Sunday, 10 June 2012

The Big Adventure of the Smalls by Helen Stephens (Children's, Picture Book)

March 2012, Egmont
34 pages, Hardback
Review copy

Themes: living in a mansion, having to be in bed while parents have a party, sneaking around without getting caught, a pet dog who loves causing mischief, sweet childhood innocence, pen and watercolour style drawing, fold out pages, humour on every page

Summary from Egmont
It's the night of the Small Hall Grand Ball and everyone's getting ready. All except for Paul and Sally Small, who are too little to enjoy the fun.
But when Paul’s friend, Mr Puddles, goes missing the only thing to do is sneak into the party in search of his beloved bear . . .

Nayuleska's thoughts
Even the book is rather large! The siblings are a lovable duo who always have cute expressions on their faces I wanted to pick up the fluffy looking dog, and slide down the staircase with them. My favourite part is inside the front and back cover, both which have gates leading to the house. At the front of the book the gates are open and the dog is walking through them. At the back of the book the gates are closed with the dog behind them, and the children make an appearance on top of the gate posts waving goodbye. I adore books which include the covers as part of the sory, making this a 10/10 read.

You can find out more on Helen's website.
Suggested read
For another fun family adventure check out Pirate House Swap  by Abie Longstaff

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