May 2014, Bloomsbury, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Themes: playtime, new friends, adventure,
Content: mild peril, lots of laughter, cuteness
Summary from Bloomsbury
When Little Lou finds a wriggly, squiggly piece of wool amongst a pile of toys, she curiously gives it a tug. But - what's this? The wool tugs back - there's something at the other end! And as Little Lou follows the wool, she realises that it's attached to . . . A giant woolly mammoth! Quick, RUN!
I'd have liked Lou to be a bit bigger on the cover because her outfit is sweet, but I understand the need to show the size of the mammoth, plus there is a 2 page spread of Lou in her dainty dress and matching shoes. I loved how Lou's other toys seemed to pay attention to her adventure, especially the super cute bunny which she trailed about with her.
Lou rarely sits still, both the story and the illustrations have a sense of activity and moving about which readers might want to act out. Lou's expressions match a child's innocent curiosity as she follows the wool. I joined her in being scared of he mammoth, but not for long because something happens to make it utterly adorable and had me squeeing with delight. I want a woolly mammoth like it is at the end! And I'd like a book 2 which is sort of hinted at on the last page.
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Another cute tale of discovery is Lucy GoesTo Market by Sanchia Oppenheimer & Imogen Clare (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)