Saturday, October 24, 2015

*Review* Honk, Honk! Hold Tight! by Jessica Souhami

Genre: Children's Illustrated
Published: August 6, 2015
Pages: 32
Ages: 3-6 (According to Amazon)


This very funny folktale tells about the princess who will not laugh. Her father says he will give her hand in marriage to the man who can make her laugh â?? and one boy plus a golden goose set off to the palace to try their luckâ?¿ As they go along, the animals and people they meet all try to steal one of the golden goose's feathers â?? and they stick fast to the goose. "Honk Honk Hold Tight!" says the boy, and the whole parade soon ends up at the palace. What will the princess do?

A fabulous read-aloud, laugh-out-loud story that has its origins in Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK, with variants discovered in Russia and Egypt.


I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program in the hopes that I would leave an honest review.

This was a cute story that basically flips traditional fairy tales on their heads. As the mother of a daughter, I appreciate that the prize is not the princess. While I'm not against traditional fairy tales, I think it's also important for our daughters to see that they're not JUST a prize to be won. 

The illustrations are relatively simple, but colorful, drawing attention without being too distracting.

Immediately after I read this book to my 4 year old, she demanded that I read it again. I would definitely recommend it to parents of young children. 5 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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About the Author

Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design. In 1980 she formed Mme Souhami and Co, a travelling puppet company using colourful shadow puppets with a musical accompaniment and a storyteller. Her illustrations, like her puppets, use brilliant colour and bold shapes and her characters leap and swoop across the spreads. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Sausages!, In the Dark, Dark Wood, Baba Yaga and the Stolen Baby, Leopard's Drum, No Dinner!, Rama and the Demon King, The Famous Adventures of a Bird Brained Hen, The Little, Little House, Mrs McCool and the Giant Cuchulainn and King Pom and the Fox. Jessica lives in North London.


  1. I like you. I think I will keep you. and I may get the book for my kid too. :)

    1. I really should have updated my review before I published this too (it had been sitting on my blog waiting for a slow time to be published for like a month, and in that time, my daughter made me read it to her every night before bed. Then I hid it so I could get a break and read some other stories.) - Katie