Friday, 6 September 2013

Billy the Goat's Big Breakfast-Jez Alborough

If you read any picturebooks, it is likely you will be familiar with the work of Jez Alborough.  His successful Duck in the Truck series along with the Eddy and the Bear series are revered within the genre, and the bestselling Bobo books are delightfully simple with enchanting illustrations. Hug is one of my favourite children's books and I have so many happy memories of snuggling up with my son reading it at bedtime.  Even now he refers to it as 'the sad Bobo book' because I always get tears in my eyes when reading it because the illustrations are just exquisite. 

Billy the Goat's Big Breakfast is the sequel to Nat the Cat's Sunny Smile and has the same characters sharing adventures.  Greedy Billy can't wait for his breakfast at Nat the Cat's house.  He is ravenous!  But wait he must as it isn't yet ready.  However, he sneaks a bite of the bread dough and soon his tummy is swollen.  What will Nat the Cat say?

Written in a charming rhyme, children will love this book.  It is has large, bold illustrations which make it perfect for sharing 1-1 or as part of a class/group.  The tale promotes friendship and understanding and has a moral message alongside Alborough's trademark humour.  It also has the additional feature of a song for children to join in with-the music and lyrics are in the book and can be downloaded from the author's website.

My judgment?  Another cracker from Jez.

Billy the Goat's Big Breakfast is out now, published by Doubleday.


With thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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