A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton

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A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton

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Category: For Sharing
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Keith Dudhnath
Reviewed by Keith Dudhnath
Summary: A gentle and pleasant are you my mummy? tale with fantastic illustrations. Everything is done very well, but the only criticism is that the story has been done before a number of times.
Buy? Maybe Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: May 2011
Publisher: Walker
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1406333831

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Little owl has fallen out of his nest - uh-oh! Thankfully, a kindly squirrel is going to help him find his mummy. The little owl remembers aspects of what she looks like, so the squirrel ticks off animal after animal until they find mummy owl.

A Bit Lost is a pleasant are you my mummy? tale. Any children who haven't yet come across the many other books in this genre will find much to enjoy here. It's gently paced, and the owl's worry isn't made too strong for any sensitive souls. The text is clear and direct, with an appropriate level of repetition throughout.

Chris Haughton's illustrations are definitely the highlight here. They're quirky and unique, full of expression, and really flesh out the characters. I'm always a sucker for a big dopey bear, and the one here, with the bemused look on his face, was great fun to see. A Bit Lost is Haughton's first book, and I can't wait to see what he goes on to produce, as he's clearly very talented.

I've only one criticism of A Bit Lost, and that's the lack of originality in th plot. Are you my mummy? stories like this have been done many times before, and largely to a very high standard. Viewed in splendid isolation, A Bit Lost is a fantastic book that ticks all the right boxes. Viewed amongst all the other books out there, it's simply one of many that would do nicely.

If your bookshelf is lacking a book of this type, then you'll be glad you picked it up. Otherwise, borrowing it from the library is probably best. We also have a review of Haughton's Shh! We Have a Plan.

For other tales of missing mummies, take a look at Lulu The Big Little Chick by Paulette Bogan, The Kitten With No Name by Vivian French and Selina Young and Quack Quack Moo, We See You! by Mij Kelly and Katharine McEwen.

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