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Shhh! Don’t Wake The Royal Baby

Martha Mumford and Ada Grey (illustrator)
dont wake the royal babyIt’s chaos at the Royal Palace – the Royal Baby just won’t go to sleep. Waaaaah! Waaaaah! Waaaaah!
The Royal Family has tried everything to pacify the little bundle of joy – from proferring the golden royal dummy to death-defying parachute jumps with the Queen. But, just when the little one seems to be settling, another disturbance is just around the corner. From yip-yapping corgis to marching guards and noisy party planning, the palace is awash with noise. Will it ever be peaceful enough to lull the baby off to sleep?
A laugh-out-loud celebration of the new addition to the Royal Family, guaranteed to raise a few giggles.

As the description said the royal baby just won’t sleep and the royal parent s and grandparents try a whole host of ways to try and get him to settle down. The Duke takes him for a helicopter ride, the Queen takes him parachuting, he is read stories and so forth. But every time they succeed in getting the royal baby to sleep something in the royal household wakes him up again, my personal favourite was Prince Harry and Pippa preparing a party to celebrate his arrival with the cry of ‘More blini’s’. Indeed this is a funny book, seeing the royals trying to get this baby to sleep in weird ways is amusing, some of the humour made me smile more than my daughters who didn’t always get the joke.. They did enjoy the story and find some of it funny though.
The illustrations are a great back up to the story, the depictions of the royal family are recognisable and add to the enjoyment. The Queen in a onesie with crowns all over it and pink fluffy slippers was great (but one of things that will have made me smile more than my daughters). The girls liked the pictures of the soldiers, the corgi’s and the funny things they did with the baby.
Verdict:This is a light-hearted story that can please adults as well as children. Any parent knows the frustrations of trying to and quiet down a crying baby! It is a nice piece of memorabilia for children to enjoy now qand look back on later.
Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens’
Publication Date: July 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Genre: Humour
Age: Picture book
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Provide by publisher
Challenge: none

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