Pease and Quiet by Gabrielle Tozer & What do they do with all the Poo from all the animals at the Zoo? by Ahn Do


I miss reading picture books to my son, but that does does not stop me from hunting round for great books that I would read to him if he would sit still for long enough to listen. This week I have two great books for your bedtime reading – I mean read to your children at bedtime of course!

Peas and Quiet Written by Gabrielle Tozer, Illustrated by Sue deGennaro

I have to admit I wanted to read this book because of my thirteen year old nephew. He wrote a great speech about his obsession – peas. So when I saw this title I just had to read it! Peas Pip and Pop live in a pea pod. Pop snores and Pip sings out of tune, and they soon get on each other’s nerves. Pop decides he can take it no more! But you will have to read the book to find out what happens next….

This is a lovely, funny story about living with each other’s differences told in rhyme and handled beautifully by Gabrielle Tozer. The delightful illustrations draw you into life in the pea pod, showing once again how adept Sue deGennaro is at bringing a story to life  (we loved her in Clarrie’s Pig Day Out too!).  It is easy to read out loud and will definitely bring a smile to the faces of adults and children(both pea loving and non-pea loving alike).

What do they do with all the poo from all the animals at the zoo? Witten by Ahn Do, Illustrated by Laura Wood and Sung by Simon Mellor

We went to the zoo this week and I have to say the experience changed a little after having read this book. I honestly had never wondered what they did with all he poo, but as I wandered round looking at the animals this time I did start to imagine all the things they might do.

In this book Ahn Do has put his imagination to the test asking what they do, and all the characters in the book come up with great ideas in great Ahn Do style. So you can imagine there are a lot of funny, strange ideas that will make you cringe and make you laugh and make you imagine too what they might actually do with all that poo.

The book is in rhyme, which makes it great for Simon Mellor to sing (there is a cd with a song that comes with the book) as well as for you to read aloud. I Love Laura Wood’s people and animals, they definitely fit in with the quirky story line. This book will bring smiles and perhaps belly laughs too when when you read it (to your children of course!). And of course going to the zoo will never be that same again!


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