The Pink family loves books. We simply can’t resist them. Ava has been a member of the library since she was a couple of months old. We read a minimum of two books to Ava and Thea every night, and often more. But they have their favourites and sometimes Ryan and I get a bit bored of them, to be honest. So when we get a new one, we are as excited as the girls.
INTRODUCING ABC of ANIMALS IN LONDON
We recently received an absolute beauty of a book, called ABC of Animals in London: a completely unpreductable menagerie, by Cristona Guidone-Charles to review*. I love the word menagerie so that was a great start – it’s such a rich word isn’t it? It conjures up lots of images in my mind. And that cover – isn’t it just stunning? I love illustrations of birds, and flamingos in particular (if you type ‘flamingo’ into the search bar, you’ll see a potted history of my obsession…) I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.We snuggled up on Thea’s bed to have a read. As you can see, I decorated her room with an animal theme, which Thea loves. I knew she would be interested in a book about animals.
BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS IN ABC OF ANIMALS IN LONDON
They were instantly captivated by the gorgeous pictures: I think good illustrations are vital for a children’s book, especially one like this where it is based on the alphabet, as it really helps the words come alive. Thea was really concentrating, which was so cute.
Each letter has an interesting story about London, making it educational as well as fun. It’s great to read it as an adult too, as I didn’t know any of the stories. For instance, did you know that a swarm of bees covered Topshop’s window? Or that when they but the Olympic Park, they had to re-home some endangered newts? Me neither!
Next time we go to London, we will be able to talk about the tales from the book. There is a handy map at the back, so you can find the locations mentioned in the book.
As you can see, the beautiful illustrations continue through the book – I think my favourite is the penguin. Some of the tales are a bit more grown up than you would find in a traditional children’s book, but I think that it opens up some interesting discussion points.
WHERE TO BUY ABC OF ANIMALS IN LONDON
The book was written, illustrated and designed by Cristina Guidone-Charles (what a very clever lady) and costs £8, which I think is a great price for such a beautiful book. At the moment, if you add it to your order from A Room In My House, you also get free postage. The website is full of lovely things, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!
I think ABC of Animals in London would make a gorgeous present for new parents. They could look forward to reading it to their baby when they get bigger (and in the meantime, it will look amazing on a shelf in the nursery!) I think anyone who lives in, or loves London would also appreciate it, as although it is a children’s book, it’s not at all childish.
*I was sent this book to review, and all opinions are my own, as usual.