There is nothing more exciting in our house than when a new book comes out, especially when it’s one by your favourite author. And I can safely say that Julia Donaldson is my daughter’s favourite author. So when I heard about The Ugly Five I just knew we had to add it to our collection.

Title: The Ugly Five

Author: Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by: Axel Scheffler

Blurb: Who’s that singing on the savannah? It’s the top-five ugly animals in Africa! The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger proudly across the savannah, rejoicing in their ugliness – and delighting their babies, who think they’re perfect just the way they are. Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s brand-new picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved. The funny, heart-warming rhyme is a joy to read aloud, while bold, comical illustrations bring the savannah spectacularly to life.

Pages: 32

Age Range: 2-6 years

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

Review: First of all I am going to start by say that this is a winning team isn’t it really? I mean have these two done a bad book? or even an OK book? Everything they do is just brillant! I love The Ugly Five because is something a little bit different, something you wouldn’t expect, often there are stories about lions and giraffes and elephants but not so the Marabou stork and the vulture.

I think that it’s a wonderful way to help introduce children to the idea that appearances are just part of an animal (or person). The page at the end where the baby animals are saying how much they love their parents is adorable.

We have already read this book so many times, even though it was published on the 7th September 2017 and I honestly believe it’s going to be a firm favourite in our house for a long time too come. It’s currently only available in hardback by the looks of things, but I think that makes it a great present or something a little special.

The illustrations as always with Axel Scheffler are fantastic and I love the colours used in this book, not as bright as some books but I think that really lends it’s self to the kind of serious subject matter being discussed in Julia Donaldson’s distinct style. The rhyming is fab in this one, and when reading it I really can’t help but sing the song parts.

It really is a wonderful feel good story that always leaves my daughter and I smiling. I would definitely recommend it and I think it’s one of Julia Donaldson’s best books!

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