My very clever friend and author has written and illustrated her first ever book and it is good. No I’m not just saying that because I like and respect her; yes there’s that too, but it is a cracking kiddie book. Review over.
Ok, there’s more to tell.
Let’s introduce the star of the show Mrs Blossom…
“Mrs Blossom, my neighbour, was a lovely old biddy, who walked with a stick to stop her being giddy”.
“Her companion now was her dearest dog, Sniffy. He had black wiry fur and was a little bit whiffy!”
The story introduces Mrs Blossom, 90 years old who lived on a farm and had 4 children but now lives alone with her dog ‘Sniffy’. But this is not the tale of a lonely lady, old Mrs Blossom dotes on her dog. Mercifully she has no scent receptors, so she remains oblivious to his vile eruptions! What child doesn’t like hearing about smelly bottoms?
The bear, who is a little bit obsessed with our local bus (the K3 since you asked) was fascinated by the well-drawn bus scenes and was asking about all the passengers. Gumdrops loved the farm scene and promptly started singing old Macdonald and “moo-ing” through the remainder of the book.
The hero of this lovely story is actually little Sniffy himself, who sends an important message (from his butt) to the other passengers. We must respect our elders. Someone call AGE UK please and ask them if they can produce a Sniffy toy for their next campaign?!
The clever part – all the backgrounds in the illustrations were created using crayon rubbings from around Rachel Sherfield’s home and garden. The author invites children to make rubbings themselves, offering some ready to print templates on the website.
A beautifully illustrated, fun and touching book for children of any age (mine were 2yrs and 4yrs).
For templates and to buy this gorgeous story for £6.99 visit: