Mr peabody’s Apples by Madonna
What they say:
It has received some very mixed reviews but in my opinion, this is actually well written book. I was so ready not to like it on account of it’s author being a pop-star (I’m such a snob) but it is a really nice children’s book with a powerful message for everyone, regardless of age.
The story of Mr Peabody speaks of the power of gossip, the danger of presumption and the impact of words upon other people; specifically, the fact that once something is said…it cannot be ‘unsaid’. The illustrations are unusual, old fashioned and charming and the story is told in a way which is simple but does not patronise it’s young audience.
I read this book with my daughter when she was 5 years old and it provoked some very interesting questions and discussions about responsibility and judgement. I would recommend this as a read to or read along book; older children may find it a little too simplistic. I loved it so much that I bought an extra copy for the children at my friend’s Nursery.