Sunday, 10 July 2011

When the World Was Waiting For You by Gillian Shields, Illustrated by Anna Currey

March 2011, Bloomsbury
32 pages, Hardback
Review copy

Children's, Picture Book 

Family love, new baby, visiting new baby, preparation for new baby, friendships, 

Summary from Bloomsbury 
This celebration of new life will allow for tender bedtime cuddles everywhere as the book relishes the shared family pleasure of a new baby.

Nayuleska's reasons for loving the book...I had a huge smile on my face as I went through each cute page. I think this is especially good if children are expecting a new brother or sister, as it explains what can happen once the baby is born. (I wrote this before checking the Bloomsbury summary, which says the same thing)

What style are the illustrations? Heart-warming watercolours which have smooth lines and make the love jump off the page for the new baby. 

Is the book interactive and/or are the illustrations engaging? The cover is hardback, but it's a padded hardback, which feels nice to touch. The illustrations had my imagination going at what else would be happening in the rabbit household. 

Are there any messages put forward to the reader? Mostly that new babies are often a source of great joy and people like seeing new arrivals. 

One of my favourite parts was...the entire book. I have a think for bunnies, and this is cuteness personified. 

You can find out more about Gillian Shields on Bloomsbury's Author page

Suggested read
If you like the look of this, definitely check out Gillian's previous work, When the World is Ready for Bed

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