Review: Hold That Thought, Milton!

51OiEbJ+C9L._SX385_Hold That Thought, Milton! is a funny (if slightly bizarre!) new picture book by award winning author Linda Ravin Lodding, which tells the story of a young boy – Milton – who has a lot on his mind (I know how he feels!). When Milton loses his beloved frog – the amusingly named Burp! – he takes matters into his own hands and in trying desperately to ‘hold that thought’, thoughts around Burp eventually burst from his mind and trigger a rather peculiar transformation!

It’s a little weird….

BUT, undeniably amusing! And the fantastic illustrations by Ross Collins really do make the story explode off the page, which adds a lot to the book.


We’ve had the book about 3-weeks now and have read it a dozen times. I don’t think it initially appealed to Allegra, but the more familiar she has become with the story and the more she gets her head around the whole concept of someone struggling to contain their thoughts and then them ‘bursting out’ with rather amusing consequences, the more she has really started to ‘get it’ and enjoy it. I think she certainly loves the fact that the funny-looking frog is called Burp – well, we all find that amusing, right?!

Here she is walking you through part of the book in her own words:

Hold That Thought, Milton! is published by Parragon Books and is available from Amazon, RRP £5.99 – I would suggest it’s particularly great for age 4 years and over and given my little girl’s love of ballerinas and princesses, it’s not likely to become a firm favourite – although I’m delighted to have something else to read at bedtime that is a bit different and she definitely finds it funny, so it makes a nice change for all of us, but I think it would probably be a particularly big hit with (burp-loving!) boys.

Disclosure: Parragon Books sent us this book for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are honest and our own.

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