Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books, 2016.
The first book in Emma Chichester Clark’s Blue Kangaroo series was published in 1998. The series has proved to be extremely popular and this, the ninth book, has been published almost twenty years after the first.
Lily is the young girl in the series. In When I First Met You… she reminisces about the day she was given Blue Kangaroo. Her baby brother Jack has just been born. Lily is desperate to help look after him but her well-meaning efforts keep backfiring. She then worries that Jack doesn’t love her because he cries every time she goes near him. Her grandma arrives bringing a surprise: Blue Kangaroo. Lily loves him straight away and Blue Kangaroo knows he’s come to the right person.
Unfortunately, Lily’s attempts to look after Blue Kangaroo don’t go well either. Lily feels bad because she keeps making mistakes and she concludes that she’s no good at looking after babies. Her mother reassures her that everyone makes mistakes and that Lily just needs more practice. Blue Kangaroo is very understanding and is happy to help Lily learn how to look after him and baby Jack.
This is a sweet book about friendship and family. There is a very positive message about how it’s ok to make mistakes – everybody does and it’s how we learn. The theme of love within families is very strong too.
Suitable for children aged 2+
Thank you to Harper Collins Children’s Books for sending me this book to review and to Toppsta for organising the giveaway.