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A scary ending, what a shame
on 8 July 2007
My poor 14 month old daughter had some bad experiences with Rod Campbell's books recently. She generally adores them and we are building quite a collection as a result. Unfortunately this and the "I'm not scary" book reduced her to tears.
There are lovely illustrations, very simple poetry, and a range of ways to interact (lift the flaps, push-pull the bird, feel various textures). It all goes swimmingly until the last page where the lion wants to eat "YOU" and there is a clever pop out with gnashing teeth. This caused my little one to go red in the face, cry and crawl away at top speed.
I have given this 2 stars as she is gradually coming round to the book and will watch me turn the pages from a distance now (unlike the "I'm not scary" book which sends her scuttling off every time). I would hasten to add that my daughter loves pop-ups of houses, teddys, flowers etc and is quite an adventurous tot who is not worried by real animals. The gnashing teeth were too much though.