I love that getting a new book is like getting a new bike to a three-year-old! I never realised just how excited a kid could get opening a package to find a book instead of sweets or ‘Ralph toys’, which is what he was guessing as he opened it. He wasn’t disappointed at all.
The unveiling of this amazingly illustrated children’s book took place after nursery, around 4pm, which made the next 3 hours until bed time unbearable! All H wanted to do was read the book before bed, so it needed to be bedtime at 4pm, 4.05pm, 4.15pm and pretty much every 5-10 minutes for the rest of the evening.
I did offer to read it there and then, but no, it had to be at bed time!
Bath time came and went in a speedy fashion, PJ’s on without messing around… we normally have 10 minutes of naked running away and jumping on beds before we manage to pin him down and dress him!
At last the moment had come and it was time to finally read our new book; The Goblin’s Blue Blanket by Kieron Black. The wait was worth it. H absolutely loved it, Jay was half a sleep so he wasn’t bothered really, but then he is fairly loyal to his Thomas the Tank books still!
The story is all about a goblin called Ogie who has lost his precious blue blanket and sets off, with his trusted feline side-kick, Gerald, to ask all his friends and family if they have seen it. Sadly nobody had seen it, not even his snow boarding grandad, who was definitely our favourite character!
Spoiler alert… the cat had taken it in a fit of jealousy (don’t ruin it for the kids folks!) and Ogie never actually finds it but learns the value of family and friends rather than an object, which is a nice little message to finish with!
The graphics are amazing, with a bit of a comic-book-style feel to it and the wording is friendly enough for younger ones. Age wise, I would say my 3 1/2 year old loved it but I think he is probably on the younger side of who I would recommend it for. Certainly kids aged 4-6 are going to really enjoy it!
The book costs £6.99 (a fairly standard price for a picture book of this size) and is available from Shrine Bell publishers should you wish to check it out for yourselves!
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