Someone at Simon and Schuster must be totally in tune with when my kids are either under the weather or being awkward as it always ties in beautifully with when review books arrive from them. That's exactly what happened last week when Master C was full of cold and demanding almost constant feeding. Luckily the postman delivered a copy of Snug as a Bug and I was able to snuggle up on the sofa with them both to read it straight away.
Any book that has a main character named after Master C is a sure fire hit in this house and that's exactly what we had here. The book starts on a grey, gloomy day with a planned trip to the park. A complaint about how it's raining leads to Mum promising that she's "packed extra cuddles" to make sure he's safe when they find some puddles. "You'll be as snug as a bug, rolled up in a rug" and so the rhyming couplets begin.
We then count together up to ten through various animals all dressed appropriately for the weather, even if you do have to wonder why the kippers are wearing slippers! Once at the park George decides to take off his coat, but mum fears that he may then get cold so the rhyming couplets then count down from ten looking at some innapropriately dressed or behaving animals.
This book is great fun as there's a fantastic range of animals included, and some wearing or doing some quite strange things. It introduced Little Miss C to some animals she didn't know and all the illustrations are beautiful - detailed and colourful. There's one bit that totally threw me though. Maybe it's my northern accent, but I really struggled to make the following rhyme unless I pretended to be a southerner!
Like two tall giraffes
with snowflakes for scarves
Despite the weather at the park I was left with a lovely warm and fluffy feeling about this book and it was great to read something that both Little Miss C and I could laugh out loud about.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Snug as a Bug to review.
Snug as a Bug, Paperback ISBN 978-0 85707-109-5 RRP £6.99
Published by Simon and Schuster, publication date 31 January 2013