November 2003Page 6REALBOOK NEWS Issue 14
carried in the detailed pictures making this a good book for the first lessons in English.
Find-a-Saurus Author Mark Sperring Illus A Steele-Morgan NP/Level 2
Chicken House Hardback ISBN 1-903434-94-2 £10.99
This book by a new author and illustrator will appeal to any child interested in Dinosaurs. Marty is crazy about Dinosaurs and says he wants to go for a stroll with a Stegosaurus … have burger and chips with a Brachiosaurus and watch TV with a Tyrannosaurus! Although his mother has told him that dinosaurs no longer exist, Marty feels there must be some dinosaurs somewhere. I think they’re just in hiding. So Marty started to look everywhere under the bed, in the bathroom cabinet, under the table, in the lily pond, in the garden shed, then he found an enormous footprint. Whose was it? Well it wasn’t a dinosaur’s. May be one day I’ll find one ….. I just know I will said Marty. A tale about never giving up accompanied by vibrant colourful illustrations including a fold-out dragon spread.
In the Dark, Dark, Wood Illustrated Jessica Souhami N/P Level 1a
Frances Lincoln Paperback ISBN 0-7112-1692-4 £5.99
A shortened version of the traditional rhyme illustrated with colourful, clear illustrations that are likely to stimulate children’s imagination and creative ideas.
I’m going to tell you a really spooky story, so listen carefully to me …….
In the dark, dark wood,/ There was a dark, dark house, Hoo-hoo-hoo! Haa-haa-haa! Although you cannot open the front door, lift-up-flaps make it possible for the reader to open the ground floor, first floor and attic windows and see the frightening animals waiting for them! Turn the page and you are into the dark, dark room and then turn over again to the dark, dark cupboard, then the dark, dark shelf and turn again to find the box on that shelf and finally on the last page you find the ghost who lives in the box. Watch out for the scary hand that beckons you on each page. Children enjoy joining in the chorus Hoo-hoo-hoo Haa-haa-haa from the first time you read it aloud and soon pick up the repetitive language. A fun book for browsing over and short enough for children to copy to make their own books, with or without the flaps, but with the scary white hand that beckons you on each spread.