In our household we love books and all family members know this. Every birthday and Christmas my children are presented with lovely books from different family members. Our favourites have to be the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler range and sometimes I find books hard to beat the likes of The Highway rat and most recently Superworm but sometimes the simple books with a lovely heart warming meaning are as nice. Conker and Nudge is one of those books the illustrations are nice, quite simple but it's the meaning behind the story that sells it to me and makes my boys smile.
Conker and Nudge is about two brothers, two anteaters to be exact called Conker and Nudge. They do lots together playing around, swinging in trees, practicing balancing and so much more. Nudge looks up to his big brother and loves to copy the big boy things Conker does. Sometimes this is ok but sometimes it annoys Conker. Conker can be a little mean to his little brother sometimes. But one day Conker finds he needs his little brother and it is at that moment when Nudge saves him he realises how special it is to have a little brother!
The first time I read this book to my boys I instantly thought of them. At four and a half and three years old they fight like cat and dog some days and others love each other to bits. I often find myself telling them how lucky they are to have each other and I felt this story told them that nicely. I love a story that has a heart warming message at the end of it and I felt this one did. Even my eldest son said after reading it Conker and Nudge are like me and my little brother which made me smile.
I felt the actually story flowed nicely and each page consisted of a good amount of text within a nicely illustrated picture. The story is spread across twenty six pages and lasts for just under five minutes, the right amount of time for my youngest son. The story flowed along at a good pace and didn't dwell on something for too long this kept my son's attentions.
The characters are animated well in the illustrations. I love the look of the friendly looking furry anteaters. My youngest son was drawn to them instantly. This book isn't full of bright colourful pictures the illustrations are made up of more pastel colours and the pictures lack the large amount of detail my eldest son likes. But that said they compliment the story well and my youngest was extremely happy with the anteaters been shown to be swinging in trees and balancing on hills.
For my boys it isn't a book that has found its way off the book shelve time and time again but it has been read a few times since the first reading. My youngest son is the one who has been drawn to it more. The book retails at £5.99 which is an average for a book of this type. If you can get it a bit cheaper I would recommend it, if only for the lovely plot line.
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