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I hate to do this!!
on 14 September 2009
Oh Dear, I love Julia Donaldson too, I have quite a collection now but, I don't like the story at all, infact its creepy and alittle absurd even for me. I am reading it to my 5 year old and 3 year old, but have stopped reading it to my 3 year old as I just don't think its appropriate and even with my 5 year old I am changing some things around!
There is a chapter where the mean brother Zab has the Iggly Plopps and hes playing with them in the bath tub the Chapters called 'The Icy Lake' and I just think its awkward for me to read, must be so scary to listen too (at age 5)... I think Poppy is 2 and Colette and Stephen are around 9 and 11, and I just don't think there adventures are appropriate for little ones ears!! 'The Battle Jar' where Zab is shouting KILL KILL KILL and the 'Monster On The Bed', where Poppy (a 2 year old is mauled by the kitten and blood is dripping from her body, thats just wrong in my opinion for little ears, there is also another chapter where buries them up to there necks in the sand and leaves them, then Zab is driving a remote controlled car and is crashing it into the walls on purpose, and every time Colette is smashing her head on the windshield and is bruised and bleeding 'ouch' come on, not nice...So I guess what I am saying is, maybe next time it would have been better to have an idea about how old a child must be to listen to this story...as I have said I have quite a collection of Julia Donaldson books so I thought this was along the same lines, but it definately is not and I would not recommend it for a 5 year old!!