DINOS TO GO
By Sandra Boynton
BEING a new mother, I am not all that familiar with authors of children’s books, so when I took this book home, I was surprised that my friend who sometimes babysits my daughter exclaimed: “Sandra Boynton. Wow! My son loves her books. They are great read!”
I must say the only reason I picked it up was because it looked fun on the outside. I like the title, and the bit which says: “Seven nifty dinosaurs in one swell book.”
When I finally sat down with my daughter to read it, I understood what she meant. The book is simple and really fun. The words rhyme and are very catchy. It is great for children who have just learned to read.
I find the illustrations comical. Dinosaurs are portrayed as fun-loving animals. Among those that caught my eye were dinosaurs wearing sunshades sun-bathing, playing the guitar and sitting on the swing.
The book, about seven dinosaurs with different personalities, is a great way to introduce characters and moods to children. It is also a great way to introduce colours as each page has a different background tone.
ARTHUR’S FIRST SLEEPOVER
By Marc Brown
THIS book is about a mouse’s first sleepover with two friends. While Arthur is busy preparing for the sleepover, his sister DW, becomes obsessed with the subject of aliens and spaceships. In fact everybody in town has been talking about UFOs since an article appeared in the National Requirer.
The day finally comes. Arthur, Buster and the Brain are so excited they can’t sleep. D.W plays a trick on them by flashing some light as if it were from a spaceship. The boys freak out and run out of their tent, as DW chuckles with glee. But it’s the boys who have the last laugh when they get even with DW by pulling a prank on her.
Thumbs up for the story line and the moral behind it. The cover is not bad though I would prefer a more colourful design. I’ve always loved board books, as they last longer.
I think this storybook is suitable for children aged five and above. The illustrations are too detailed for younger kids and the print too small. I tried reading it to my 16-month-old daughter Ishra Kamiso but only got her attention for about 10 pages of the 30-page book.
GREAT ART ATTACK STUFF
with Neil Buchanan
THIS art activity book, is a spin-off from Disney Channel’s Art Attack with Neil Buchanan. If you’ve seen the show, you would know what a genius he is.
This book is suitable for all children, especially school-going kids. I would definitely recommend it for kids who enjoy art, and parents who want to do things together with their children.
The illustrations are wonderful and the instructions simple. Ishra loves this book and carries it with her everywhere she goes. For one thing, my daughter loved the illustrations and colours. Secondly, the author is familiar to her as Art Attack is one of her favourite programmes.
The hardcover book may have 64 pages but it is light and easy to carry. Ishra once left it outside on the balcony on a rainy evening, but because it was in hardcover it survived the rain!
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
ILLUSTRATED FAIRY TALES
THIS hard cover, 416-page storybook is rather thick and heavy. Among the stories it contains are The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, The Little Match Girl, The Nightingale and The Swamp King’s Daughter.
The illustrations are really beautiful but the print is rather small.
This book is definitely for older kids as the language is very descriptive and flowery. It is great for those with a strong command of the English language. A great exposure to English literature.
At the end of each story is a page dedicated for study. This section contains a summary and an explanation of the story and a few questions on how readers can apply the positive values gleaned from the fairy tale.
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