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As a family we love to read, it’s pretty much one of our favourite hobbies and we can often all be found reading together. Now that LP is at a stage where she can read she loves to either find a quiet corner and read to herself or sit and read out loud to Little Man. But, she gets through books so quickly that when we were sent The Wilbies go to the Moon by Rebecca Bourne to review LP was so excited – a new book to enjoy!
The Wilbies go to the Moon was instantly a hit with LP and Little Man as even from the cover they could tell that it was themed around space – a favourite topic of theirs – and featured Winnie and Minnie Winnie, two gorgeous miniature dachshunds, as well as their best friend Wilbur.
If a book revolves around characters that the children like then I know they’ll enjoy the book – and Wilbur and the dogs are so lovable, cute and friendly that LP and Little Man loved them instantly and begged me to read the story to them for the first time.
The Wilbies go to the Moon is such a great space adventure. It follows our three heroes on their journey – climbing into a bi-plane and flying to the moon after dark. The dogs have to save Wilbur from floating out into space – and they save an astronaut too, fixing his rocket in the process.
Once the astronaut has flown off into space Wilbur, Winnie and Minnie Winnie visit a space cafe for milkshakes before heading home to bed – with a souvenir of their adventure. The Wilbies go to the Moon clearly isn’t a true to life story. Instead it stretches the children’s imaginations, letting them get really into the story and taking them all the way to the moon and back.
The whole book is written in rhyme which the children really love as it keeps the momentum of the story going and keeps them engaged throughout. Some of the words in the book are interesting – with words like awry and slake. They’re not words that you would associate with a children’s book but I love that in using unfamiliar words the children get to learn something new and expand their vocabulary at the same time.
LP and Little Man loved reading The Wilbies go to the Moon and it’s now a favourite bedtime story for them. It’s a great length and the illustrations are beautiful, really capturing the essence of the story.
But, there is more to the story of Winnie and Minnie Winnie than just being characters in a book. They’re actually based on real dogs – and the real Minnie Winnie is actually the first cloned dachshund in the UK. This is quite a remarkable story and one you can read more about on the Wilbies website.
We’ve loved reading about Wilbur, Winnie and Minnie Winnie and I can see The Wilbies go to the Moon being the first adventure of many for this lovely trio. I cannot wait to see what they get up to in the future but, for now, we’ll keep enjoying their trip into space. A really lovely book for any child.
The Wilbies go to the Moon has an RRP of £6.99 and you can buy it from their website or Amazon.