Reviewed by Debbie Douglas
Early Readers are super books designed specifically for children aged 5 and over who are ready to move on from baby picture books and move their reading journey onto the next level. They have colourful pictures with not too many words on a page but enough of a story to keep the child engaged.
This book is fantastic! I could stop there but I will go on and explain why. I am at that difficult stage with my two kids when choosing a book together they cannot agree on one they both like. Albert and the Garden of Doom has solved this problem for me. This story is about a little boy who keeps losing his ball in the neighbour’s garden. Albert imagines all sorts of terrible things about his neighbour despite never having seen him. I love the message in the book about not judging people before you have met them or having preconceived ideas. The story unfolds and of course has a very happy ending which I will not spoil for anyone who is going to read this book.
The book is brilliantly illustrated by Jamie Littler. The pictures are just superb my two loved them they go so well with the text, I find it a rare treat when the writer and illustrator are so obviously both passionate about a book. We read this book together and I had to pause the book while Amy went to the bathroom, I don’t think I have ever had to do that before. Craig is going to read the story to me tonight and Amy wants to read it too but is going to make up her own words to go with the pictures.
This is a fabulous book and please girls don’t be put off by the picture of a boy playing football on the cover, Amy is the girliest girl going and she loved the story too.
A brilliant book and we all loved it!
RRP: £4.99 (paperback)
Available to buy from Hachette Children’s Books here.