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.
The Cloud Diary brought a tear to my eye. Very moving and heartfelt, told from the perspective of a boy who's lost his mother and is not only grieving himself but witnessing his father's breakdown. It's very well-written with appropriate illustrations throughout. I would highly recommend this to anybody who knows a child going through a similar experience.
Choosing books worthy enough to be read and reviewed by Elias Zapple.