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Review: The Quiet Woman and the Noisy Dog


Title: The Quiet Woman and the Noisy Dog

Author: Sue Eves

Illustrator: Ailie Busby

What it’s about: It’s time for a good, old-fashioned mix-up when a quiet woman and her noisy dog meet a noisy woman and her quiet dog in the park. The dogs play together, get messed up and then get mixed up as they go home with the wrong women. ‘This book takes after its title – it’s an excellent book full of pictures and words.’ (from Holly)

Holly’s review: My review is that this is a wonderful book full of opposites. It is quite a long book for a picture book. It is more of a young child’s book but I like it despite that. It’s an excellent book full of fun and I think it’s a rather adventurous book but that’s my opinion.

Sam’s review:  What drew us to this book was it’s colourful cover and a feeling of happiness that seemed to come from the page. It seemed more homespun (in a good way) and traditional than a lot of children’s books which come with unusual designs, offbeat drawings and clever titles. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think either are good or bad, it’s just refreshing sometimes to see books that are produced for their target audience and perhaps not with the reading adults in mind. The message of the book was fairly straightforward – that opposites can attract and that it’s good to try something new. And that we’re all not totally set in our ways: we are capable of being different people. However, the overwhelming sensation is that you should be true to your nature and feel happy with it. Certainly the dogs seem to feel that way!

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Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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