Monday, 6 April 2015

Don't Chew the Royal Shoe by Kate Leake (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

 January 2015, Scholastic, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy

Content: lots of humour, mild peril

Summary from Scholastic 
Can’t wait for a certain date in April? Feed your royal passion with this funny rhyme. Are you, like us, going nuts about all things royal this spring? The smaller and cuter the better? Then this is the book for you. You’ll love the jolly pictures. There’s a mischievous little prince in the royal household. But it’s probably not the one you’re thinking of. It’s Chips the Corgi: a dog so cheeky even the Queen can’t boss him around. He’s always chewing Her Majesty’s shoes. But will he end up becoming a hero? Laugh till your crown topples off

Nayu's thoughts
It's not just the way the characters look like the current British royal family which makes this book such fun to read. It's the way that despite being in a royal household, Chips is like any other dog addicted to chewing a certain item, in this case a shoe. It was funny seeing everyone from the queen to the footmen sporting only one shoe, and the lengths the entire palace went to saving the other shoes. Like with every characteristic there was eventually a positive side to Chips' shoe obsession which helped save the day. Even though it was a predictable plot it was fun to see it unravel, especially with there being lots to look at in the colourful and detailed illustrations. 

Suggested read
Another royal themed read is Happy Birthday Royal Baby by Martha Mumford and Ada Grey (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)  

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