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Zoe and Beans: Hello Oscar
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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My three year old grand-daughter seems to be just the right age for this book. The illustrations are just right for a child of that age, being big and plentiful, with the main characters occupying the main part of each page.

The story is good enough but as always with this age of child, the pictures are the main thing, together with a few key phrases which they will remember from one reading to another.

Although the book seems expensive at its original price I think it is good value here on Amazon. Its nicely produced and will make an immediate impact on a child with its colourful illustrations and slightly wacky storyline. They might even learn something about the animals Zoe and Beans meet in the garden - the reference to Google was lost on my three year old however!

I'd say this is as good as any children's story book and does the job well for my own grand-child as part of her growing collection.
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VINE VOICEon 29 October 2012
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I have always adored mick inkpen and he has been a firm favourite in our home for many years, ive already read everything possible over the years to my older two children and am now enjoying reading them all again to my three year old. this book is not as indepth or as long as some but i have to say for a toddler aged child this is actually perfect.its sweet and full of all the usual emotions youd expect from his books along with the always gorgeous illustrations which although simple always pull you into the story. we follow zoe and her pet dog beans through their adventure of finding random animals in their garden , all very strange but trust me it makes sense in the end. i loved the modern use of zoe using google in the book as its brings stories to young children they feel they can connect with.
perfect to read to a toddler and perfect later on to read to themselves.
kids sotries dont get better than mick inkpen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2012
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This book is the fifth in a series about Zoe and her dog Beans, illustrated by Chloe Inkpen and co-written with her famous Dad Mick - and it is destined to become a childhood favourite alongside his well known classics such as Kipper, Wibbly Pig, Penguin Small etc.

This particular story is called Hello Oscar, and features a motley collection of animals who invade Zoe's garden, leading up to the arrival of a parrot who can only say "Hello Oscar" and the surprise introduction of the new next door neighbour who owns the menagerie. The illustrations are a true delight, and the script is used imaginatively too - such as the way Hello Zoe is spelt out across 2 pages. It is a great book for 3's and upwards to share at home or at school: plenty of humour and repeat phrases to join in with.

I can easily see this series on children's TV at a later date - so get in first and buy the hardback!
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VINE VOICEon 5 November 2012
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I'd not heard of the Zoe and Beans books before so this is the first one for me. My grandson is 3 and a bit and says he has seen these books in the library. He likes books that have pictures and a story, but wasn't interested in this one at all. I have to say that personally, I felt there was a lot of book and not much going on, on each page.

The story is about a load of animals that start appearing in Zoe's garden, including a parrot that Zoe thinks is calling her Oscar as it keeps saying "hello Oscar" until she finds out that the owner of all the pets is in fact the curly haired boy from next door who is called Oscar.

As a plus for the book, it does introduce children to different animals (a chameleon) and as Zoe wanted to feed the animals she had to find out about the chameleon so what did she do? She used the internet - ingenious.
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VINE VOICEon 29 October 2012
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The Zoe and Beans series are typically Inkpen. There's a charming wackiness to them which is tricky to define. Not too zany to be off-putting and just cute enough to keep the children engrossed. The first read is always a surprise - younger readers won't see what's coming and each page escalates the mild madness. Zoe is a typical young girl rolling through extremes of behaviour in just a few wonderfully drawn pages. Most of Inkpen's books rely on the white to draw out the text as much as the imagery and Hello Oscar is no exception.

Pricey, considering the pages are not particularly thick, however the cover is tough enough. It's a book that will see children through being read to as pre-schoolers to a luxury story being read to them as early school years children. An interesting story presented at high quality and easy to recommend.
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VINE VOICEon 26 November 2012
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I loved this book the minute I set eyes on it. Lovely, large, bright illustrations with appealing characters well-drawn.

The story is simple, but effective, introducing children to out of the ordinary pets and getting them familiar with more strangely spelt words.

For new-ish readers it is an introduction to funny English among lots of easier ones. Or just a s bedtime story with pictures it is ideal.

I recommend this to parents everywhere, especially this Christmas!
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VINE VOICEon 1 November 2012
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One of the most charming books that I have seen some a long time. The story is wonderful and the illustrations are sublime. Chloe and Mick Inkpen have made a great job of this book. The story is about Chloe and her dog Beans. They encounter a variety of animals in their garden and the trail leads them to a surprise.

Mick Inkpen's illustrations are excellent and the layout of the artwork and text flow beautifully. I don't think that you can fault any of the book.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2013
My two year old loves this book. She loves all the Zoe and Beans books and recognises all the characters and loves the style it's written. It's through these books she's learnt exclamation mark and question mark!
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VINE VOICEon 20 March 2013
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My four year old really enjoyed this - simple illustrations, simply story and very appealing. I expect he would also have liked it at a younger age. Perfect bedtime story material. Highly recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 11 November 2012
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Our children (now 2 and 4) have been big fans of Mick Inkpen's work in the past (for example the excellent Kipper's A to Z). This is the first time that'd come across the Zoe and Beans series of stories as written by a collaboration between Mick and his daughter Chloe. While the book retains the same charming visual appeal of Mick's other books and it does have some nice elements to it (such as the Google reference that others have mentioned), ultimately the story wasn't compelling enough to keep my kids interested. Sadly this has meant that the book hasn't been in demand from them and has been resigned to the bookshelf.
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