It’s fair to say that we read a lot of books in this house. Whilst Little Miss C is now obsessed with reading herself, Master C still loves nothing more than curling up in an evening with a pile of picture books – and I’m pretty sure that’s not just as an excuse to delay bedtime by 30 minutes or so.
Some kids books can be a tad predictable and when I first picked up A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals I wondered if that was going to be the case here. Surely it was just going to be a cut and dry case of the hungry lion being the culprit and Miss Marple wouldn’t even need to look up from her knitting to solve the mystery of the swindling assortment of animals. But oh no!
Lucy Ruth Cummins’ fantastic book has some hysterical twists though including ones that even had cynical old me laughing out loud when I read it to Master C for the first time. The illustrations are utterly gorgeous and cute and it seems to have instantly become a firm favourite of Master C’s.
Little Miss C has also taken to reading it to her brother and there is honestly nothing more adorable than seeing the two of them curled up in bed together with her reading aloud and pointing out things in the pictures to him. The style of writing was also excellent for her to practice her “expression” when reading as that’s what she’s working on at school at the moment.
Lucy Ruth Cummins has illustrated a range of books for Simon & Schuster before, but this is her debut picture book for them. In my opinion it’s a wonderful first book and makes me quite excited to see what she comes up with next.
A Hungry Lion or a dwindling assortment of animals was published in paperback on 21 April 2016 by Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4711-4707-4 £6.99
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of A Hungry Lion or a dwindling adornment of animals for the purposes of this review. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.