If ever a book was written with the humour of a three-and-a-half-year-old in mind, A Deal’s a Deal is that book. From the first reading, it has had Tiny cackling, and he will burst into giggles at the mere mention of it.
This is the first of Stephanie Blake’s books that we have read, and I’m going to the local library to find her others this week – with names like Poo Bum and Stupid Baby…I think Tiny is going to love them, too.
A Deal’s a Deal is a story about sharing, negotiation, and friendships – all things which Tiny has been learning at kindergarten these past months. He gets the concept of swapping one toy for another; while he might be a bit young to understand that these characters are a little bit sly, he still enjoys the story. The ending is pretty gross and is therefore immensely appealing to my little man – boys find farts and gross things hilarious from such a young age, so this is right up his alley. I can’t speak for little girls (surely they’re too sweet??), but I’m pretty sure every kid would love this story.
The illustrations are simple and realistic (okay, so they are bunnies, but one of them wears a superhero costume while playing with cars, and I know that’s a regular scenario in my household), whilst not detracting from the story.
A Deal’s a Deal is sure to be a hit with children of any age – it’s a good learning tool as well as a chance for a good giggle.
(This book was provided by Gecko Press for the purpose of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own)