This is the story of two very imaginative little boys and their resistance to cleaning up their toys…
Two little boys are about to go out for the day to the swimming pool as a treat. But before they can go, they must tidy up all their toys – which are all over the house – as requested by their Mummy. The boys consider this a mission! The boys attempt to clean up their toys in various parts of the house while making all sorts of excuses to Mummy to leave the toys where they are. The boys are easily side-tracked when attempting to clean up each room, as they find themselves playing with their toys again, their imaginations taking over. They find themselves driving trains, defending castles from ogres, climbing high mountains, flying spaceships, catching sea serpents and meeting prehistoric dinosaurs. All while trying to clean up their toys!
Written by Jason Tucker and stunningly illustrated by Nick Roberts, Operation Clean Up Day is a fantastic journey through the imagination of two children, who can turn a simple set of toys into an entire fantasy world, whilst teaching children the valuable lesson of tidying up their toys after playtime!
Firstly I would like to thank Clink Street publishing, Jason Tucker and blog tour organiser Rachel Gilbey for the ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Jason Thorpe has written a funny and delightful tale of two little boys and the captivating imaginary worlds they create with their toys. The problem is, they never tidy them up or put them away and have to be persuaded to do so. To help children learn about cleaning up, he has written this book which they can read with their parents. That may sound boring, but I promise you this book it is far from that, it is enchanting, appealing and engaging.
The boys are told that they can only go swimming if they put their toys away, but who would want to tidy up the lounge when in the minds of these little boys it’s Grand Central Station or the bedroom when it’s a galactic space station? But they have promised mummy they will try and they do, but they keep getting distracted and end up playing.
It’s obvious when reading Operation Clean Up Day that writing it was a labour of love, inspired by an affection for imagination and the way young children can turn any room into a magical place. Yet at the same time, rooms can become messy nightmares for the adults in the family. By capturing the children’s mischievous enthusiasm for play but not for tidying up, young readers learn by reading this book, the rewards they can gain by helping their parents. It’s an aid to mums and dads, but by paying homage to the incredible imagery world of young children, Jason Tucker makes this book a joy to read, which is important, because children learn best when it’s fun.
The narrative reads well and the rhyming text is fun and easy to read for parents and young children.
My favourite part is when they have to tidy up their bedroom…
“Onto our bedroom, Mummy says, you have another place to sort
But Mummy, we can’t, this is our galactic space port…. “
Illustrations are an important part of any book for young children, as reading is as much a visual experience, as it is learning the words beside them! In Operation Cleanup Day, the pictures are stunning. They bring the story to life and compliment it perfectly. We have the boys and their mum in the bathroom on one page, then on the other, the world in the minds of the children. The scene has been magically transformed into a pirate’s ship where the boys are fighting off sea monsters on the high seas.
I find it hard to believe that any reader would fail to be charmed by this delightful tale. It’s magical, funny and educational all at the same time. The perfect combination, for parents and children alike.
About the author:
Born and raised in London, Jason Tucker is married and is a father of three young boys. He is enjoying an international working life basing himself between London and Dubai. This is his first published work with a number of other titles in the pipeline as well as working on a number of other ventures including TV, Film & graphic novels.