The Problem with Poppy by Emma Sandford illustrated by Olena Osadcha #Review


Today we have a debut picture book for 4-8 year olds. Emma Sandford's The Problem with Poppy was published in May 2021. 

Poppy the porcupine has always wanted to make a friend, but her defensive nature prevents her. When a young tiger cub stumbles upon her one day in the rainforest, she reacts badly and scares him away.

Determined to change her ways, she sets out to find him, but little does she know that the tiger cub is about to have a problem of his own. In the face of danger, will Poppy find a way to save the day?

 This picture book will appeal to young readers because of the story content and the bright, engaging illustrations. The text is clearly set out in manageable chunks, which lends itself to sharing with very young children. I like the variety of the vocabulary and there are good opportunities for language development.

There is an underlying message in the story about helping others and overcoming your natural reserve to enable you to make friends. Set in the Sumatran rainforest, there are some lovely aspects to encourage thinking around conservation and the book is partnered by Rainforest Trust UK. 

About the Author


Emma Sandford is a Liverpool-born author and businesswoman based in Cheshire. For many years, she has wanted to write a children’s book that draws on her own experiences and helps young children overcome personal issues. One day, inspiration hit her: she realised that a porcupine has a very obvious defence mechanism where it shows its quills, stamps its feet and chatters with its teeth when feeling threatened.

Unfortunately, due to traumatic events in her life, Emma has also been defensive in situations where she didn’t need to be, and was frightened to let people get close to her. The Problem With Poppy is a fun way of teaching kids that while everybody has a natural defence mechanism, there is a time and a place to use it. By the end of the story, Poppy has learnt this valuable lesson and she makes a lifelong friend in the process.

Emma is planning on writing more books in the future that have similar important messages for youngsters. Watch this space!

You can follow Emma here:  Twitter/FullMediaLtd                                                          Facebook                         

                                           |  Twitter /ESandfordAuthor 

Book links: 

Amazon UK   |  Amazon US

Thanks to Emma Sandford and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

Check out the rest of the tour!




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