For as long as I can remember I have always been surrounded by books, mainly courtesy of book-loving Mummy and Daddy Relish. Although I was often too distracted to read by the opportunity to play and goad my little brother when I was younger, books DID happen sometimes and I was always sure to max out on my book limit on our monthly trips to the local library, even if I never picked any of them up once they arrived back home (a frequent occurrence).
So, out of the books I actually did bother to read as a child, which one do I hold close to my heart the most? Hmmmm….
7. Childhood Favourite
It is completely bananas that the best image I can find of the front cover of this brilliant picture book by Marilyn Sadler is the shoddiness above (courtesy of Amazon). Although I know there are other books featuring our favourite square; Alistair, this is the one I had as a kid and it is even more hilarious as an adult. After a day out at the zoo (on Saturday since it’s cheaper for children) Alistair is followed home by a humongous elephant. Despite his best efforts he simply can’t shake him! An exasperated Alistair finally manages to get rid of his new friend, only to be followed home by a giraffe instead. Sadler’s text is so deadpan and Bollen’s images so bright this book is great fun for all the family (especially Auntie Lucy!)