I was asked by Tesco to review two books for World Book Day. The books are Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake by David Melling and The Scarecrows’ Wedding by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler.
Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake by David Melling
This is a very sweet book about Hugless Douglas the bear, who wakes up one morning and realises that his honey is missing. He goes on a hunt, following the sticky footprints, and discovers that the naughty sheep have taken his honey to bake honey cakes. Douglas, being the kind and forgiving bear that he is, decides that he will let them keep the honey as long as he can join in on the cake baking. While waiting for the cakes to be ready, the naughty sheep start a food fight. Once the cakes are ready, Douglas tries to get to them but the sheep don’t save him any cakes. All is not lost though and Douglas tries some of the leftover ingredients and discovers that they are ALMOST just as yummy without honey on them. But not quite!
This is a very sweet story with very colourful illustrations.
The Scarecrows’ Wedding by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
This is yet another lovely book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler – the authors behind The Gruffalo, The Snail and the Whale (one of my favourites) and Superworm.
The story is about a couple of scarecrows, Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay, who fall in love and decide to get married. The want to have a wedding “that no-one will forget” and go about collecting the things that they need to make this happen. Things are going well until Harry needs to make a trip in order to collect one of the things they need to make the wedding happen and while he is away the dastardly Reginald Rake (I love the names in this book) tries to take Harry’s place. Will Harry get back in time? Will Betty fall for Reginald’s cheap tricks? You’ll have to read it and find out!
A lovely book using rhyme to tell the story, just like many books by these authors. I like the pictures and the uplifting storyline.
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