Moon and Me: The Little Seed by Andrew Davenport illustrated by Marino Umeda

Moon and Me is the latest series for CBeebies created by Andrew Davenport who brought the Teletubbies and In the Night Garden to previous generations of pre-schoolers. Inspired by the Rumer Godden and Enid Blyton toy house stories the programme recounts how a toy named Pepi Nana comes to life during the night when her owner is asleep. Her new friend Moon Baby visits her from the moon and then introduces the other toys in the toy house to a world of stories and song before it is time for them to go to bed.

This book with its eye catching cover and bright illustrations by Mariko Umeda acts as a prologue to the series, describing the first time that Pepi Nana and Moon Baby meet. Their world will feel familiar to very young children and is a safe and comforting one. Stories in which toys come to life have been popular with children for many, many years quite probably because to a child a toy is real. The inhabitants of the Moon and Me toy house include Mr. Onion, Lambkin and Little Nana all of whom behave in a similar manner to the small children at whom this book is aimed. I liked the traditional activities included, such as making tissue paper flowers, and the themes of friendship and kindness. This book would be perfect for a bedtime read with its soothing feel and the ending with all the toys taking part in a bedtime ritual as their adventures end.

TV tie-in books have a ready made audience and this well presented hard back book with its embossed cover is well timed for the Christmas present market.

I should like to thank Scholastic publishers for providing my review copy.

Moon and Me is available to purchase at your local bookshop or online.

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