New Books We’ve Enjoyed ~ April

Amongst the (many many) repeats of my two children’s favourite books, we’ve managed to fit in a few new entrants. Here’s what we liked (with affiliate links):

Pasta Kidz The Boing Boing Bushes – Bryony Supper

This is the third book in the The Pasta Kidz and Pasta Petz Adventures series. We’ve previously read the first book and really enjoyed it. The series is quite different to standard kids’ books, both in terms of the characters and the illustrations. The books introduce the readers to a whole world of pasta, with new friends to meet and even its own language. Each book has a moral message to impart but it’s weaved cleverly into the story.

Cover of Pasta Kidz book

In The Boing Boing Bushes, we meet Camilla Cannelloni (and her awesome hair) and Felix Fusilli. They’ve decided to amuse themselves by making up their own pasta games, including trying to catch the Boing Boing Bushes – but do they want to be caught? We also find out where the other Pasta Kidz are, and why they’ve been hiding….

This is a great series of books to read with slightly older children, as the language is a bit more advanced, but they’re guaranteed to enjoy them.

How Rude! – by Clare Helen Welsh and Olivier Tallec


Cover of How Rude!

We really enjoyed this story, it’s actually a simple concept but told in a really engaging way. Dot has invited her friend Duck to a tea party, but Duck seems to have less his manners behind. In scenes reminiscent of many households, Duck gets ruder and ruder and ruder. Dot, bless her, finally snaps and the story comes to its conclusion.

For me as a parent I enjoyed this book for two reasons. Firstly, the cleanness of the pages and the bright illustrations made it nice to read, and it made me laugh. Secondly, the moral of the story is one that we see again and again as parents, and it was interesting to talk to my son about politeness and friendship. I’m hoping that he’ll remember the lessons that Dot and Duck learnt!

*We were gifted copies of these books in exchange for an impartial review.

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