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Little Monster and the Spooky Party Paperback – 8 Sep 2016
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About the Author
Pippa Goodhart has had over 90 books published and is best known for her picture book You Choose and the Winnie the Witch storybooks. Pippa has been longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award, won the 2011 Mumsnet Children’s Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Young Telegraph Book of the Year award.
Nick Sharratt has illustrated over 250 books and written over 40 books of his own. He has worked with Julia Donaldson, Jeremy Strong, Michael Rosen, Giles Andreae, Kes Gray and most notably Dame Jacqueline Wilson. He was the official illustrator for World Book Day in 2006 and has a fellowship from Hereford College of Art. He has won many awards including the Children's Book Award and the Red House Children's Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
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Little Monster is enjoying a typical day in the house when a letter arrives, but this is no ordinary letter, it is actually an invitation to a party. This being Little Monster, the party is a spooky one with gruesome foods and harrowing games of hide and shriek. Worry not, as there are also loads of sweets and some normal hide and seek. Everyone is having fun, but who is that giant ghost?
‘‘Little Monster and the Spooky Party’’ by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart is a fun, typical lift the flap book for older babies, through to toddlers. At some point your baby will evolve from just staring blankly at a page to reaching forwards and stroking the pages. At this point you can start investing in something like ‘‘Spooky Party’’ as it is packed with loads of fun flaps for them to look behind. Yes, at this point they may not know exactly what is going on, but they will enjoy it nonetheless.
For a slightly older child the spooky party is vibrant and fun. The illustrations are very colourful and soften any fear that a child may have. Yes there are ghosts, skeletons, witches and even a Frankenstein’s Monster, but when they are smiling as broadly as they are here, most children will see them as something to befriend, rather than fear. Many of the monsters are hidden behind the flaps and it is great fun to find them. Some of the flaps also have you hunting for items; do you want to snails or candy to eat?
It is surprising how often the sturdiness of a children’s book is important when considering whether to buy it or not. This is especially the case with a lift the flap book; flimsy flaps flaunt fast failure. Therefore, it is important that the flaps are attached well and this is the case here. Indeed the flaps are stuck into the book after printing to assure that they are sturdier than just being cut into the pages.
The only real negative for ‘‘Spooky Party’’ is the sheer simplicity of the book. It is squarely aimed at the younger end of the market as the story is very light and there is not much to do other than lift the flaps. There is no extra sense of play as seen in something like Sharratt’s own , a flap book that also had plenty of silly surprises. However, for a two year old looking forward to Halloween this is a book that will entertain them up to and on the big day. With its study flaps it may also last for a few more years too.
Wonderful rhymes and bold illustrations make this book a tantalising treat for tiny tots. A real cloud pleaser which will delight and entertain.