Elsa Takaoka has written a quite splendid book that teaches your slugs to sit still and become attentive listeners. Ah, attentive listeners, how I miss Steve the Slug. Quite often my slugs wiggle a bit too often so this book worked a treat and got them to pay attention at long last. There are splendid rhymes and really colourful, manga-esque illustrations by Catherine Toennisson. And with surnames like theirs, how can you resist getting this book?
What an interesting title! And there's much more interest inside this book of children's rhymes about derrieres, dragons, mice, the three little pigs and much, much more. Unfortunately, no rhymes about cabbages, slugs, moustaches or me, Elias Zapple. For shame! I especially enjoyed the rhyme 'In the Dark' about the adventures of a mouse in its new home. I often wonder how my newly imported slugs feel when they first arrive. I must ask them. I digress. How does one lose a bottom? What does one look like? I'd like to see an illustration please!
This is a very funny, cleverly written book of rhymes and I implore you all to grab a copy for your children who'll be entertained, laughing about bottoms and will also learn a few new words.
Another hilarious book of rhymes by Melinda Kinsman that'll keep your children or your slugs entertained. As always, they're inventive with funny and colourful illustrations to go with them. I especially liked the monsters at the car wash as those big rollers do indeed look like monsters. This brought me back to when I was a little sprout and how scary it seemed when in the car and having those big, loud, furry rollers go over. The illustrations and rhyme brought it all back... I shall have a sleepless night tonight.
Luckily, I have a slug creepy-crawly that has promised to scare Melinda's monsters away. Phew!
If you're looking for a book for your children or slugs (ages 9+) that delves into a bit of English history around the Elizabethan era, if you're looking for something that has magic and fantasy, uses the wonderful British Museum as a prime location, has well-written action and something that's a little different then I'd highly recommend The Magician's Fire (ZiyZo). You're not going to get your usual book as the author herself is probably rather unusual and who doesn't like quirky? The author obviously knows a lot about magic, spells and things of that nature - which is rather worrying come to think of it.
I'd imagine that if you or your children liked Harry Potter then they'd love this, however there's something more real about this. I understand that this is the first in the series so hopefully we will see many more. Get into it and begin the journey of online dragon chasing! Just don't attempt to chase slugs as they don't like it and will slime you.
My slugs and I had previously read D M Potter's In the Magician's House and Once Upon an Island follows the same formula of interactivity. This is fun, intriguing and with a little bit of history and geography about New Zealand thrown in too - not so much that my brain might explode. Unlike last time with In the Magician's House I actually made it to the end and got to meet a certain Captain and then was able to decide my own fate. I think children will love it, my slugs did, and I can recommend it if you're looking for something a little different and challenging for your 7 - 11 year olds.
I was fortunate enough to read Mr. Blue and though it wasn't a book about slugs, which is slightly disappointing, I got to learn a lot about the Great Blue Heron - enough to wonder whether I should replace my slugs with Herons!
There are many interesting facts to teach children about a quite interesting animal and the pictures are superb. Wonderful to look at and, I'd imagine, look great in the physical version. Somehow, I don't think the Kindle version does it justice.
The colours match the book perfectly and it's one of the neatest covers I've seen in a long time.
Recommended. Hope Priscilla will soon do a book about the majestic slug.
Such a sweet, (caramel-like sweetness, candyfloss-sweetness), book that I could barely continue without having to chop some wood in-between. Lovely photos of the awesome 6 that'll make any child or adult go 'ahhh' in unison.
Have to say, it's an inventive way to get little ones into learning a language. These are baby-steps but a little goes a long way and in no time they'll be saying gute nacht or bonne nuit and before you know it, it'll be bonjour, comment ca va? Pas mal, et toi? And then they'll be having conversations about you and you won't understand!
I quite like dragons. Not too fond of spiders. A spider once bit me and I was scratching for a week!
Anyway, this is a charming, fun rhyme that will definitely appeal to young readers with cute illustrations that will hopefully inspire little frogs to learn to play an instrument.
There's even a fun game at the end!
This is a wonderful story with themes of tolerance, acceptance and an anti-bullying message within. Our protagonist Poddy is delightful and wonderfully written. You really feel for him when he's cast out and so happy when the story takes a turn - I shan't say more.
Very funny moments include Poddy the hedgehog trying to soften his thorns and inadvertently making them sharper. Haha!
Great illustrations too, really complement the story.
And then there's Puffy, the rabbit. Grr!
Choosing books worthy enough to be read and reviewed by Elias Zapple.