‘Belle and Boo’ Picture Books

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ChickPea has a golden halo of curls, chubby cheeks and a gorgeous smile full of too-big- for-her-mouth teeth. My nan says she looks like one of the babies from the ‘Sunshine Milk’ tins of her childhood. Sadly, at this stage, ChickPea does not have the happy disposition to match the cuteness! In fact everyone in the family regularly says ‘well it’s a good thing you are so cute’ as ChickPea AKA ‘The Destroyer’ rages around the house. We’re convinced she’s going to be a delightful teenager… Sunshine milk baby

For this classic/retro/old-school looking baby, there was no choice for her first birthday theme but a Belle and Boo theme. I spied the Belle and Boo range on Lark some time ago and was a bit over excited about the old fashioned, not too girly (no pink!) party range.

Belle and Boo Range Lark

Just in time for ChickPea’s first birthday, ‘Belle and Boo and the Birthday Surprise’ was released.  Since then Mandy Sutcliffe has written and illustrated ‘Belle and Boo and the Yummy Scrummy Day’ and ‘Belle and Boo and the Goodnight Kiss’. Belle is the little girl, Boo is her pet/toy rabbit, and oh how I wish rabbits were allowed in Queensland- guinea pigs just don’t have the same appeal! Each of the three books starts with the line “This is Belle, and this is Boo. They are always together –on sunny days, rainy days and dreamy let’s-be- lazy days”. All three books also all have matching endpapers…and I do so like a good endpaper.

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The ‘Belle and Boo’ stories are just delightful and the illustrations are exquisite. For me ‘Belle and Boo’ is a wonderful blending of the best of Milly-Molly-Mandy and the best of Winnie-the-Pooh. It’s lovely to take a break from modern picture books and escape into the dreamy world created by Mandy Sutcliffe…I’d like to stay a while actually, and go hunting for blackberries! Belle reminds me of a female version of Christopher Robin-she is at all times in charge, there are no adults present in the stories and Belle and Boo are the very best of friends, as were Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh.

After reading ‘Belle and Boo and the Yummy Scrummy Day’ PudStar and I made baked apples with blueberries as Belle does. I was hopeful that like Boo, the smell would entice her. Sadly it didn’t and The Destroyer ate them both.

baked apples

Boo and his carrot eating also reminded Pud that I promised we’d plant more carrots. We’ve been planing carrots since first reading ‘Parsley Rabbit’s Book About Books’…with some sucess and a few failures, that’s gardening with children for you!

Belle and Boo

Afternoon Tea

You can purchase the Belle and Boo products and some books from Lark. Belle and Boo books can be purchased by clicking on the covers below.

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ChickPea is getting the Belle and Boo trinket boxes and star charts from Lark for her second birthday…because I live in hope that one day she will earn a star. I’ve also pre-ordered the Belle and Book sticker books, which are released in July.

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Do other people have children who only eat the icing?

Icing Only Please

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25 Comments

  1. Rachel on May 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Oh I LOVE Belle & Boo too! They just released the fabric range in Australia so I purchased Ava & Friends and had it made into a doona cover for Miss O! Such a sad story behind Ava’s range but we will be celebrating in August with a tea party just like the beautiful Belle & Boo print that will have plenty of cupcakes with just the icing eaten!

  2. JoanieO on May 7, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Lark is an amazing shop, and I had no idea that Belle & Boo books existed until now. Thanks for sharing!

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2013 at 8:07 am

      I know! I saw the Lark products first too! Then found the books…double win!

  3. Mairead on May 8, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Delightful as ever Megan. I hope chickpea manages to get herself a star one day too! Xox

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2013 at 8:07 am

      I’m hoping she’ll one day get a star on a chart…maybe when she’s 10?

  4. Ali Chisholm on May 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Count me in Megan! I love Mandy Sutcliffe’s gorgeous Belle and Boo … so nostalgically sweet.

  5. Jo on May 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    We just got Belle and Boo and the Goodnight Kiss from the library and love it! Love the review. And far better to have a delightful teenager than a sweet tempered one year old – that’s what I told myself tonight too when being screamed at “DON’T WASH YOUR HAIR MAMA! NOOOOOO!!!!” xx

  6. Uta on May 10, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful belle and boo books. I had never heard of them before!

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2013 at 9:51 am

      I love finding a new book!

  7. Claire Howden on May 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Beautiful Megan! They have that look that just screams read it with nanna! Love love love all the accessories too. In your words…oh how I do love a good accessory!

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Yep my nan LOVES them!

  8. Amy Daley on May 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

    These sound like lovely stories for little girls, and I can absolutely imagine you “staying a while” and hunting for blackberries

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2013 at 11:09 am

      mind the girls for me while I go Aunty Aym????

  9. samantha on May 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Thank you so much for introducing me to the gorgeous Belle and Boo range. I have never seen them before our lark but I am certainly going to get some now to share with my little Lily. Thanks again. 🙂

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

      nice finding a new book isn’t it!

  10. JodieMcA on May 13, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Wow – these books look fabulous and the rest – wow – what a bonus!!

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

      They are lovely indeed!

  11. Sharolyn on May 13, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I love your frankness! Your girls are certainly characters! You will never have a boring life Megan. The Lark website looks like a very dangerous place to visit. [Those 4 (not really) sentences sound weird together but it is always funny to know how to write online.]

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

      I saw Miss Catherine last night and she said the same thing!!! xxx

  12. Erica. S on May 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Ohhh I may of just made it in time for this beauty ! I would have trouble sharing these gorgeous pieces with my girls! Straight to the pool room I say ……or more like just straight to Mummy’s office instead!

    • Anonymous on May 14, 2013 at 9:28 am

      he he he…I have terrible trouble ‘sharing’ some of my most favourite picture books!

  13. Melina on May 14, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for introducing me to what looks like some lovely books. Love the photo of the cupcake minus the icing 🙂

    • Anonymous on May 14, 2013 at 9:27 am

      WHY OH WHY can’t they eat the whole cake?!

  14. Margaret thompson on May 14, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Love these…but also love my Milly-Molly-Mandy …just need grandchildren to read the too……but I work in a school library and I know some of our students would love to read these……

    • Anonymous on May 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      I love Milly-Molly-Mandy also! My Belle and Boo books at school are ALWAYS out!

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