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.
This is another rhyme/story in the Alex, Dragon and Spider series and I think it's my favourite so far. I liked how the story built to the race and the tension that was created. I'm sure little slugs will enjoy this aspect, especially if they're of a competitive nature as they wait to see who'll win the race up the mountain. The rhyme works very well and the illustrations match it perfectly. Plus I do enjoy the games at the end. Another fine children's book from Natalie Finnigan.
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!
Always Be Us Three is a touching book about a child experiencing the break up of his parents' marriage. It's in the form of a rhyme and is told in a very clear, tender and empathetic way to give support to children that may be experiencing the same thing - something many find traumatic. I myself was rather traumatised when Lenny the Slug left my home... if only this book had been around for me when that terrible event happened. I still weep to this day.
The illustrations match the rhyme perfectly. Another winning combination from Natalie Finnigan and Gina Rahman.
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.