Loved To Bits (Teresa Heapy & Katie Cleminson)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Loved To Bits by Teresa Heapy and Katie Cleminson, a precious tale of the life of a beloved stuffed animal.

In pleasantly-flowing rhyme, the young narrator introduces his stuffed bear, Stripy Ted. Stripy Ted doesn’t leave the boy’s bed anymore; you see, once upon a time he was a plush stuffed bear with golden stripes, and he and the boy did absolutely everything together. Fighting dragons, traveling the seven seas, exploring ruins, and making daring escapes – nothing was too exciting or dangerous for this duo. As their adventures unfold, however, Stripy Ted begins show his wear: a popped eye button, a missing ear, and eventually each of his four limbs. Even his stripes turn from gold to a faded brown. He takes each of these injuries with chipper positively, but soon even the boy must admit that Ted is no longer suited for their wild adventures. However, when the boy’s mother asks if she should mend Ted, he is quick to decline: Ted doesn’t mind his injuries, and is now the perfect size for cuddling at bedtime, and keeping his boy company through the long night.

Absolutely adorable. Most little ones have their own version of Stripy Ted (JJ’s is a battered fellow named Cuddle Fox), and readers of all ages will immediately recognize the special bond between the main character and his lovey. It’s this, plus the classic look of the dreamy storybook illustrations, that give this book a timeless feel. The premise seems oddly grotesque, but the hilariously nonchalant attitude of Ted (“‘Tis but a scratch!” he declares after one injury, a delightful nod to the adult audience) prevent the tone from being anything but light, warm, and sentimental. And easy to see why – Ted is based on the author’s son’s own well-loved bear. The length is perfect, the story sublime, and JJ and I both loved it. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

Magic Box (Katie Cleminson)

Hello, friends! And at last, we are caught up with our reviews! Our book today is Magic Box by Katie Cleminson, a joyful tale of a young master magician named Eva.

Eva find a magic box one day and jumps in, and becomes a master magician. Suddenly, whatever she wishes for appears in a snap. She wishes for a pet named Monty and poof! He appears, though he’s a bit larger than she had expected, being a polar bear and all. Readers then follow Eva through a day of magic that brings whatever her imagination can dream up: rabbits from hats, a party with the best animal musicians and the yummiest food, and once everyone is danced out, everything cleaned up in a snap! Well, except for Monty… 

This was a fun little book! The story is simple and fun, and the text is easy and fun to read aloud. The illustrations are adorable and colorful, with outlined characters but bright splashes of colors on each page to bright them to life. The length is great, and JJ really enjoyed this one, especially all of Eva’s animal friends. This one is Baby Bookworm approved!