Quack Quack Moo, We See You! by Mij Kelly and Katharine McEwen
|Quack Quack Moo, We See You! by Mij Kelly and Katharine McEwen|
|Genre: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Kerry King|
|Summary: Poppa Bombola is searching high and low for his little girl. Is she by the duck pond? Is she in the cowshed? Could she even be in the chicken coop? While Poppa Bombola is in a frantic flap, someone very dear (and very near) to him is enjoying a fun-filled farmyard ride in this lovely rhyming story!|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: February 2012|
|Publisher: Oxford University Press|
Poppa Bombola has lost his darling daughter! He's hunting high and low, under tables, under chairs and all around the farmyard - but she is nowhere to be found.... Or is she? Maybe Poppa Bombola isn't looking close enough...
Firstly Poppa Bombola is just such a lush, roll-off-the-tongue name that my four year old and I spent at least a couple of minutes saying it to each other and giggling. When we finally pulled ourselves together and got into the story, we had the best time knowing exactly where Poppa Bombola's Darling Daughter was, whilst poor Poppa ran all over the farm getting more and more frantic. What's more, from the perspective of relate-ability, my little one is a real Daddy's girl and she loved the idea that there is a whole story all about a little girl and her Daddy.
So far, so good as we're already in four star territory, but I must also draw your attention to the beautiful, larger-than-life illustrations, so artfully delivered by Katharine McEwen that add so much extra dimension to an already delightful story thus notching up a further half a star for this lovely tale. What gives it full marks for me, is the brave decision to do a daddy-daughter story; this is a formula that there seems to be very little of on the shelves right now and I like the variety, because there is certainly plenty of that in real life!
In summary, I urge you to buy this book, because it's quite lovely and in particular, I would suggest you get yourself a copy if you have a Daddy's Girl of your own.
For further reading along the same lines, may I suggest you take a look at the very adorable Little Mouse by Alison Murray, a touching and enchanting Mummy/Daughter story if ever there was one; or perhaps you may enjoy a quick read (more pictorial than story) and try I Love My Daddy by Giles Andreae and Emma Dodd. Finally, I'd also like to suggest an animal kingdom perspective on the theme and point you in the direction of A New Home for Little Fox by Janet Bingham and Rosalind Beardshaw.
Finally our thanks as always to the kind ladies and gents at OUP for sending this copy to Bookbag for review.
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