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‘Lovely book that’s a fab family read’ Book Monster Ally enjoys reading Froggy Day to eager library listeners!

Ally at Book Monsters posted a wonderful review today following a reading of Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos to a group of children in her library:

My one concern with reading this to pre-schoolers was whether they would really understand the play on words, but a quick explanation before we started reading the story and the children seemed to understand the concept quite well, and regardless of whether they did or not, they laughed and laughed and made “ribbit” noises and thoroughly enjoyed this book. They all sat impeccably through the whole thing, clearly fascinated.

From my point of view, as a storyteller, I so enjoyed reading it too, the play on words was such fun to read out loud, it allows for lots of dramatic expression and animal noises. There’s enough humour that will appeal to adults in this lovely book that’s a fab family read.

Let’s not forget those illustrations, bright, bold, so much fun and covered in frogs! Barbara Bakos has done a lovely job here, the children loved spotting the frogs and laughing at the silly antics they got up to. It really helped to aid the telling of the story.

Sometimes a tale just needs to be fun, simple, and most of all silly, that’s what so many children love, laughter is what unites us, what better way to get children engaged with reading than a book like this.

For our craftactivity, I made a frog fly catching game (found on the internet), which was simple and quick to make, but children enjoyed making it, and both children and adults enjoyed having a go.’

Thanks, Ally! Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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‘I loved it, I’m dying to read it to our story-timers and share it with our library visitors’ Book Monsters rave review for The Wondrous Dinosaurium!

Ally at Book Monsters recently posted a rave review for picture book The Wondrous Dinosaurium by John Condon with illustrations by Steve Brown:

John Condon has cleverly given this story a slight non-fiction twist by incorporating some dinosaur facts in, which I liked a lot and is perfectly pitched to pique the interest of very young children. It is a great starter for children, and can easily then lead to more research and learning off the back of a fun tale! John has written this story with maximum excitement intended with carefully placed ellipsis at the end of most pages to encourage interest, discussion and build suspense too!

Steve Brown’s illustrations are there to please, children (and grown ups too) will love them, so bright, vivid and characterful, with little subtle touches and expression to make it enjoyable for adults and children involved. Every dinosaur is easily identifiable and bursting with character. They are really fabulous and perfectly suited to children of various ages.

Every page turn is unexpected!

I loved it, I’m dying to read it to our story-timers and share it with our library visitors.’

Thanks, Ally!

Read the full review here and buy a copy here

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Rave review for Bonkers About Beetroot from Book Monsters!

Book Monster Ally posted a rave review for Bonkers About Beetroot by Cath Jones and illustrated by Chris Jevons recently as part of her Advent calendar:

Bonkers about Beetroot has plenty to offer. It shows the process needed to grow plants (something we are often asked for as part of school projects) and teaches children not to give up, to fight for what they believe in and not be put off by people who may doubt them. But fundamentally, this is just a brilliantly fun and of course bonkers story for children.’

Thanks, Ally!

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‘I was incredibly impressed by the quality of these books’ Book Monster Ally loves our Early Readers!

Sheffield children’s librarian Ally at Book Monsters recently gave what may well be the best Early Readers review we’ve ever had! Ally praised the quality of the writing and the illustrations and said:

‘I must applaud all of the authors and illustrators involved in these books for their brilliant and perfectly pitched work here. It’s a tricky level to target, but all involved have done a superb job. Younger reader books are certainly getting better generally as we realise the importance of nurturing children’s love of reading early on, and Maverick arts publishing have really pulled out all the stops with their very own collection. I’m hugely impressed with the high quality of their younger readers’ series. If you want bright, colourful, funny and entertaining, yet well designed and educational books for young children, then I’d suggest giving these a go.’

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Thank you so much, Ally! We really appreciate it! We are feeling some Sheffield love for Maverick just now as The New LiBEARian by Alison Donald and illustrated by Alex Willmore is also up for the Sheffield Children’s Book Award!

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All 40 Maverick Early Readers are available from Amazon, The Book Depository, bookshops, wholesalers and library and school suppliers.

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‘An absolute pleasure to read out loud’ Book Monsters sinks its teeth into Fum!

Book Monsters went wild for Fum by Karl Newson and illustrated by Lucy Fleming!

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‘This is a really very gorgeously sweet book ideal for young children. Karl Newson is the master of rhyme. I’ve been following his ditties on Twitter for quite some time, and I’ve come across few writers able to play with rhyme quite so effectively. The words flow beautifully, making his poetry and books an absolute pleasure to read out loud.

There is a lot of opportunity to use the text in this book for role play with children, getting them to act out the different family members and characters, so an ideal book to use in schools, particularly for the traditional tales topic.’

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‘My new favourite!’ Book Monsters goes wild for Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine

A wonderful review for Mine Mine Mine! Said the Porcupine (also on the book list for the Summer Reading Challenge 2017!) by Alex English and illustrated by Emma Levey

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‘The writing by Alex English reads so wonderfully. It’s in rhyme and flows like a real classic picture book which almost anyone can confidently read out loud. Full of expression and fun, but with few words so the important message being explained is not lost on young children. I read this out loud a few times and it sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to do so at a storytime soon.’

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‘A pleasure to read out loud’ says Book Monsters about As Nice as Pie

Another great review of As Nice as Pie by Gary Sheppard and illustrated by Tim Budgen, this time from Book Monsters

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‘Every page brought a big smile to my face.’

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