Sally Lloyd-Jones & Sue Heap
David Fickling Books, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
ts shape is just like the name of the book.
is a bright-colored, sturdy board book, whose cover includes a plastic carrying handle, a snap to keep the book closed, and a die-cut heart in the middle showing pictures of the characters who live inside!
eet six friends - hippopotamus Binky '
loves his blanket
'. Balloon-Bird says words in threes - like '
Bounce! Bounce! Bounce!
' - and his real name is Sir Wilberforce Ping. Hop-Spot the rabbit likes fairy cakes, and says, '
One for me, one for you, and one for me as well!
' Harry the dog's favorite words, are '
Not So Fast!
because he's strong and cool and brave
is a word used often by Semolina the cat ('
because she knows important things
'), while Loud Millie the mouse shouts out, '
I'ts Us! ... And we sing The Handbag Song!
ollowing the song (sung to the tune of
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
), the friends tell the story of '
how they came to live in a Pink Handbag
', which begins '
Once upon a time, Far, Far Away, there was a beautiful place called Planet Pink Handbag
' where ladies came in to shops and adopted handbags. But one day the handbags were kidnapped making the ladies - including princesses - very sad because they had to carry their things in a boot, a teakettle, a pail, or whatever else they could find. The saddest of all were the six friends because '
they didn't have a home
'. Questing, they met the
, who suggested where to search for the kidnapped handbags.
his innovative, engaging tale by Sally Lloyd-Jones is set in
with words printed script-style. Illustrator Sue Heap pencil-lined the characters, then filled in their colorful outfits, set against very bright streams of blue, pink, yellow, orange, and other colors in between. (The back cover reassures readers that '
No Handbags Were Harmed During the Making of This Book
' and also includes a warning - '
Small parts Not for children under 3 years of age
'). The British author says, '
I've always loved stories (particularly ones with giants and monsters in them) and telling them, which I used to get in trouble for.
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