By Author / Illustrator
Lou Peacock, Nicola Slater
Nosy Crow Ltd
Paperback / softback
A funny, reassuring picture book about dogs, tricky choices and friendship - with artwork by bestselling illustrator Nicola Slater! Charlie does NOT like to choose. He can't make up his mind between chocolate or vanilla ice cream, stripy or spotty underpants . . . or whether he wants the lights on or off at bedtime. It's much too hard! The trickiest thing of all to choose is a birthday present - how will he ever make up his mind? But when a new friend with a waggy tail chooses HIM, making choices gets a little easier. Charlie Chooses is the ideal story to introduce children from 3+ to the idea of making tricky decisions. Every Nosy Crow paperback picture book comes with a free 'Stories Aloud' audio recording - just scan the QR code and listen along!
Know someone indecisive? Want to instil the power of teamwork and the phrase '2 heads are better than 1'? Then this is the light-hearted, funny and reassuring book for you! It reminds me of the 'You Choose' collection by Nick Sharratt which is an absolute firm favourite with children.
Nosy Crow have published some real showstoppers that are enjoyable to read over and over and this is one of them. It is no surprise as author Lou Peacock is 'Head of Picture Books' at Nosy Crow so we know we are in good hands!
In Charlie Chooses, we meet Charlie whose indecisiveness often leaves him without. He cannot make a decision and so making no decision at all and losing out seems to be his only option. When it comes to Charlie's birthday, he has the most challenging decision of all to make… what will he choose for his birthday present? Luckily for Charlie, the present chooses HIM! This is the start of a whole new outlook for Charlie where a problem shared is a problem halved… or decision at least!
Nicola Slater's illustrations are SO cleverly done that they tell the story without the need of the words. The accompanying audio book makes it all the more enjoyable to follow along and immerse yourself in the illustrations. Even the youngest of book worms can enjoy this book and will be able to retell the narrative independently. This picture book really can be enjoyed by everyone. Especially decision-makers, choice-'avoiders' and dog-lovers!
Picture book / Reviewed by Jessica Bunney, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 3+