Title: Alphonse, That Is Not OK To Do!
Author: Daisy Hirst
Illustrator: Daisy Hirst
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Book format: Paperback
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Description: Natalie mostly likes having Alphonse around, but when she catches him eating her favourite book, well…That is Not OK!

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  I love this funny book about sibling problems. The story is about Natalie and her younger brother Alphonse. Just like so many typical sibling problems, Natalie, being older, likes her brother but sometimes he does things that make her not like him. The story starts off by showing us how much the two of them enjoy spending time together, naming pigeons, storytime, etc. but then we see why Alphonse sometimes upsets Natalie by eating her favourite book! I don’t want to spoil the story, but it’s very funny and has a happy ending.

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The pictures in this book really made me smile. Natalie and Alphonse are such simply drawn creatures but the book can really show their emotions well. The story also had me laughing, with both the pictures and the way some of the story was worded, especially about the ‘lunch was peas’ part which had me laughing for some silly reason. The book a paperback and around A4ish in size although square in shape. There are nice thick pages which aren’t glossy but show colours really well.

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I think kids, and especially those with siblings will relate to and enjoy this book. The ending is funny and sweet but also gets across a great message of getting along with your siblings. Apart from that adults might enjoy this too. I’m not a child myself but I found the whole book’s story and pictures really funny and engaging. I’d definitely recommend this book.

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-Review first appeared online May 2017 – now republished here.

What do you think of this book?  Do you like the illustrations?  What about books that focus on sibling relationsips?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂