AD – We were given a copy of Show and Tell by Rob Biddulph for the purpose of this review. I was also compensated for my time. 

Review Show and Tell by Rob Biddulph – I am always on the hunt for new books for the boys,  especially Kipper  as he is our second born and he constantly has hand me downs. I always think there is something special about a new book.  I am also keen for him to have favourite stories of his own, outside the ones that Monkey had at his age. We were recently asked to review Show and Tell by Rob Biddulph. He is not an author we have discovered before and I am now left wondering why that is.  Since both of us really love Show and Tell it makes me want to check out the other books he has written.

If you have not heard of Rob Biddulph before he is an award winning author and illustrator. Show and Tell is his ninth book, his first book Blown Away won Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize. I am sure his success is down to the fact that he has three daughters of his own. And that he spends his evenings making up silly stories for them including creating hand drawn pictures to go with them.

The story is about a class of children and what they bring into school for show and tell. The teacher has set the challenge that the  child with the best item will win a prize. As you go through the book each child’s item gets bigger and flashier than the last,  all in a bid to win the prize. With one of the kids even bringing the moon.

Not wanting to spoil the ending the child that wins brings something with magic inside it. The sentiment is a good one and it teaches a valuable lesson that bigger is not always better and that we should appreciate the everyday things.  It is taught with humour and in a non preachy way, its lovely to see Kipper already identifying with the winning entry.

Things we love about Show and Tell by Rob Biddulph

  • It is so much fun. The rhyming words are almost lyrics to a song, it makes reading the book out loud  a breeze.
  • The illustrations are bright, vibrant and really engaging. With a blue and yellow theme flowing throughout. There is so much to see it keeps Kipper really entertained as he is always pointing something extra out.
  • With this in mind right at the front of the book there is a challenge to spot five different things hidden in the illustrations. I have managed four but the box of liquorice allsorts is still eluding me.
  • I like how the book is set in a school so it will be really helpful when Kipper starts school. Although I am not sure if he will be bringing a real live Loch Ness Monster to show to his class mates.

We really enjoyed Show and Tell by Rob Biddulph so much so I can’t wait to try out his other books with Kipper.  If you would like to buy a copy you can do so from Amazon, Waterstones or Hive which will allow you to order from your local independent bookseller.

Giveaway to win a Rob Biddulph book bundle

The lovely people at HarperCollins Children’s Book’s are also giving my readers the chance to win their own bundle of five Rob Biddulph books including Show and Tell, Kevin, Blown Away, Sunk and Grrrrr! worth £50. To enter please use the gleam application below and please note the T&Cs.

Five picture books by Rob Biddulph worth £50

  • Competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 and over
  • There is no cash alternative
  • One winner will be drawn at random and will receive a bundle of Rob Biddulph books worth £50 as pictured.
  • The giveaway will close on the 12th October at midnight, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • Winners will be asked to provide a full postal address

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58 Comments

  1. Aww I absolutely love the concept behind this book and the illustrations are so fun! My daughter started school last week, so I’m sure she’d love the show and tell aspect too 🙂

    • Andrea Fletcher Reply

      My grandson started school last week and would love this book it sounds like a good fun read and he would love finding things hidden in the illustrations.

  2. Lyndsey OHalloran Reply

    We love reading and have a great book collection. This one sounds especially good and I know Erin would like it.

  3. Love the sound of this book and the message behind it which is so important in today’s overcomplicated life. So important for children to know this.

  4. Margaret Gallagher Reply

    Made to inspire learning – totally in love with these beauties

  5. Fiona jk42 Reply

    This sounds like a fun book, which I’m sure my granddaughter and I would enjoy reading together.

  6. Toddlers will be so delighted on these books! Children these days are so lucky to have all these beautiful books for learning.

  7. It sounds like a really fun story. My sons both love that they could bring things in for show and tell at school, so I reckon they would enjoy this.

  8. This does sound like a pretty fun book, especially with so many items in it. The author definitely has designed it in a way so that it can boost children’s imagination and creativity.

  9. Priscilla Stubbs Reply

    This looks great, fun and educational at the same time

  10. My older niece loved reading and I had to read to her every night and there was always a lesson to be learnt. When she was much older she occasionally reminded me of the lessons that came from her childhood books. I would love this book for my younger nephews and niece who are so into their parent’s smartphones that they only read the captions on youtube videos!

  11. Seems like a good book, too bad my kids have passed that stage. I do enjoy buying new books as well and i try to make the kids involved in choosing the books as well.

  12. These books look like a lot of fun. It’s great that they are big and have nice pictures to encourage verbal communication in kids when they show and tell.

  13. That book looks like a lot of fun! I love the bright colors and the illustrations. I sound like I want to buy the book, too, right???! LOL

  14. I love Rob Biddulph’s books and his illustrations. We have this one too and my boys love it.

  15. Catherine Santiago Jose Reply

    I would love to get this book for my son and I am sure he is going to love and enjoy reading it. I will definitely checking this out, thanks for sharing!

  16. Cute concept for a story line and it’s good that it ends with a message. Will check it out for my twin nieces!

  17. We are massive book fans so I can see this going down a treat with my children. Love the illustrations and how the pages are set out.

  18. Dalene Ekirapa Reply

    Honestly, this is so admirable! Buying books for your little one to read? I’m definitely inspired. You’re sparking the kid’s interest in study right from a young age and the book you got him is engaging enough. Such a good example for parents.

  19. Annemarie LeBlanc Reply

    These books would be perfect for my grandchildren. I am happy that they are showing an interest in reading and a love for books. These show and tell books are fun to have and colorful too.

  20. This would be a great gift to give a few people I know that have kids! I think that they would love this book. I’ll definitely have to look into buying it soon.

  21. This is so, so cute! I am sure kids must love it! I would have loved participate in the giveaway but I am not in the UK right now!

  22. The message behind the book is amazing and the designs and illustrations are beautiful. He looks so adorable reading the book.

  23. This sounds like a really fun read. I think my son would love it.

  24. Natalie Burgess Reply

    My little girl would be over the moon with these xx

  25. Such a cute book! My nephew will enjoy flipping through this. 🙂

  26. I love to read and think children should be encouraged to read as soon as possible. This book looks colorful and sounds like a topic kids can relate to.

  27. twinspirational Reply

    Sounds like a great book..! And it’s so cute. I bet kids will really love it.

  28. I’m in the lookout for a good read for my boys and now I know which books to get. This is so colorful. I love it and will be searching the web and whatever for it for sure.

  29. Elizabeth O Reply

    This book is very engaging..I love that the pictures are big enough for the kids to enjoy. We will check this out for sure.

  30. He looks so happy to have the book! He is adorable and this book is adorable too!

  31. Mandy Doherty Reply

    Fantastic book bundle, my grandchildren would love them

  32. Love books for children to that even teach them about life. These are the kind of books I’d love to read to my grand daughter when she grows up a bit.

  33. I love a colourful story book to share with my grandchildren and this looks perfect!

  34. These look great, i do love picture books – i think us adults miss out until weve children in our lives

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