Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Review: 'It's My Sausage' by Alex Willmore

DISCLAIMER: I was provided with s copy of this book for the purpose of review, but all words and opinions are my own.

Preschooler is going through a very possessive phase at the moment. Well, I say phase - it's been going on for months. "That mine" is one of his favourite phrases, and it's mostly used about things that aren't his. We've had "that mine phone", "that mine backpack" and even "that mine mummy" when I was cuddling Girl Child once.

Well I appear to have found a book about his spirit animal. They even share a love of sausages.



There's one sausage but five cats - and one in particular is determined to claim it as their own.



But that cat needs to keep their wits about them, as the other cats plot to steal the sausage. Who will get to eat it in the end?



I love the simplicity of this book. There's not a lot of text so it's really easy for little ones to follow, but every word is used to full effect to tell the story - even the impressive array of onomatopoeias! It's great fun to read aloud and the words complement the illustrations brilliantly.

Speaking of which, I absolutely love the illustrative style of this book. The drawings are deceptively simple, including lots of details you might overlook at first but that just adds to the cat-and-mouse (or cat-and-sausage) nature of the plot. And the looks on the cat's faces are just delightful in their expressiveness!

I read this with Preschooler and he was very intrigued with what all the cats were up to, although he hasn't quite 'got' the humour yet. I think with a few more reads he'll start to see the funny side! I have to admit I did try to use it as a springboard for talking about sharing but really, this isn't a moralising book at all so that did feel a bit forced! There's no message other than 'look at how funny these greedy cats are' and that's fine - sometimes children's books should just be about humour and playfulness.

This picture book already has a feel of a classic with its distinctive style and concise humour, I'm looking forward to many more reads with Preschooler!

'It's My Sausage' will be published by Maverick Books later this month.

Linking up with #ReadWithMe hosted by Mama Mummy Mum and Kids Love To Read #KLTR hosted by Laura's Lovely Blog, BookBairn and Acorn Books.
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8 comments:

  1. This is a really fun story. Alex Willmore's illustrations are brilliant and some of the cats' expressions really make us laugh!

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  2. Looks a delightful book for little ones and fab illustrations. #readwithme

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  3. Sounds like a good book for my sassy little one. She went through "that's mine" and now she sings sharing is caring but all up to when she needs to actually share something #kltr

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  4. This sounds like my kids trying to get the last chocolate bar! #readwithme

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  5. A book about greedy cats sounds very good to me. For my niece and nephew, any sausage on someone else's plate is still their sausage!

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  6. My nearly 3 year old would love this! Love Alex Willmore’s illustrations 😊

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  7. This looks really fun and my children love books about cats too #KLTR

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  8. I love the illustration style in this!! Thanks for sharing as it's not one that's on my radar! Thanks for linking up with #KLTR this month!

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