Dave by Sue Hendra, illustrated by Liz Pichon – Review

Published by – Hodder Children

Publication date – 7 February 2013

Source – borrowed copy


“By a bestselling team, this hilarious picture book will appeal to all those young children who love toilet humour!

A reissue of this hilarious picture book with a stunning glittery cover. Written by Sue Hendra, the creator of the bestselling Barry the Fish with Fingers (88,000 copies sold in the UK alone) and Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell (83,000 copies sold in the UK alone), and illustrated by Liz Pichon, the creator of The Brilliant World of Tom Gates.

Dave is a great big ol’ greedy guts. He loves his dinners. One unfortunate day, after eating a bit too much, he gets stuck in his cat flap. How will he escape? The answer will have you rolling around the floor with laughter.

‘A simple story brilliantly told, with a hilarious conclusion.’ The Bookbag

‘I laughed so much I farted!’ Edward, aged 6″

5 0f 5 stars

“Dave is big and quite fantastic”. So goes the opening lines of this delightful children’s book that charts the tale of Dave the ginger cat and an unfortunate predicament he finds himself in.

Not only is Dave fantastic, so is the whole book. The lines are perfectly paced for little readers to be to join in, gleefully shouting what has happened to Dave. I am always on the look out for books to encourage speech development and this is one such book.

It is the sign of a good children’s book when it entertains adults and children alike. It is the sign of a great children’s book when the reader doesn’t mind the tenth straight reading of it. And this is such a book. I was more than happy to turn to the first page on each gleeful plea of ‘Again’. This book is great for bed time reading, and was a boon for soothing during a fitful night’s sleep.

The illustrations are perfect, matching the lines of the story extremely well. They are an integral part of the story, as they should be and are a delight to see.

The copy we have is borrowed from nursery so I will have to get a copy for our house soon. Double Dave is due for release in January 2016 so I will have to snap up a copy of that on release. I will be seeing what other treats Sue Hendra and Liz Pichon have published while I wait.

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