A funny and affectionate look at all the things your parents do for you. It's not all tidying up and making you brush your teeth...
You may think your parents just boss you around and tell you what to do. And there's no getting away from it - they do have to do quite a lot of that! But there's so much more to them - did you realise they are also tent poles for dens that are wonky, dustbins for bits you don't want to eat up and grandstands to make you grow tall?
Praise for Peter Bently's The Yoga Ogre:
"Lively rhyming text and bright, humorous illustration make this a great book to read aloud." www.booktrust.org.uk
"Filled with infectious rhyming text and bright, bold illustrations which children will love." Creative Steps
"A hilarious story." Parents in Touch
Praise for Sara Ogilvie:
"The massive, full-colour pictures make this a delicious book." The Independent on Sunday on Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes
"At the hands of Sara Ogilvie, all the characters are brought expressively to life." The Scotsman on Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes
What are parents good for? Bently (The Great Balloon Hullaballoo) offers a jaunty rhyming catalogue of the myriad functions mothers and fathers fulfill in the lives of their kids. While the opening scene acknowledges that it's easy to think "that your mom and your dad/ are there just to nag you and boss you like mad," subsequent pages offer up true-to-life examples of parents at work, at play, and under duress ("Parents are great to build mountains of sand on,/ and lovely big heaters for warming your hands on"). To bring home such points, Ogilvie's (Dogs Don't Do Ballet) wispy, mixed-media compositions depict a spectrum of families in energetic, realistic, and humorous scenes of parenting in action. Her adults are alternately exhausted, beleaguered, bemused, and content as they play with and tend to tireless children. The book wraps up with a playfully cozy cautionary note as Bently warns, "Once they have fixed all your problems... and pickles,/ you'd better watch out because parents love... TICKLES!" This happy love-letter will ring true for many families. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Jodie Hodges, United