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Monday, 9 April 2012

The Queen by Richard Brassey

The Queen: Diamond Jubilee Book

Between April and July 2012, extensive celebrations will celebrate the diamond jubilee of the Queen's reign. Following the approach of NESSIE (sales approaching 250,000 copies) and GREYFRIARS BOBBY (100,000 copies sold), Richard Brassey provides insight into the life of the woman who soon will be our longest-reigning monarch - with fun facts, hilarious anecdotes and fascinating info!

Looking at the front cover and then flicking through the pages it was quick to see that this was a very different book to the Ladybird book I have recently reviewed to celebrate the same occasion - the Queen's Diamond Jubilee! 

There are no photographs in this book, instead pictures are drawn. The drawings are not caricatures or cartoons, but a combination of the two - very cleverly drawn.  

There are lots of facts included in the book about the Queen's life and reign but intermingled within these are lots of useless facts - who knew that at her christening, she had to be given lots of gripe water to stop her crying or that when her parents went on a tour of Australia, she stayed with her grandparents and their pet parrot, Charlotte. Great for those quiz lovers to learn these little known facts.

The book is written as a story but is very fact heavy and is a good introduction for children to the life of The Queen. There are lots of personal, little known facts in the book which will appeal to children - names of pets, tales from school and her romance with Prince Phillip.

This is a great book. I have read many books about The Queen but this book is different, perfect for children as an introduction for further reading. There are a lot of facts and highlights from her life both before and during her reign as the British Monarch. 

I recommend this as a great gift for this Diamond Jubilee year and would make a great addition to any school library.

Thank you to the publishers, Orion Children's Books, for sending me the book to review.

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