Mrs Muddle Paperback by Helen E Jones BOOK OF THE WEEK

Mrs Muddle Paperback by Helen E Jones BOOK OF THE WEEK

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 14th May 2021

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

BOOK OF THE WEEK! 14th May 2021
Mrs Muddle Paperback by Helen E Jones  (Author)

 

Publisher :             Olympia Publishers

Language :            English

Paperback :           31 pages

Age Range:          3-6 years

 

SYNOPSIS OF MRS MUDDLE – THE BOOK

Mrs Muddle’s favourite food was chicken in custard and jam. She ate chocolate covered cheese with fish fingers and peas and had ice cream scoops on her ham; Ali and Jessica live down the lane and they are fascinated by Mrs Muddle’s unique and peculiar ways. Together with her little pet mouse, can Mrs Muddle teach the children that life is so much more fun when you’re just being yourself and not worrying about what others think? This funny, rhyming, beautifully illustrated picture book encourages children to be proud of who they are and to respect and celebrate each other’s differences.

 

MY REVIEW

Mrs Muddle by Helen E Jones is a beautiful children’s book worthy of pride of place on any child’s bookshelf. It is a beautiful story, beautifully illustrated getting a beautiful all-important message across to all who read it, adult or child.

If you want to get an important message across to a child that will serve him or her well through life you have to first engage them. This book does that instantly with lovable, believable and well-rounded characters. Mrs Muddle with her little mouse is so adorable. You and any child will just love her as soon as you see the cover and even more so when introduced to her on the first page that launches us straight into her story.

Another key engagement tool is humour. There is no shortage of that with Mrs Muddle when her favourite food is chicken in custard and jam.

Mrs Muddle is wonderfully illustrated in engaging colourful pictures by Helen Highton Gottberg. And I really like the unique style of blending the text in with the pictures. It is good and different.

The message the book clearly gets across and yet does it subtly through the story without lecturing is ‘to be proud of who you are and to respect and celebrate each other’s differences’ which is so important.

With a world population of almost 8 billion it is important for the diversity of the world that we all retain our individuality and celebrate each other’s differences. It is what makes life interesting and full of new challenges.

I have added the Age Range:3-6 years, it is not from the author or publishers. I show this on all books we feature as I think it is an important guide. It indicates the most suitable age for this book. However, the book and message that it conveys can be enjoyed at all ages.

One of the important aspects I always consider with a children’s book is, does it pass the is it interesting for adults to read, test? And for adults to read again, and again and again. Mrs Muddle sure does!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Helen lives with her husband, Chris, daughter, Isla, and Sonny the fluffy Ragdoll cat. She is passionate about encouraging children to read and ensuring that their experience of books is fun, exciting and memorable. Helen studied at Liverpool John Moores University where she gained a degree in Media & Cultural Studies and Screen studies (BA Hons) and went on to spend time working as part of the team producing digital content for popular Channel 4 programme Hollyoaks. After further studies at the University of Chester, Helen also qualified as a Primary School teacher. She now works as an Executive Assistant and writes in her spare time. She enjoys reading, arts and crafts and spending time with family and friends.

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TOP TEN OF THE DAY

The Top 10: Songs that include a speech

Tracks featuring parts of famous speeches .

  1. “Everglow”, Coldplay. Ends (in one version, and live) with part of a speech by Muhammad Ali.
  2. “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”, Baz Luhrmann (and Quindon Tarver). A Chicago Tribune column written by Mary Schmich, the American journalist, in 1997 in the style of a commencement speech giving advice to students, and read by Lee Perry, an Australian voice actor who appeared in Happy Feet. Quindon Tarver sang the chorus..
  3. “Let Robeson Sing”, Manic Street Preachers. Samples Paul Robeson reading the poem “Freedom Train” by Langston Hughes, a powerful denunciation of Jim Crow America.
  4. “U”, DJ Seinfeld. Lo-fi House classic that features a clip of an interview with Bob Geldof about the grief, loneliness and pain following the break-up of his marriage to Paula Yates.
  5. “Loaded”, Primal Scream. Begins with a sample of Frank Maxwell and Peter Fonda in the 1966 outlaw biker film The Wild Angels
  6. “Reverend Black Grape”, Black Grape. Contains a parliamentary question from Sir Thomas Arnold to John Major in 1994.
  7. “Little Britain”, Dreadzone. Featuring the headmaster’s speech from If.
  8. “Can You Feel It (Martin Luther King mix)”, Mr Fingers. “Free at last” set to an acid track.
  9. “Hard Left”, Tackhead. Margaret Thatcher talking about the “hard left”.
  10. “Iron Sky”, Paolo Nutini. Featuring The Great Dictator speech by Charlie Chaplin, playing the barber mistaken for Adenoid Hynkel, a parody of Adolf Hitler.

An honourable mention for Take That pastiche by Horrible Histories called the “RAF Pilot Song”, which ends with a fragment of Churchill’s “The Few” speech.

Also,

“I Have a Dream” by Abba.

John Rentoul – The Independent

SPECIAL DAYS CELEBRATED ON 14th May 2021

Fintistic Friday: Giving Sharks a Voice Day

Dance Like a Chicken Day

Decency Day

 

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…reading Mrs Muddle by Helen E Jones to your children or grandchildren.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

LOVE IS…

Love is…for you, for me, forever.

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time to be yourself…A time to encourage others to be their selves.

YOUR HISTORY

14th May

1796 English country doctor Edward Jenner administers the first inoculation against smallpox, using cowpox pus, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire.

1925 Virginia Woolf’s novel “Mrs Dalloway” is published by The Hogarth Press.

1938 “The Adventures of Robin Hood”, directed by Michael Curtiz, William Keighley and starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland is released

1961 Stirling Moss wins the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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