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Not the best Julia Donelson book - but still definitely worth owning
on January 26, 2013
Just to be clear I gave this book by Julia Donelson / Axel Scheffler 3 stars because compared to other Julia Donelson / Axel Scheffler books it's a 3 star book. Compared to most other children's books though this is a 5 star book without question. I've made the assumption that if you're looking at this book you're familiar with the author and illustrator or are comparing this book to others by them, and not to other children's books by other authors.
We own many of the Julia Donelson / Axel Scheffler books, and they are all outstanding. Tiddler does not shine when compared with "The Gruffalo", "The Gruffalo Child", "Room on the Broom" or "Tabby McTat" by the same author and illustrator, but it's still an excellent children's book - and far better than all but the very best out there. The book is the tale of a small and tardy fish who makes up tall stories to cover for his tendency to be late for school, until he unwittingly becomes involved in a real tale of high drama. The illustrations are, as with every Axel Scheffler book, beautiful, detailed and humorous and will have you spending time just combing through the pictures, quite apart from reading the story. In Tiddler, Julia Donelson employs a similar clever rhyming scheme to those used in her other books, and it adds to the charm and memorability of the story. While not Julia Donelson's best children's book (and I'm sure there would be quite an argument over which one exactly that would be), it's certainly a good one. My daughters, aged 3 and 6, love all the Julia Donelson books, and I highly recommend them.Personally, owning many of her books already, I think everyone should own every one of her books - and that's now our goal.
Clever, memorable story
Children will return to and re-read this book over and over again
Not their very best, most excellent book - If you are not a Julie Donelson / Axel Scheffler connoisseur, I'd recommend that your first purchase be "The Gruffalo", then possibly "Room on the broom" after which you'll be hoooked and want them all.