Title: Oh No, George!
Author: Chris Haughton
Illustrator: Chris Haughton
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Board book (as part of Shh: A Chris Haughton Boxed Set)
Description: George wants to be good. He tries to be good. But he has just seen a cake in the kitchen…What will George do?!
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This has to be my favourite book from the whole collection of Chris Haughton picture books I’ve read! Harris is going out for a while and he leaves George the dog alone at home. George promises Harris that he’s going to be good, but then George spots a cake, and George loves cake, what will he do?….Oh no, George! This board book is small and has thick board pages that are filled with colourful illustrations and some text. The edges of the book are rounded which is good as they won’t hurt very young hands.
The story is hilarious and so funny I’m sure plenty of adults will love this as much as the kids! George keeps spotting things that he loves, and as you’ve probably guessed, he can’t quite control himself so when Harrison comes home the whole house looks a mess. George feels bad and the story does have a good ending with George learning his lesson (I won’t quite explain what happens as it would spoil it), but there is also a brilliant last page that leaves you laughing too.
The illustrations in the book are so funny and the way George looks would make anyone smile. The expressions are so easy to see and I love the simplicity of the pictures and how everything looks. There is an orange theme throughout most of the illustrations although there are some contrasting colours and I just love the way the whole book looks. George’s face and snout in particular are just so funny, you can’t help but love this dog.
I really enjoyed reading this book as an adult and children will love the repetition of seeing something George can’t resist and then calling out “Oh no, George!”. It’s such a simple story and so funny, it’s definitely one I can see kids wanting to have a look at again and again, and I’m sure other adults like me would just love the sense of humour in this story too!
Have you read this book or any others by Chris Haughton? Do you have a dog that gets into trouble like George? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂