Kid’s Book Review: Too Much Stuff!

Kid’s Book Review: Too Much Stuff!

About the Book and Author

Here is another lovely picture book from the creator of modern classic Meerkat Mail . Emily Gravett has written and illustrated a very funny woodland story showing the dangers of having too much stuff. Set in the same forest as Gravett’s award-winning Tidy, it features a host of gorgeous woodland animals, including Pete the badger.

Meg and Ash are a pair of magpies who are building a nest for their perfect eggs. Although they begin their nest construction using the usual mud, sticks and grass, Meg and Ash are soon convinced that their nest doesn’t have enough stuff and begin to collect more things to add to an ever-growing pile. From cuckoo clocks to mops and socks, a pram and even a car – their need for stuff seems endless. Until – crash! – the inevitable happens.

Too Much Stuff front cover
Emily Gravett author

Emily Gravett is the second daughter of a printmaker and an art teacher. She left school at 16 and travelled the UK for eight years, living in a big green bus with her partner and their daughter. After returning to Brighton to take up an art degree, Emily sprang into the limelight with the ground-breaking Wolves in 2005, which won her the Macmillan Prize for Illustration, followed by a book deal and the first of her Kate Greenaway Medals.

Wolves was followed by such brilliant modern classics as Orange Pear Apple Bear, Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, Again! and the exquisite Tidy. Each book is unique and different from the last – and each features endearing, beautifully drawn characters that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. You can find more from her website.

Book Review

There are lots of animals and loads of things to spot in the pictures

I loved reading this book and looking at all the pictures. There are lots of animals and loads of things to spot in the pictures.

My favourite bit was when the birds tried to put a car in their nest! It was so silly to give chicks a car and I laughed when it all came crashing down.

I was a bit worried about the chicks under all that stuff though. The birds had lots of animal friends to help them. They gave all the stuff to animals who needed it and found the chicks at the end, which made me happy.

I think all the chicks needed was mummy and daddy and all their friends to be happy.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Jasper
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: swimming, biking and building with Lego
  • Dislikes: wasps and bacon
  • Favourite Book: Fantastic Mister Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Favourite Film: Octonauts and the Caves of Sac Actun
  • Favourite Song: The Ballard of Davy Crockett by Fess Parker