This lovely tale of growing up in a small Scandinavian village held the attention of my 5 and 6 yr old sons for the whole 2 hours+. I was surprised.
But beware, the little girl narrator does pretty much say "I used to think Santa was real but now I know that it is just the parents pretending" so be prepared to cough loudly during that part of the 'Christmas' chapter if your children are still believers.
Our sons, aged 5 and 7, just love this book and so do we. It is really funny and the reading is brilliant, it is easy to follow which character is which. You also pick up a few animal facts along they way.
My 5 and 6 yr old sons just love all Jill Tomlinsons books, but this one in particular. The story is great, really funny and full of animal facts. Maureen Lipman's reading is just brilliant, how she can keep so many voices straight in her head I just don't know. But it makes the story really easy to follow. Highly recommend.
David Tennant is one of those really unusual readers who can "be" multiple characters really convincingly - he brings the story alive so much so that when he describes a really sad bit about a animal that I found myself crying my eyes out at 5.30 in the morning whilst I listened to my book. What a brilliant story, brilliantly delivered. I love David Tennant so much - he is the boyfriend I want my daughter to bring home :)