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Sunday 14 June 2009

Review: Humphrey's Day

It’s clear as clear can be that the author/illustrator of this book, the very talented Sally Hunter, is a mother. When I read this book to my children, I also feel mothered, the text is so beautifully motherese and loving.

It’s also clear this is a mother who absolutely adores her children and has the uncanny ability to see the world through their eyes.

Humphrey, a divine and darling little elephant toddler, takes us through his day at a very toddler level – from quite literally two feet off the ground. We see him struggling to get his feet into his socks, we see him nibbling on his breakfast egg and soldiers. We watch making a home from a box, stirring mud stew in the garden, watching his baby brother’s peas rolling across the floor, and riding high with daddy to see the stars in the cold night sky, just before bed.

Just like Hunter’s other Humphrey books, the illustrations in Humphrey’s Day are absolutely gorgeous – so delicately perfect, intricate and lusciously coloured with tones the making of a long-time classic.

If you want a book to snuggle with your heart and entrance your child and create a delicious nighttime bond, then this is the book for you.

Title: Humphrey’s Day
Author/Illustrator: Sally Hunter

Publisher: Puffin

Format: Softcover

ISBN: 0 140 56928 6

For ages: 0 - 7

Type: Picture Book

Related books:Humphrey's Corner
Humphrey's Christmas
Humphrey's Family
Humphrey's Garden
Humphrey's Playtime
Humphrey's Bedtime
Humphrey's Birthday
Humphrey's Colours