Angus and Lucy love books. They have hundreds of them. But when the books are taken away, Angus and Lucy’s family soon discovers they cannot live without them. A warm and moving celebration of books and the way in which they bring us all together.
In order to get Amelia hooked on books we picked this up and it was an excellent choice! And one which I regularly congratulate us on for being great parents, purely on the strength of this.
It is easy to fall in love with The Children Who Loved Books, at its heart it’s a story that brings through the love of books and shared family bonding time. It gives the reader a warm feeling and also provides a brief experience to savour.
There is an emphasis on the theme of not needing many material possessions and decluttering which is something that is good to instil in the little ‘uns. Speaking of which the words are very sparing and the illustrations offer enough detail without being overly done. The cat and chicken that pop up on each page are big hit with Amelia.
Books about books are great and books about bonding over books are even better, however no review is complete without finding something to fault. Although it’s a minor gripe I was nonetheless a bit put out by one troubling thing.
I can’t excuse the parents using the books to prop up furniture, to use as stairs, or balance wobbly tables. This desecration of the humble medium of the book would not be tolerated by many book lovers, but it makes for a good discussion on how to treat one’s books.
Thankfully, the ending is a pleasant and happy one. The themes of simple appreciations and togetherness far exceed my quibbles with the book, perhaps I am just getting grumpy in my old age. This book will stay in our family forever now, I refuse to let go of it, except for when we share it as a family.