WIN!! A wonderful addition to your children's bookcase with this very special competition from Tidy Books. There are two popular children's classic books from the UK and the US: 'The Wombles' and 'Junket is Nice.' But why is it that they aren't better known outside their 'home' countries?
British kids haven't giggled over the kid's classic book 'Junket is Nice'? And American kids haven't been charmed by 'The Wombles'? Kids grew up on these books on each side of the pond. In the spirit of trans-Atlantic co-operation, we have a review and giveaway to show you what you might have missed!
Which one would you choose? To be in with a chance of winning one of these classic favourites, simply leave a comment telling us which you'd prefer. Good luck!
Junket is Nice is a brilliant nonsense tale that keeps readers guessing. Written in 1933, this quirky American classic still appeals to kids today. An old man is eating junket (I had to look it up -a milky pudding) and is eating so much that people from all over the world come to look and wonder what the old man is thinking about while he feasts. There's lots of repetition and silly guesses for kids to enjoy : 'A pelican pretending he didn't hear anyone call him.' was one of our favourites.
Recently re-published by New York Review Children's Collection, there is a lovely simplicity and humour to Dorothy Kunhardt's classic, which reminds me of 'Mike and Mary Ann' by Virginia Lee Burton. You might know Kunhart for her famous children's book 'Pat the Bunny'. This book makes a lovely keepsake as well being an enjoyable read.
The Wombles by Elisabeth Beresford was required reading (and watching) for most British kids in the 1970s and 80s. The Wombles are furry creatures who live underneath Wimbledon Common keeping it tidy and recycling the rubbish/garbage that wasteful humans throw away. Great Uncle Bulgaria, Orinoco and Tobermory are just some of the characters that helped teach a generation of British kids about not being wasteful and sharing through their adventures and scrapes.
The Wombles were turned in to a TV series and songs which reached the Charts. You might remember "Underground, overground, Wombling free...." Americans might also be amused that when Cousin Yellowstone comes to visit from the States, he teaches the Wombles about deep freezing to keep them from running out of food in the winter. You can explore the Wombles more via this cute website from the publisher.
Elisabeth Beresford's first Wombles book has also been republished, along with a CD with selected stories read by Bernard Cribbins.
YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A COPY
Which one would you choose? To be in with a chance of winning one of these classic favourites, simply leave a comment telling us which you'd prefer.
The Wombles Gift Book Edition is written by Elisabeth Beresford, and published by Bloomsbury Nov 2013.
Junket is Nice by Dorothy Kunhardt (1933) is published in the UK by Frances Lincoln.
The review and giveaway copies were kindly provided by the publishers.