Kid’s Book Review: The Roar

Kid’s Book Review: The Roar

About the Book and Author

From the team who created Hug here is another lovely picture book exploring feelings and friendship, published by Faber.

There were so many things that Tortoise wanted to do. So many games to play and rocks to climb.
But when he was unable to join in Tortoise was sad.

But his friend Hedgehog sits and waits and then makes Tortoise laugh – taking the time to let the moment pass, and acknowledge how Tortoise feels.

Eoin McClaughlin and Polly Dunbar

Eoin McLaughlin was born in Ireland but he now lives in Southern England. When he’s not hugging his family, he’s writing stories. The Hug was Eoin’s debut picture book. He has also written Secret Agent Elephant, illustrated by Ross Collins and The Case of the Missing Cake, illustrated by Marc Boutavant. Find out more about Eoin on his website.

Polly Dunbar is one of the best-known illustrators working in the UK today. Polly’s bestselling book, Penguin, won numerous awards including the BookTrust Early Year’s Award, the Nestle Silver Children’s Book Prize, the Red House Children’s Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Polly was also chosen as one of BookTrust’s Ten Best Illustrators. Find out more about Polly’s work by visiting her website.

Book Review

This book provided a lovely framework for discussing how you can help when someone is feeling sad

Zaki listened carefully and commented on what was happening in the pictures. The clear simple illustrations and short sentences kept him engaged throughout.

This book provided a lovely framework for discussing how you can help when someone is feeling sad; we talked about the sorts of things Zaki likes others to do when he is feeling sad and what he might try when someone else is feeling sad.

The length of the book was just right for a toddler.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Zaki
  • Age: 2 years
  • Likes: Swimming, Spiderman and banana pancakes
  • Dislikes: Bedtime
  • Favourite Movie: Minions
  • Favourite Song: Sleeping Bunnies
  • Favourite Book: Peace at Last by Jill Murphy