For most people, this weekend sees the release of their most anticipated book of the year. The publishing and bookseller industry has been...

Most Anticipated Book of the Year

Saturday, July 30, 2016 BookBairn Blog 14 Comments

For most people, this weekend sees the release of their most anticipated book of the year. The publishing and bookseller industry has been completely focused on it. And yes, it's pretty awesome! And yes, I'll be getting a copy (Daddy BookBairn has consented to additional book expenditure for that purpose). And yes, I'm talking about 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'. But no, it's not my most anticipated book of the year.

I'm talking about 'Oi Dog' by Kes and Claire Grey with illustrations from Jim Field. I cannot express my excitement that it was released this week. Ever since discovering 'Oi Frog' I've been eagerly anticipated another release from this perfect book-creating partnership. I got all excited over the rumours of Oi Dog a year ago, and then devastated when I thought these were just rumours and not actually true, and then the elation to learn that 'Oi Dog' would be a real book! Honestly, it's too exciting.

It has taken me a couple of days to get a copy (yes, I know I could have pre-ordered it online but I wanted the thrill of seeing it on the shelves) and I managed to pick up the last copy in a local bookshop to my absolute joy!

As you can imagine, we have lots of books around our house and whilst BookBairn really enjoys them and gets excited by book-post, she is generally quite happy to read the same books over and over again. And she does love 'Oi Frog' but I was so surprised by her reaction to this new book. When I brought it home (I say that and it sounds like I'm bringing home a new baby to the family! - haha!) she took it straight from me and scurried through it's pages. She asked me to read it. She asked Daddy to read it. She looked through it again. She ran from room to room carrying it everywhere (this is a real hazard when you are as little as BookBairn because a hardback children's book really impedes your view) and eventually she put it on her 'Favourites Shelf'. It's now part of her book family! And it has pride of place! I think that's a pretty awesome reception!

'Oi Dog' is the much-anticipated follow-up to 'Oi Frog' by Kes Grey and Jim Field and it is truly fantastic! In the first book, Cat sets the world to rights ensuring that everyone is sitting in the right spot - cats on mats, frogs on logs and so on. Frog gets a pretty raw deal when asks "what do dogs sit on?" I'm sure you can imagine - and if you can't you need to get a copy of this book.

With the help of Kes and Claire Grey, Frog has decided to re-write the rules! And some animals don't fare too well this time around. Jim Field's illustrations are packed full of humour and his characters of Frog, Dog and Cat are so wonderfully expressive and endearing it's pretty hard to resist them!

I genuinely don't want to say too much to spoil this book. I simply implore you to buy it so you can enjoy it for yourself! I simply want to say that this was my most anticipated book of the year and it hasn't disappointed. It has exceeded all expectations! And I think it is my 'Book of the Year'! Certainly, so far! If you have any book-pennies to spare. This is the book you should buy!

It's the first time BookBairn has ever chosen to put a book on her Favourites Shelf. That's high-praise indeed! 
Mummy and BookBairn xx

P.S. I realise there were a lot of !!!! in this blog post - I'm just too excited!


*DISCLAIMER* I bought 'Oi Dog' and it was worth every penny!

We are linking up with Mama Mummy Mum for #readwithme

14 comments:

  1. I'm excited just reading this!

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  2. If BookBairn put it on her favourites shelf then it must be an awesome book!! Can't wait to read it.

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  3. aaaa very high praise indeed although my eldest daughter is more excited about Harry Potter lol. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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    1. I got Harry Potter for me too! But this is awesome!

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  4. This sounds like a lovely book. Although as the mum of much bigger kids I've never heard of either of them.
    I bought my copy of Harry Potter yesterday and have only read a few pages! Kids being at home for the school holidays is seriously eating into my reading time!

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    1. I can imagine! That's a shame that your kids are too old now for picture books - I don't want BookBairn to ever grow out of them! Thanks for reading.

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  5. We love Oi Frog and I'm intrigued to read this one too. I love the picture of Book Bairn putting the book on her favourites shelf :)

    #readwithme

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    1. That might be one of my favourite pictures ever! It's high-praise from her to get on the Favourites Shelf. x

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  6. Gorgeous pictures and yep on my wishlist too. Oi Frog was amazing. Just bought HP with my groceries for my own pile :) #readwithme

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    1. Enjoy HP! I hope you bought some chocolate to eat whilst you read!

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  7. Feeling your excitement and can't quite wait until my soon-to-be 4 year olds birthday so I can get it for him!!! (Birthdays are always a good excuse to expand book collections in this house!)

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    1. Glad you could feel my excitement! It is genuine! And this would be a perfect birthday gift. Thanks for reading!

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