November 2003Page 5REALBOOK NEWS Issue 14
You Choose Author Pippa Goodhart Illus: Nick Sharrat N/P Level 1a
Doubleday Hardback ISBN 0-385-60176-X £10.99 www:kidsatrandomhouse.co.uk
Imagine If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Imagine you get into a balloon and fly on top of the world. Where would you go? You choose.
Let’s go to the jungle! says the boy in the balloon and the girl adds I want to see the city! What would you choose from the large selection which includes a desert, a popping off volcano and sandy beaches and so on, each with their own atmospheric, funky pictures to catch your attention? The choice is yours! Turn over to the next spread Who would you like for family and friends? Faced with over 70 different fun-to-count minimal portraits it is difficult to decide, but again the boy and girl start you off talking I want her for my friend. Can he be my grandpa?
Over 12 spreads you are asked to think about what kind of home you would choose, what clothes you would like, what you would like to eat, and even what sort of bed you would like to sleep in. This book is like a fun pictorial themed dictionary, and is best introduced one spread at a time. Not surprising that it took Nick Sharratt 2 years to complete his lively illustrations. This book sparks the imagination of most children who soon have something to say as they make their choices. A natural follow-up is to make individual My Choice Books answering all or some of the questions and adding illustrations. This is a great book for browsing over individually or with family. Each time you read it, you can let you imagination fly as you select yet another choice when You choose!
Fish Go Woof Author- Illus: Miranda Maxwell-Hyslop N/P Level 1a
Hodder Children’s Novelty/Hardback ISBN 0-340-87338-8£10.99p
Teaching animal noises in English is always a little difficult and to some young children it may not seem logical that, although the animal is marking the same noise, we say it differently in English. Here is a book that apart from being great fun helps you over this problem. At first glance you might think it is just another mix and match novelty book where the pages are cut into three sections, but it has much more to offer. On the inside back cover there is a pictorial index identifying all the animals and their noises that can be used as a start-off point and later as a self-check for any child playing the game that this book can be made into. So tigers go roar! Look at the cheeky tiger licking its lips and nearly winking at you in spite of being cut into three sections length wise, with one word on each section. Fit one tiger section together with a section from donkeys go hee-haw and another from fish go blub and you have tigers-go-blub – what a laugh! Once children know the 15 animals and their sounds, they can play by themselves for hours making nonsense animals or self-correcting until they get an animal right (a Montessori-like activity). The lively animal illustrations are complimented by patterns on the reverse sides which match when you have got the 3 parts of the animal together correctly; yet another feature of this cleverly constructed novelty book. Ideal for book corners and as children browse, they’ll naturally enjoy making the animal noises in English!
Next Please Author Ernst Jandl Illustrator Norman Junge N/P Level 1a Red FoxPaperback ISBN 0-09-943933-6£4.99 www.kidsatrandomhouse.co.uk
First published in Munich in 1970 this book still remains a favourite with children. Set in what is a common experience - a Doctor’s waiting room, the Doctor turns out to be a Doctor who specialises in toys and the five waiting patients are all toys! One by one the toys file in to see the Doctor Next please. One goes in. (Turn the page.) Two waiting. (Turn the page.) and the door shuts.
But Door opens. One comes out .and he looks so much better and happy, too. Going to the Doctor might be a good thing to do after all! (Turn the page.) Next, please. One goes in. and so it continues until Next please. Last one goes in .and the reader can finally see the Doctor who is making all the toys better! The illustrations are set in the same waiting room which enables the reader to count the sorry-looking patients whose faces show remarkable feelings as they wait patiently. The last toy to go in is a Pinocchio-like boy, who has broken his nose. Can the Doctor fix this? Most of the story is