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Sunday 3 June 2012

Review: There’s a House Inside My Mummy

I am thrilled to see the board book version of this story which is more practical to share with toddlers than the paperback version I shared with my son in 2001 when he was 3 years old.

The little boy in this story reveals to the reader how a baby is growing inside his mother – hence 'mummy’s tummy house'.  He describes the changes his mother goes through from growing bigger every day to eating crazy stuff and her tiredness.

It is a positive waiting story of a boy looking forward to the arrival of his new baby brother. The boy shares how he wants to show his toys to his brother but in the meantime he will talk to him through the 'tummy telephone'.

Giles Andreae writes using a lovely rhythm and rhyme that makes his stories like Giraffes can’t dance and Commotion in the ocean a beautiful read-aloud story to share with children.

This gentle, feel good and thoughtful story makes it a wonderful shared lap story for a child who is expecting a new sibling, at an age appropriate level. The illustrations are bright and show a loving and engaging family.

A pure delight!

- this review by KBR newcomer Leanne Barrett

Title: There’s a House Inside My Mummy
Author: Giles Andreae
Illustrator: Vanessa Cabban
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Books, $12.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2012
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781408315880
For ages: 2 - 5
Type: Picture Book, Board Book