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Book Review – Three By The Sea, Mini Grey

Posted Sep 06 2010 12:44pm

Three By The Sea By Mini Grey

Publisher – Jonathan Cape Ltd (30 September 2010)

In a house by the sea there happily live a dog, a cat and a mouse. Well, happily enough until a stranger knocks on the door one night, offering them each a special free gift. Who is this mysterious salesman blowing into their little world and turning it upside-down? And can their happy home survive his trouble-making gifts?

A couple of weeks ago we were sent Three By The Sea by Mini Grey.

Three By The Sea tells the tale of three friends (a dog, a cat and a mouse) who live together quite happily until a stranger arrives.  He disrupts the happy household but also teaches a lesson about compromise and friendship.

The children enjoyed the story and the illustrations, I found the humour and the finer details in the illustrations really distinctive and thoroughly entertaining.

Mini Grey’s books are a refreshing change in a sea of princesses, dinosaurs and happy go lucky, smiley endings.  Not that there are no happy endings, they just aren’t sugar coated and I like that.

Author Fact : Mini Grey was given her name after being born in a Mini in a car park in Newport, Wales.

Along with Three By The Sea we would heartily recommend  Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey .  It is a regular in our bedtime reading rota!  We love it, I had to buy it because the library only ever got it back for a day or two in-between borrowings. Did you know you can renew your books three times?  That’s three months of Biscuit Bear at a time!

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