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Our latest book we have been reading is called Max, Mouse and the Doll’s House by Christine Johnson. Now I’m reading to two of them. Baby dottie is more alert now as she’s growing at nearly 9 weeks old, and baby girl is taking lots of interest in books now. I often see her sitting down with a book, chatting away to herself and pointing at the pictures.
Before you get to our review, here is a little bit about Max, Mouse and the Doll’s House….
Max is a little boy who loves to stay at his Nani’s house and play with the doll’s house, which his Nani played with as a child. Little did Max know that when he went to sleep that night, the doll’s house would come to life.
Max learns that the cellar door of the doll’s house leads to the jungle and that Charlie, the chimpanzee, has lost his parents and sister at the chimpanzees’ tea party. Max and Mouse agree to help him go back to the jungle to find his family and with the help of Seb, the snake; Ollie, the elephant; and Edward, the eagle, they embark on a dangerous jungle adventure to find Charlie’s family.
Together, they must look after each other, as the jungle can be a scary place.
Can they reunite Charlie with his parents and sister?
Can Max and Mouse return safely to the doll’s house, or is it all a dream?
We really enjoyed this book. It took us a few days to get through as it’s got quite a lot of words for a children’s book. In fact I would say it’s one for an adult to read to a younger child. The story is probably more suited to the upper age range of the book so 7-8 year olds. Younger ages can still enjoy it a few pages at a time to be read to.
I love the illustrations by Matt Buckingham, they are simple but lots of fun. It would have been better if they were in colour and maybe in later editions this can be done. The front cover shows how bright they could be inside the book.
We adored the character of Max. He is a smart, full of ideas little boy who is very helpful and kind. I’ve always been a fan of books that take you into another world, in this case through the cellar door in the doll’s house, and when the main character wakes up they cannot tell if it’s a dream or was real.
A great bedtime story that is perfect to read over a few nights.
I’m giving Max, Mouse and the Doll’s House by Christine Johnson 4 out of 5 stars purely for the lack of colour on the illustrations inside the book. Otherwise it would have got 5 out of 5 from us.
- Paperback: 77 pages
- Age Range: 4 – 8 years
- Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers (29 April 2018)
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*We were given a copy of Max, Mouse and the Doll’s House by Christine Johnson in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.