Picture Book Party Blog Tour 2014

This week Bruno and Titch have been in very good company indeed: on a picture book blog tour with four wonderful Walker Books (Jenni Desmond's The Zebra Who Ran Too Fast, Birgitta Sif's Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance, Herve Tullet's Help! We Need a Title! and Bob Graham's Vanilla Ice Cream).


Photo courtesy of Culture Baby blog

It's been so lovely to see children interacting with the book and they really seemed to enjoy it too (phew!). Zoe Toft's brilliant blog Playing by the Book saw the kids recreating a scene with Brio toys, lego and broccoli. (I thoroughly approved of the addition of a Kit-Kat on the snack bar train). In Zoe's words: "Deadpan guinea pig humour (yes, really!) and fabulous illustrations full of new details upon each reading add something special to this tale about friendship, imagination and looking after pets. We especially loved Bruno's passion for invention, right down the the poster of Einstein by his bed."

Follow this link to read the full Playing by the Book blog post.


Titch's Snack Bar recreated with broccoli and a Kit Kat
Photo courtesy of Zoe Toft at Playing by the Book blog

 The Boy and Me blog seemed to like Bruno and Titch too, judging by this happy camper:


 Photo Courtesy of The Boy and Me blog

In The Boy and Me's words: "This was our favourite book of the five, not least of all because it was about a guinea pig and a young boy, and we had recently looked after the school's guinea pigs during the Summer holidays. Titch is a lone guinea pig in a pet shop, desperate for an owner. Bruno is a lone boy, desperate for a pet. This book shares their first few days together and how they developed their friendship and understanding of each other's needs into something special".

Follow this link to read the full The Boy and Me blog post.


Another lovely blog,  Being a Mummy reviewed it too and had this to say: "Bruno and Titch by Sheena Dempsey was a fantastic book and the boys really enjoyed it. My two boys have asked to read it several times, and little Ned could have read it over and over again all day long. It's the story of a guinea pig who finds an owner who really is his new best friend. The book has some lovely illustrations and the story is wonderful. We really liked this book a lot. It's a story which any child who has met, or dreams of having a pet can identify with and which also made me laugh. I'm just waiting to see what sort of junk models my children make for their pets as a result of this story." 

Photo courtesy of Being a Mummy blog

Photo courtesy of Being a Mummy blog


Follow this link to read the full Being a Mummy blog post. 

Culture Baby blog reviewed it too and even got busy making "Duplo constructions to rival Bruno's Guinea Pig palace."  Follow this link to read a more detailed review from Culture Baby.

Photo courtesy of Culture Baby blog
Photo courtesy of Culture Baby blog

Many thanks to all these wonderful bloggers who reviewed the books, thanks to the great kids who had fun engaging with them and many thanks to Walker for organising the Picture Book Party Blog Tour  2014.