Teeny Weeny Genie by Julia Donaldson & Anna Currey ~ #PictureBook #Review ~ @MacmillanKidsUK

Julia Donaldson’s latest picture book, Teeny Weeny Genie, illustrated by Anna Currey might be best described as the classic nursery rhyme Old Macdonald had a Farm meets Disney’s Aladdin.

Teeny Weeny Genie by Julia Donaldson and Anna Currey Macmillan


Old Macdonald had a farm, and on that farm he had a teapot, and in that teapot lived a teeny weeny blue genie who just wanted some peace and quiet.

Teeny Weeny Genie by Julia Donaldson and Anna Currey Macmillan
Teeny Weeny Genie by Julia Donaldson and Anna Currey

But when Old Macdonald decides to do a bit of spring cleaning, the teeny weeny genie’s peaceful life goes out the window. Soon Old Macdonald wishes for wife, and soon Mrs MacDonald wishes for a baby and Baby Macdonald wishes for a dog, who wishes for a cat, who wishes for mice and soon Old Macdonald’s farm becomes SUPER noisy!

Teeny Weeny Genie by Julia Donaldson and Anna Currey Macmillan
Teeny Weeny Genie by Julia Donaldson and Anna Currey

There is a joyful balance of wacky wishes and the traditional nursery rhyme onomatopoeia. So much so, that at one point, my little girl broke into song and began singing Old Macdonald had a farm and pointing to all the different animals. Like with the mish-mash of nursery rhyme and Aladdin, there is also a blend of prose and rhyming text. My daughter and I absolutely loved the genie’s rhyming spells, particularly: “ABC and XYZ, Cauliflower cheese and chocolate spread”!

The question is, will the teeny weeny blue genie ever get a break from granting wishes, and find some peace and quiet? Aladdin’s magic carpet might not make an appearance in this story, but as the cover suggests, maybe there is a way he could somehow him fly away…

Teeny Weeny Genie is a charming fresh take on the cautionary theme “be careful what you wish for”. Children will absolutely love the connections to the beloved nursery rhyme, Old Macdonald had a farm. The rhyming passages and wacky wishes are hilarious and delightful! We loved it.


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Publisher: Macmillan
Publication date:
6 August 2020
ISBN: 978-1509843602

 

I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.

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