to be read again and again. My colleague's grandaughter's favourite part is the "whoosh!" as Baby Bear takes off into the night sky in his makeshift spaceship.
I enjoyed reading this gem of a book again, and highly recommend this and the other works of Jill Murphy to all parents of young children.
The book was published by Walker Books originally in 1983, but a new edition published by MacMillan children's books was published in 1995 and is available as a board book and a paperback.
Currently available from Amazon for only £3.89 new (RRP £5.99) and used from 47p.
Summary: A much-loved children's book