Thursday, 25 July 2013

Picture Book

UK Writer and Illustrator
Martha Mumford, illustrated by Ada Grey
Shhh! Don’t Wake the Royal Baby
Bloomsbury    2013   $18.99pb   32 pages
ISBN 978 1 4088 4463 2

Themes: Royal family/ Spoofs

The Royal Baby is home at the palace and everyone looks delighted  - the Queen, the parents, the corgis, the relatives - including Red Haired Harry. There is just one problem though – the Royal Baby (gender at this stage not given) simply will not settle to sleep and fills the air with loud cries of protest. Everything is tried – the Queen takes him up in a plane and floats to earth with him under a large parachute, his father give him a helicopter trip, his mother rocks him gently. Although there is no real resolution to the story,  it is so charmingly told and illustrated that even the most ardent Over-The-Royal-Baby-Protesters will smile in appreciation.

Preschool up/ Age 4 up

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