Tuesday, 27 March 2012

You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart

One of our current favourite books is You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart. I decided to get a copy when I noticed that Rosie was really enjoying commenting and assigning various things to people in her life. For example we read one book in which a character enjoys a plate of cakes and she likes to decide who would like the cream one and who would like the chocolate one etc.

It's a perfect book for interacting and talking about different things. But it's not a book to gently sit and read before bedtime. It can take a l-o-n-g time to get through if Rosie wants to assign every picture to a person she knows! It explores different environments to live, different people, different foods, different modes of transport and different hobbies. It really is a lovely mixture of all things fascinating to young children. One of my favourite pages is the 'jobs' page because it's fun talking about the jobs people do and Rosie has quite strong opinions on what she would like to do!

The illustrations by Nick Sharratt are witty and colourful and instantly recognisable. The text by Pippa Goodhart is gentle and compliments the nature of the book without being too intrusive. Because it's almost a catalogue of things the text doesn't really need to be descriptive and so it's more suggestive which is just right. I think this is a book that will grow with us and is also great for sharing with more than one child. We haven't done that yet but I can imagine that you could have a lot of fun with a couple of kids reading this.

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