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As you may know, I love reading with Luke and we are always on the lookout for new, exciting and captivating books to read together. So when I was contacted by author, Lee Hunter, and asked if I fancied reviewing her book, Nemo and Giraffe, I jumped at the chance.
Lee’s email to me was very compelling; the theme of her book is fantastic – it’s an important, but thoroughly underdone concept focusing on how to be considerate to pets. Let’s face it, how many times has you little one seen a dog or a cat, a hamster or a gerbil and gone cray cray? Screaming and shouting, trying to grab and “stroke” said pet – let’s not mention dressing up the family dog. (Not a personal tale, but I’ve heard it’s been done!)
Well Lee Hunter, a child minder from Scotland, experienced similar problems with the children she was minding when she opened her home child care business. She wanted to explain how her own cat could become frightened if the children screamed, jumped or grabbed him and she worked to promote their awareness of his feelings.
Nemo and Giraffe is based on her own indoor cat, Nemo and aims to promote the awareness of two marvellous themes: cats, pets and other animals all need a bit of consideration and, secondly, the true value of friendship and equality – everyone is different, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be friends. Nemo – the cat and Giraffe…a giraffe!
The illustrations (Lindy Damen) are charming and irresistible. Luke absolutely loved them and he was very excited by Nemo the cat.
Imagine this: “What’s that?!” “It’s a cat.” “CAT, MUMMY!” Turn the page…”What’s that?!” annnd repeat.
Needless to say, the illustrations tie in perfectly with the book’s target audience. Nemo and Giraffe isn’t too long either – that’s very important for me at this stage in Luke’s life. He likes a good story but if it’s too long, he starts fussing and loses interest. Another great thing about this book is the amount of text on each page. There are a few lines top and bottom and that’s just perfect for us. I’m not reading and reading and Luke’s not getting bored looking at the same picture for too long.
Nemo and Giraffe is an adorable children’s book and already has my son’s seal of approval.
I will leave you with this perfect quote from the beginning of the book. It’s a message we should all be preaching and one I hope my son grows up to always remember.
“Best friends can look like anything, no two are the same.”
You can purchase your very own copy of Nemo And Giraffe in either paperback format or for the Kindle on Amazon for a very reasonably priced £4.99. I would highly recommend it!
*I was sent a copy of Nemo And Giraffe to read with Luke for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own, honest opinions.