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.
The Seren Trilogy is about a little girl's adventures in a fantastical place created by the imaginative Darren Lewis. The chief protagonist, Ellie, is based upon his own daughter which makes the story extra special as it's written from the heart with great love and affection. The characters are lots of fun as Darren's clever writing and wonderfully descriptive narrative flows along, interweaving between the three stories. The three stories are Ellie and the Rabbits where she meets talking rabbits and is turned into a rabbit herself! The second Ellie and the Dragon - as good a dragon as my own Jellybean? Hmm... By the way, she meets Cole, an orphan dragon in a basement! And the third, Ellie and the Battle - where she and Cole need to save the world with unexpected results.
A perfect story for children that is sure to make them excited and dreaming of their own fantastical adventures. Looking forward to the next adventures of Ellie.
Spirit Warriors: The Concealing has me itching to read the follow-up which I believe is due out at any moment. My slugs can't wait! This is a wonderfully written story which explores many themes including sexuality, love, death etc... and it also provides a fascinating insight into Native American culture as our main protagonists are able to leave their bodies and merge with other animals. Quite fascinating. Unfortunately, they don't merge with any slugs - their loss! D.E.L. Connor takes us on a wild ride with lots of twists and turns and this book is more than worthy of 5 stars. Great cover too!
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.
Finally, a book I can relate to - a slimy slug. This slug really does a magnificent job of sliming a great many places from the school classroom to the back seat of the car to Edward's house and beyond! Just wait till you get to the ending. The story has a nice pace until it builds to the climax where there's an unexpected, funny surprise. Of course, this slug isn't a patch on my own genetically modified slugs however, he is worthy chap - perhaps he could come and stay with me and I could train him. He might even then be able to produce even more slime and go on to slime an entire kitchen! The illustrations by Celia Carlile are fabulous - bright, detailed and sure to attract and keep the attention of your own little slugs. Highly recommended!
An inquisitive, strong-headed rascal of a boy is taken on a walk by his mummy and he soon learns that mum's do know best! On the journey we learn about a goldfinch and not to touch poison ivy - that's why I always go for walks with my slugs as they love poison ivy. This is an educational and warm story written from the heart with lovely, colourful illustrations. Slug-tastic!
Who knew learning could be this fun? I must say that my slugs and I were rather perplexed by the title but inside, it's an overload of cuteness, novelty and learning - I didn't know my brain could take it! I liked the way it was presented as if the paper's from a notebook and the characters are illustrated in a very unusual way - reminds me of those Russian dolls. The diversity aspect is wonderful so that your little slugs will see that we're all the same, we're all slugs underneath. Combined with the mathematics, it's two in one! Wonderful!
This has now become my favourite D M Potter interactive story. It's educational - great information on caves, butterflies and sailing for example, excellent way to learn new vocabulary - my slugs were stumped on a few occasions, and most of all, it's challenging and fun. On my adventure, I went to the beach then found a cave, went up to the fortress and sailed over to an island where, something quite odd happened. I shan't say more! The pacing is excellent and the tension just builds and builds. Definitely one to buy!
Choosing books worthy enough to be read and reviewed by Elias Zapple.