Publisher – Jonathan Cape Ltd (30 September 2010)
In a house by the sea there happily live a dog, a cat and a mouse. Well, happily enough until a stranger knocks on the door one night, offering them each a special free gift. Who is this mysterious salesman blowing into their little world and turning it upside-down? And can their happy home survive his trouble-making gifts?
A couple of weeks ago we were sent Three By The Sea by Mini Grey.
Three By The Sea tells the tale of three friends (a dog, a cat and a mouse) who live together quite happily until a stranger arrives. He disrupts the happy household but also teaches a lesson about compromise and friendship.
The children enjoyed the story and the illustrations, I found the humour and the finer details in the illustrations really distinctive and thoroughly entertaining.
Mini Grey’s books are a refreshing change in a sea of princesses, dinosaurs and happy go lucky, smiley endings. Not that there are no happy endings, they just aren’t sugar coated and I like that.
Author Fact : Mini Grey was given her name after being born in a Mini in a car park in Newport, Wales.
Along with Three By The Sea we would heartily recommend Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey. It is a regular in our bedtime reading rota! We love it, I had to buy it because the library only ever got it back for a day or two in-between borrowings. Did you know you can renew your books three times? That’s three months of Biscuit Bear at a time!