Picture Book - Chilly Milly Moo - Fiona Ross (Author & Illustrator)
Recommended for: Babies/Toddlers/Younger Readers
Yes, I know Christmas was over a month ago, but I have a pile of books I've never got round to reviewing, and you can always view this again next year.
Chilly Milly Moo tells the story of a cow called Milly, who finds it too hot to produce milk. The other cows and farmer can't cheer her up, until the snow comes along. All of a sudden, when the other cows can't produce any milk anymore, Milly is able to produce...ice cream! Children (or the ones who've had ice cream by now anyway!), will think this is wonderful, and you might have to spend the next hour or so explaining why this isn't quite accurate, and how they can't have an ice cream making cow. Although surely if you could buy one, it'd be a real cash-cow...sorry, couldn't resist.
The illustrations in this book are brilliant, some of the best I've seen since I started this blog, and the story uses the scenery in many imaginative ways, such as writing sentences in the walls of the barn (a word per brick). It's also another example of a story to show children that everyone has their value, and you shouldn't count anybody out. I'm all for a good moral message in a children's story!
Make sure you check it out next Christmas.