Title: Tea Party Parade
Author: Nick Sharratt
Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
Publisher: Barrington Stoke (Little Gems)
Genre: Young children’s fiction
Book format: Paperback
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Description:  Twirling teacups and swirling swiss rolls!
What’s going on?
Why is the playgournd filled with gigantic jam tarts, colossal cakes and the most enoumous jelly?
Could it be something to do with the CHILDREN’S PARADE?

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This is a fun story with some great and fun illustrations.  There are some strange things lying about in the playground of Class One’s school.  A giant teapot, a jug of juice, and lots of delicious treats.  The children in class one are practicing for the tea party parade and there’s lots of fun to be had when everybody dresses up in their costumes.  ‘Tea Party Parade’ is a small book, about pocket sized and is filled with thick pages of illustrations and text.

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Though this story is simple, it is very fun and I like how at first we’re shown all the tea party treats and cups without seeing the children.  After that the children all get into different costumes along with some of the teachers, costumes such as swiss rolls and tea cups.  And the class then practices how they will parade, with some fun ways that they arrange themselves when certain things are shouted out by the teachers.

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The illustrations really make this book so fun.  The story is quite short with very few words, but there is some fun rhyming within the tale, and I love how this book is so visual with all of the children in class one enjoying dressing up and running around as different tea party treats.  The pictures are all so colourful and I do love how different all of the children look, and how (as one reviewer has pointed out already) a couple of the children are shown with disabilities such as a wheelchair user and a child with a hearing aid.  Both children get to dress up and enjoy the parade as much as the others and I just love how this book shows all of the children looking so happy and having fun.  I love the author’s style of illustration which I’ve already enjoyed in other books.  Every picture is so colourful and bright and happy, and I just love what happens when the children in the swiss roll team get together to form a giant roll!

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On the inside front page there is a spot the difference puzzle to add to children’s fun.  This asks for 6 differences to be found but even with my adult eyes I only found 5 so I don’t know if this was a mistake or I just can’t see that last difference, lol.  The book is printed in a text that is especially easy to read for dyslexics and with lines spaced out making it easier to read.  The whole story ,being so short with less text than most of the other books I’ve read in the Little Gems series from Barrington Stoke, makes it a fun and easy read for all young children, although after finishing it I do wish there was a just little more, such as an image or mention of the actual parade or something rather than just the practice, but this is still a lovely story and a very fun visual book for children.

What do you think of this book?  Did you ever have tea parties as a child?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂