Today we have a Funny Prize book reviewed by Princess Consuela Banana Hammock aged 10. I have to say, the review leaves me wanting to go out and buy this for me to read… mmmh. May just have to start Red Ted’s “older library” now. I also have a FABULOUS toddler to 6yrs board game: Round and Round. I hope you very much enjoy both the book and the game!
Book Review: Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear
Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear, by Andy Stanton and illustrated by David Tazzyman.
Winner of : The Roald Dahl funny prize and the Blue Peter Book Award.
Mr Gum is a very funny book. Even if you are the sternest person in the world you have to laugh at Mr Gum. The book is about a bear called Padlock and hot air balloons floating around the world. This is the fifth book about Mr Gum, but Andy Stanton introduces the characters in every book so it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read one before. Mr Gum is the fiercest, most horrible man in Lamonic Bibber! But don’t worry! because Alan Taylor the tiny gingerbread headmaster with electric muscles is a secret superhero of gingerbreadness. Don’t worry if this all sounds a bit mad, because it is! But that is why Mr Gum is funny! The pictures are very hilarious too! Anyone aged 8 or over will love this book. My mum loves it even though she’s really old. The real heros of this story are a small girl called Polly, and Jonathon Ripples, the fattest man in Lamonic Bibber.
Reviewed by: Princess Consuela Banana Hammock (aged 10)
Games – Round and Round by Orchard Toys
After having reviewed Red Dog Blue Dog last week, Orchard Toys very kindly asked whether we would like to review another of their games. It would have been a folly to turn them down. Shortly we received “Round and Round” – a game based on the song “The Wheels on the Bus”. And Oh My, is this simply the loveliest game. Needless to say it felt like Christmas at Red Ted HQ when the big parcel arrived containing the game. Red Ted wanted to have a go straight away and we did.
The aim of the game is to get round the bus stops on the board and collect cards – each containing a verse from the song. We did lots of singing (Red Ted some dancing) and lots of clapping. The game is for 3-6 year olds, but Red Ted “tolerated” following the rules at 2.75 yrs. I did all the counting for him, but he seemed to get it. He loved slotting in all the cards “won” at each stop and then parking the bus at the end. He gets to practice counting. Some colour recognition, some singing and lots and lots of fun. I know when Granny visits we will be playing this again! Pip Squeak (11mths) loved sitting with a spare bus and slotting in the cards (well, trying to slot them in). Oh – and as an added bonus: the “board” is a huge puzzle that Red Ted loves to assemble himself!
What a delightful game!
A great game for Christmas or a 3rd (4th/5th) Birthday. Love it. Thank you for letting us have a copy!
PS and… it isn’t surprising, that this game won the Practical PreSchool Award for 2010!