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King Kong
King Kong
by Anthony Browne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic retelling, 19 Feb. 2007
This review is from: King Kong (Paperback)
This was the book that got my seven year old boy reading - I mean really reading, can't put the book down, torch under the bedcovers, read it from cover to cover again and again reading. It helped that he had seen the film, but that in itself would not have been enough.

What makes this so special? Anyone who knows Anthony Browne will expect the fabulous quality of the illustrations. While the book follows the film closely, the images are unmistably Browne - perhaps not that unexpected that the creator of Gorilla and Willy should tackle the greatest ape of all.

And the text does not compromise the story or patronise younger readers. This is no simple picture book, but a well told, exciting adventure story, as gripping as the original.

All in a all an excellent offering, highly recommended.

Hutchinson Treasury Of Children's Poetry
Hutchinson Treasury Of Children's Poetry
by Alison Sage
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding collection that grows with your child, 16 Feb. 2007
We have had this Treasury (and a treasury it is!) for many years now and it continues to be a favourite of our two children. The range of poems is wonderful, from nursery rhymes to poems "For older children" and an excellent selection of classics.

The children read it for pleasure and have used it on countless occasions for homework. They have discovered and continue to discover new wonders every time as well as returning to old favourites. The joy of it lies in the variety and the way in which no one age or medium is presented at the cost of another.

I would recommend this book without hesitation!

Strange Stories for Strange Kids (Little lit)
Strange Stories for Strange Kids (Little lit)
by Art Spiegelman
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps my kid is strange..., 16 Dec. 2006
This was the first Little Lit book we bought. It has been a continuing delight to my eight year old for over a year now. He loves the surreal stories and is fascinated by the different cartoon styles. Both have inspired him to make his own creative ventures into the world of weird cartoons.

Robin of Sherwood
Robin of Sherwood
by Michael Morpurgo
Edition: Audio Cassette

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully told and narrated, 14 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Robin of Sherwood (Audio Cassette)
This is a beautiful retelling of the Robin Hood legends, skillfully blending myth with historical realism. The urgency of the story is increased for children by the device of framing the legend with the story of a modern boy, who finds ancient relics of Robin himself.
What makes this recorded version particularly special is the reading, by Morpurgo himself. Not all authors are the best readers of their own work, but in this case it is hard to imagine a more vital, vivid and moving narration. My children were moved to tears by the death of Robin, a tribute to a great legend, a wonderful retelling and an outstanding presentation.

Stop the Watch: A Book of Everyday, Ordinary, Anybody Olympics (Klutz)
Stop the Watch: A Book of Everyday, Ordinary, Anybody Olympics (Klutz)
by Klutz Press
Edition: Paperback

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious fun!, 2 Dec. 2003
This is not a book for parents who value a quiet life, but it has certainly provided our family with hours of hilarity. The concept is simple. The book comes with a stopwatch. Ever page contains a challenge - either a task to perform in an allocated time or a record to break, whether it's under bed crawling, or drawing a recognisable gorilla.
The tasks challenges range from mathematical to extremely rowdy. My only quibble would be that the book is a direct American import, with some references that children in the UK will find obscure. However it only takes a little parental guidance to come up with a suitable equivalent and they're off again.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a shame it's so difficult to find, 2 Dec. 2003
I bought copies for my then 7 yr old daughter and one of her friends about a year ago. What a fantastic book it is! Every page is made to be used, to be stuck, torn, painted, traced and otherwise re-created. The copper cover can be stamped and turned into jewelry.
I don't believe I have ever seen a craft type book which has been so popular and been used so much. It is available in the US (where I bought it). I only wish it would become as easily available in the uk too!

The Spider's Palace (Puffin Books)
The Spider's Palace (Puffin Books)
by Richard Hughes
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surreal and wildly entertaining, 1 Oct. 2003
I loved these stories as a child and was so happy to find a copy for my children, my aging Puffin having long since disintegrated. This is a work of real originality. At their best the stories are wildly entertaining, their content absurd and even surreal.
Who could resist the story of The King's Legs inn (started in competition with the King's Arms and the Kings Head). Or the child who travels down the telephone wires to visit her friends and the bizarre consequences of her dialing a wrong number. Or "The China Spaniel" in which the whole world ends up chanting "Pink and green silver paper toffee paper" (beware of reading this one at bed time!)
I was pleased to find that my children don't seem to find them dated and are as amused by them as I was. They even remember bits and quote them to each other and their friends.
There are one or two stories, "As they were driving" is perhaps the most obvious example, where the absurdity is so extreme that the appeal is lost, so it's probably wise to choose carefully where you start.
However on the whole this remains an excellent and truly original collection

The Brownie Annual 2004
The Brownie Annual 2004

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Brownies, 1 Oct. 2003
The people who created and compiled this annual really know their market. It's not a great work of literature or particularly original, but it's perfect for it's target audience and very professionally produced, hence the five star rating.
Our resident eight year old Brownie has had it by her bedside since we bought it. She dips in and out of it, coming up with interesting facts, recipes that she wants to try, snippets of information about this and that. Like the Brownies it's all very wholesome, and, yes, as a parent I do value that. What I also value is that the content has substance and is genuinely interesting, entertaining and informative.
I would recommend it to Brownies unreservedly.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?
by Lauren Child
Edition: Paperback

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another hilarious offering from Lauren Child, 19 Sept. 2003
My children insisted on buying this book to add to their fast growing library of Lauren Child's work. All the anarchic hilarity and wonderful artwork we have come to expect is here, in a wonderful story of a child entering a world of muddled fairy tales.
I have to say that from an adult point of view, the book is, perhaps, a little too similar to some of her earlier work, particularly Beware of Story Book Wolves. Some of this is deliberate - the Little Wolf appears, still dressed for Cinderella's ball. But overall, we found this title perhaps less original. If this had been our first Lauren Child book, we would probably have been more unreservedly charmed.
The children, however, love it, which is the important thing!

Finn Family Moomintroll (Puffin Books)
Finn Family Moomintroll (Puffin Books)
by Tove Jansson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

81 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great pleasure!, 12 Sept. 2003
As a child I loved the moomins and read all the books. Finn Family Moomintroll was the first I read and has always held a special place in my canon of favourite children's books.
What a pleasure then, to read it to my children now. The book has lost none of its charm and the children love it. A magic hat, clouds that you can fly on, adventures at sea, a house that turns into a jungle, what child could resist these enchantments?
But the real impact of the book lies in the characters. Although not the first in the series, this book provides perhaps the best introduction to the charming Moomintroll and his family, to the fiercely independent Snufkin, the bashful Snork Maiden, the logical Snork, the every-child Sniff and their friends.
The book was written before Tove Jansson moved into the rather darker mood that characterises some of the later moomin books, and the warmth, simplicity, kindliness and love for the character and their surroundings that characterise Finn Family Moomintroll make it ideal for younger readers and a great pleasure for their parents!

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