Monday, 27 April 2015

Hooray! It’s a New Royal Baby!

Hooray! It’s a New Royal Baby!

Written by Martha Mumford & Illustrated by Ada Grey  
Published by Bloomsbury

It’s the latest book in the Royal series and the Royal Palace is in chaos again - there’s a New Royal Baby on the way! This is the third book, after Shhh! Don’t Wake the Royal Baby! and Happy Birthday, Royal Baby! which I reviewed back in early March which you can read here.

The Royal Palace is bustling with excitement, because the Duke and Duchess are bringing home the new Royal Baby. The nursery is being prepared; the royal rocking horse is being polished and teddy bears being placed in neat rows. At the palace gates, Royal Baby George is helping his auntie and uncle hang bunting. His auntie believes it will be lots of fun to have a new Royal Baby to make friends with but Royal Baby George isn’t sure. What if the New Royal Baby wants to play with all his toys or snatch his jam sandwiches, or worse still, if the New Royal Baby dribbles over his favourite toy dinosaur! This makes Royal Baby George not want a New Royal Baby at all!

When the New Royal Baby arrives, Royal Baby George is feeling glum. He thought the New Royal Baby’s face was scrunched up and wrinkly. And when the New Royal Baby starts to cry, it makes Royal Baby George start to cry. Everyone wants to catch a glimpse of the new arrival but Royal Baby George isn’t impressed, he thinks the New Royal Baby looks like a fish which gives the Duke an idea of giving Baby George a pet goldfish as a present from the New Royal Baby. Perhaps the New Royal Baby isn’t that bad. But a goldfish can only do so much and it isn’t long before Baby George is bored but the New Royal Baby is soon smiling, gurgling and rolling over - a lot more interesting. Everyday is different with the New Royal Baby. Sometimes, things become trickier, like when the New Royal Baby got some teeth and liked to bite or when the New Royal Baby took a fancy to Royal Baby George’s toys. On the whole, Royal Baby George decided that having a New Royal Baby was much more fun than having a new goldfish.

This is a lovely addition to the series and cleverly done so that there’s no mention on whether it’s a little brother or sister for Royal Baby George, as it has been published before knowing what the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be having. Though I’m sure it won’t be too long now!

It’s a great book for little ones when there’s a new baby on the way. A lovely and fun read for older siblings on what to expect from new babies; smiling, gurgling, rolling, playing games and also some not so fun things. Parents and little ones will enjoy following Royal Baby George on how he comes round to liking the New Royal Baby and like the other two previous books, there’s plenty of Corgis within this book and they're all still just as adorable - with some gorgeous Corgi covered end papers to boot!

Hooray! It’s a New Royal Baby! is available in all good book shops and online at Bloomsbury

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