This new audiobook by Tony Gilbert had my slugs glued to the speakers. It took me a good hour afterwards to peel them off. Narrated by Chris Barnes in a delightful Scottish accent in a clear and easy on the ear voice, Doodeedoo is a sort of epic and fun rhyme about a sock monster very much in the vein of Frankenstein's Monster. The rhyming works great 'cheese with knees & eyes with wise' that'll have your little slugs also glued to their listening devices. Just have a something handy to peel them off afterwards. It also includes Tony's other rhyme, Super Fred, about a non-scary monster (I'm seeing an obsession with monsters here) and a boy he's meant to scare. All very enjoyable and worth every penny.
Super Fred is an epic poem about a monster unable to scare a little boy. Together they concoct a plan to convince Fred's friend Bob, the scariest monster (as scary as one of my genetically modified slugs?), that Fred is much scarier. Dale, the little boy, and Fred then strike up a great friendship. The rhyme is superb with great fluidity and enough new vocabulary for children to learn. There's gentle humour throughout and a wonderful underlying message about friendship. The illustrations work well with the rhyme, with its soft colours and fresh look. I'd imagine the print version of this must be very nice and do the illustrations justice. I highly recommend this to all the slugs out there.
I think my slugs and I both agree that this is our favourite Melinda Kinsman book yet. Odd Sock is adorable, almost as adorable as Guiseppe the Slug, and her inquisitive nature makes for not only an entertaining read but also the portal to a wealth of information. Odd Sock and M, not the character from James Bond, go on a big Scottish adventure to the Highlands where we learn important things about camping, how to, nature and information on the places itself with gorgeous photographs to boot. I never knew that there was a goldmine near one of the mountains. There's also some good advice, to paraphrase 'take only photos, leave only footprints'... Never spoil nature! The book also serves as a great way to learn new vocabulary and there's a useful glossary at the back to help. Odd Sock's BIG Scottish Adventure has been very well put together and is a most enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
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