Hunting for Dragons on a Very Long Welsh Walk is a little bit of a continuation of Melinda Kinsman's other book, Odd's Big Scottish Adventure. This time, Odd and M do indeed go on a very long walk across the mountains and valleys of Wales. There's a lot packed into this adventure as the reader gets to not only discover the beauty of Wales, they also get to discover its wonderful language and history with wonderful tidbits of knowledge dotted throughout. My slugs, for example, never knew the story of the Welsh dragon battling the Anglo-Saxon dragon or that King Arthur's knights are said to be asleep in a cave and will awaken if Wales should ever need them. Quite fascinating. Melinda writes with warmth and in a fun way so that the child/slug won't even realise that they're learning. There are fantastic photographs throughout, check out the hut, as well as a useful glossary at the back. Where will Odd and M visit next? Can't wait to find out!
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.
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!
This is no ordinary book of rhymes. Fun oozes out of this charming book, with the games, the illustrations, the crazy characters let alone the rhymes. It's a very involving book that has been carefully thought about, considered and written, not just thrown together like a slug stew.
I especially enjoyed the rhyme about colours - the purple section didn't quite work for me but the rest were inventive and fun to read. However, why no brown? There was green and that was good for a cabbage-thrower like me.
Highly recommended and do check out books one and two. They're free to download from Melinda's website!
Choosing books worthy enough to be read and reviewed by Elias Zapple.