Sunday, 5 May 2013

A Squash and a Squeeze review and giveaway!

We are massive fans of picture book duo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, their books are very present on our bookshelves a firm favourite in our house is The Snail and the Whale which I get asked to read several times a week! Remarkably though we had not read the first book A Squash and a Squeeze. So we were very kindly sent a copy to review.

In 2013, Macmillan Children’s Books celebrates twenty years of publishing the no.1 best-selling picture book duo in the UK. Since the publication of their first book together, A Squash and a Squeeze, they have written and illustrated over twenty books in twenty years! Wow what an achievement!

The copy we received is a special 20th Anniversary edition, in addition to the story it has got a lovely write up from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler about how they each came to write the book. Did you know that A Squash and a Squeeze is actually nearly 40 and it started out as a song?! No, nor did I, but I won't spoil it and give away anymore info than that! It also has some lovely sketches showing how the old lady developed (explained in more detail in Axel's write up).

True to Julia Donaldson' style A Squash and a Squeeze flows really well, it is easy to read and has lots of rhyme and repetition.  The illustrations are fantastic, Chester really loved pointing out different details to me. We have read this book a handful of times and Chester already knows most of what is coming next! He is at the stage where he loves to 'read' the books to me (actually most of the time he wants to read to Millie) and this one certainly allows him to do that. I can see that A Squash and a Squeeze is going to quickly become another bedtime favourite in our house!

So Macmillan Children's Books have been kind enough to give me TWO copies to giveaway to two of my lucky readers! All you have to do is fill in the rafflecopter form below. There is one mandatory question (a comment on this post with the answer) and then several other ways to earn more entries although these are not mandatory. If the rafflecopter widget does not show up please refresh the page.

The giveaway is open to UK residents and a winners (2 people will win one copy of A Squash and a Squeeze' special 20th anniversary edition) will be chosen at random by rafflecoptor and announced here on the blog. The giveaway will run until 20th May 2013.
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