'Useful, funny and truthful'
- The Bookseller Crow, Families SE
A celebration of families and the very many different things they do and the very many different ways they do them. Some families are big, some families are small; some parents work, some parents don’t. Holidays, hobbies, school, clothes and food and the different ways that different families approach them are just some of the topics which Mary Hoffman thoughtfully explores and Ros Asquith joyfully illustrates.
This brilliant book just shows the combinations in life that sometimes constitute a unit, or more, that our children live within and what they live with. I especially like the lady in the hijab asking: "What are we celebrating?" and the man behind her replying exuberantly: "EVERYTHING!"
- Families South East
Challenges preconceptions by breaking the way in which most children's books portray the typical home arrangement. Ros Asquith's delightful cartoons punctuate the pages, showing realistic varieties of family life. Mary Hoffman's witty, sensitive captions invite the reader to explore every aspect of home life. From food, homes and ways of celebrating, to schools, holidays, languages and family trees, children are encouraged to look at people and their relationships in all their different types.
- Headteacher Update
'A charming book that helps children understand and recognise many different types of family units.This book manages to challenge preconceptions while reassuring children of all ages and backgrounds.' Book Nook.
- Independent on Sunday
The text is sympathetic and the illustrations often humorous in this fresh and contemporary look at families of today.
- Nursery World
Something for everyone in this truly multicultural exploration. Ros Asquith's illustrations are witty and wonderful… An excellent choice for the primary school library.
- School Librarian
Plenty of humourous detail in the illustrations, adding to the textual content and inviting comment and discussion on the range and diversity of family experiences.
- Books for Keeps
Gets close to how young children themselves perceive difference… A lovely book to share with any child.
This book is an emphatic statement that everyone is different in their own way, and that is something to be celebrated.
- Grandparent Times
Avoiding overt political correctness, the book just tells it like it is with clear sections that develop themes, accompanied by bright illustrations that enhance the fun of family life in all its forms.
- Nursery Education
This is a superb book. It is well illustrated, providing lots to look at and discuss. It helps show that all families are different, exploring family life, challenging preconceptions and encouraging the children into discussions… The book has become a firm favourite with each child able to find something to match their circmumstances... The book is a great asset for encouraging equal opportunity discussions and encouraging children to think about others.
- Child Care
This excellent book looks at the way in which stereotypical families have changed over the years. It neatly illustrates all the different types of relationships that constitute a family unit today, through the use of delightful illustrations and clear text to make this book appealing and insightful.
- Youth in Mind
A wonderful addition to the limited supply of non-fiction books that really try to reflect contemporary family life. Through illustration, it celebrates family members, their homes, schools, jobs, holidays, food, clothes, pets, hobbies, celebrations and feelings.
- Nursery World
Families come in all shapes and sizes, as this book demonstrates with warmth and humour. All facets of family life, including homes, clothes and pets are celebrated through words and pictures. A book for sharing or for poring over by yourself, there is much to encourage discussion and engagement. All children, whatever their family is like, should see themselves reflected here. Though it might not appear to be a conventional information book, it is a book which can be used across the primary age range. For example, my school has used it for several weeks’ worth of work with Year 4 pupils on the diversity of family life.
A fresh, contemporary look through children's eyes at the modern family. SLA AWARD winner
- Primary Times