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You Choose! Paperback – 1 Jul 2004
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"What a clever book and yet such a simple idea . . . Each double page spread has a question answered by a myriad of witty suggestions drawn in Nick's wickedly perceptive style. Brilliant fun" (Carousel)
"A vast story-building kit that will appeal beyond Key Stage 1 thanks to Sharratt's funky images" (TES)
"Everyone's fantasies can be fulfilled" (Guardian)
"Great for make believe and encouraging imagination" (Practical Parenting)
"This book never becomes dull. The possibilities are endless" (Baby & You)
Winner of the Mumsnet 2011 Best Children's Book (3-4 years), this bright, interactive picture book is perfect for sharing.See all Product description
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You would be forgiven for wondering what the fuss is all about when you first receive this book... But my goodness, don't be fooled! My 3 and a half year old daughter is obsessed with this book. She loved it as soon as she saw it. It must be the novelty and power of being able to make up your own story each time and imagine and talk about the back story to each bit... It's not just the tower block by the sea that she is going to live in, 'it is that window there and that's our living room. You can live next door and this is what you can see. the woods are behind the house and that's where the tiger lives'. Brilliant book, buy it. Bought 'just imagine' for a 5 year old friend and an told that this is also a hit...
My little friend is remarkably consistent in her aspirations. She's going to be musician when she grows up. A musician who dabbles in the odd bit of hairdressing and modelling on the side. She wants to live in the penthouse suite of an apartment block somewhere in the heart of the city. Her parents ( a knight in shining armour and Cleopatra's body double) will live there too so she can look after them. It's going to be a spacious home this one. It's going to have to be really, what with the trampoline, the swimming pool and the grand piano it's going to have to accommodate effortlessly. Along with the merry-go-round. Did I mention that? She's going to need some mighty understanding neighbours, that's what I'm thinking. Especially given the additional presence in her flat of an elephant, a kangaroo and a dolphin. Although it would be quite a brave neighbour who goes round to complain, given that she always equips herself with a rather sharp-toothed little dinosaur as well, specifically so it will 'stop people stealing her merry-go-round'. And even if it's his night off, there's always that crocodile. She'll probably have the whole block of flats to herself I should think.
When you factor in a rather dazzling array of possible methods of transport, a choice of food that would have kept Henry the Eighth busy for a month, a potential wardrobe to rival Shirley Bassey (and whoever her male equivalent may be), the pick of Imelda Marcos' shoe collection and a page full of really rather fabulous hats, this book is absolutely perfect for stimulating the imagination of anyone who comes within ten yards of it. Male or female, any age whatsoever.
I'm going to be an astronaut and part-time painter and decorator when I grow up... how about you?
Each page gives choices as to the children's preferences for houses, food, transport, jobs, clothes etc. Once started children are quick to join in the discussion and a great deal of laughing ensues. The illustrations are clever, cololurful and inspiring but quite funny as well. Children think it hilarious that Grandma chooses Santa Claus as a husband or a tree house as her abode.
The illustrations also give rise to further discussions, i.e. forms of transport and healthy eating. Well recommended. You will not be disappointed.
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