Title: The Lipstick
Author: Laura Dockrill
Illustrator: Maria Karipidou
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
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Dewcription:  A little boy discovers his mum’s LIPSTICK.  He tries it on his lips – MWAH!  Then he takes it for a little walk…  Scrible scribble on the walls.  LOVELY JUBBLY!

*Free copy provied by publisher for review…

Review:  This is a fun story with some great illustrations.  One day everything is quiet in the house while a young boy decides to try using his mum’s lipstick.  The lipstick is bright pink and he manages to put it on his lips, but then he decides to take the lipstick on a walk around the house, painting lots of other things along the way.  This paperback is filled with thick matt pages of colourful illustrations and text.

The Lipstick book page image one
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As the boy takes the lipstick around the house he paints all sorts of pictures with it, doodling on the walls, in the bathroom, his sister’s room and all sorts of places, including on different objects and his cat!  But of course eventually what he’s done is discovered by his family.  I like this simple yet funny tale.  The boy narrates the story as he takes the lipstick for a walk around the house, insisting that the lipstick is making him do everything.  I love how this situation can so easily have happened in many homes when children decide to play dress up.  The boy is proud of wearing the lipstick though, and then enjoys himself so much when he doodles on everything.  The ending is good, and although there are consequences to painting lipstick on all the walls, there is a lovely last scene with the boy and his mum and the lipstick event isn’t shown to be so bad.

The illustrations are brilliant.  I love how all of the characters look, especially the boy and his cat.  The cat follows the boy throughout every scene, reacting the way that most people would to seeing lipstick everywhere.  I love how fun and detailed all of the images are and how bright and pink the lipstick is on every page.  The pictures make the story so appealing and I love how cheerful the boy is throughout.  I also love how the cat looks, especially when the cat gets painted with lipstick too!

The Lipstick book page image two
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Overall this is a lovely and fun picture book.  The story is funny and something some parents and children might be able to relate to, and it ends in a great and positive way.

What do you think of this book?  Did you like to play dress up and try on your mum’s  lipstick when you were younger?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂