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Superworm Hardcover – 6 Sep 2012
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Praise for A GOLD STAR FOR ZOGA NEW YORK TIMES Notable Children's Book of 2012"Donaldson, the current children's laureate in Britain, is a master of witty comic rhyme and original stories with heart. Here she and Scheffler outdo themselves with the smart, funny -- dare I say, deep? -- story of a dragon in training, a princess who wants to be a doctor and a knight who could use a bit of rescuing. The book gets a gold star too." -- NEW YORK TIMES"A delightful new twist on happily-ever-after." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNALPraise for TABBY MCTAT, THE MUSICAL CAT"A surprising and fun read.... [Scheffler's] bright-eyed, warmhearted characterizations make this a wonderful testimony to the ties that bind." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY"The team behind ROOM ON THE BROOM pair up again in what has become a near-annual ritual of picture book perfection.... Impeccable rhythm and rhyme distinguish this particular tale, filled, as always, with Donaldson's exemplary humor and heart." -- NEW YORK TIMES"A fun frolic about musical duos who aren't quite the same without each other. Like their trademark tune, it all ends 'PURRRR-fectly'." -- BOOKLISTPraise for STICK MAN* "Donaldson and Scheffler's poignant, suspenseful profile of an inanimate object recalls Laurie Keller or THE VELVETINE RABBIT. Donaldson's rhymes never skip a beat, and Scheffler personalizes the many animals, people and settings in his witty watercolors. This yarn could become a December perennial." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review* "Scheffler's engaging illustrations, Donaldson's irresistible rhyming text and repeated refrains make this a winning read-aloud that will stick around long after the holiday season." --KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Julia Donaldson is currently being honored as the UK Children's Laureate, and has written many bestselling and beloved picture books and novels for young readers. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Malcolm. Axel Scheffler's award-winning books include ROOM ON THE BROOM, THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE, and THE GRUFFALO. His illustrations have been published in more than thirty countries. He lives in London, England. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Alex Schefflers artwork is beautiful complements the stories perfectly. The same characters often pop up in different books, whether it be the Gruffalo Child’s stick man in his own story or simply a squirrel and a frog. This helps my son who is fifteen months old develop his own narrative. He does not understand the words I am reading but gets plenty from the rhythm and my intonation whilst building his own story and understanding from the pictures, he is always pointing different characters out to me or finding them when I ask where they are. He loves books and I think that these books enhance a joy of reading and learning. He brings the books to me time and time again.
The verses in Supeworm are simple and short, making it great for younger toddlers and moments when attention spans are low. The images of everyday garden insects are great allowing children to recognise them if they have seen them outdoors before. My little boy loves pointing out the spiders in their webs and has even noticed some that I didn't see.
Superworm is an odd little hero but hero he is, he saves lots of his friends by contorting himself into various positions, before he finds himself in peril at the hands of Wizard Lizard, will he become lunch for a crow?
As always Julia Donaldson's rhyming story is a pleasure to read and one that lends itself to reading aloud and being learned by heart. My children very quickly started to join in with the chants of Superworm and my five year old soon started to recite the words along with my reading.
Scheffler's illustrations are of their usual high standard, we love that you can spot other characters from the Donaldson/Scheffler canon amidst the pages. Can you find the Gruffalo? Superworm is a must for all Julia Donaldson fans, it really is a lovely story about the power of friendship.
We read this book for our son during bedtime reading, and like every other book, the familiarity of the animal characters lends a welcome buzz to see what is in store in this latest work. We're big fans of Julia Donaldson rhyming stories and Axel Scheffler's wonderful illustrations. This new addition to their growing library of work like their previous collaborations has produced a thoroughly entertaining read.
The colourful illustrations entice the reader and each time we come to see these wonderful pages, there is something new we missed last time, a bug doing something on a leaf, or thinking of what the another creature is saying that has his mouth open. All fun stuff to make your child think and be engaged in the story. Good stuff indeed.
I have read around a dozen of her books to my grandchildren and I never cease to be surprised by the huge variety of her rhyming and text.
I just prefer Tabby McTat and the Snail and the Whale. Superworm seems a to have a couple of contrived sounding rhymes in places: something which Donaldson is usually much better at avoiding. Axel Scheffler's illustrations are an absolute treat though, as usual.
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