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One of my favourite KIPPER stories
on 20 September 2010
Review for the 2008/Hodder Children's Books edition.
KIPPER comes of age - 18 years - believe it or not - with this super new story, from Mick Inkpen, which introduces a couple of new characters.
From the back cover:
'A little squeaky mouse comes running across the page and hides himself inside the 'foldy bit' in the middle of the book.
Will the cat find him?
Not if Kipper can help it.'
Measuring in at around 22.75 cm x 25.25 cm, a simple but appealing paperback cover opens to 32 high quality shiny pages, presented in 2-page spread format.
Example of text:
'Kipper was sitting on the first page of this book, wondering what sort of a book it would turn out to be, when a little squeaky mouse came running across the page.
'Are you in this story?' said Kipper.
But the little squeaky mouse said nothing. It ran straight across the page and disappeared into the foldy bit in the middle of the book...', as a nonchalant Kipper looks on, on the right-hand page!
And so the story continues with text on one page, enhanced in places for effect, along with the odd speech bubble to join in with.
The main picture is on the other page but, occasionally, meanders across the two, for one reason or another!
KIPPER'S Toybox makes an appearance, along with some of the usual occupants, such as 'Big Owl' and 'Sock Thing'...and 'Big Hill' features, so regular KIPPER fans have a follow-through theme to recognise, resulting in the whole 'Kipper Collection' generally getting an airing!
Great for reading out loud, with the opportunity to act out the more challenging aspects, such as 'waggled his bottom', which usually ends in fits of laughter, even though the adult members try hard not to as the youngest try to partake!
The seemingly simple Inkpen artwork is detailed enough to offer great scope for drawing and colouring-in the characters, in class extension exercises.
A bit of counting is included...and who would like to get their tongues around the word 'ridiculous'...maybe even hazard an attempt at spelling it?
This story has proved to be tremendously popular since its arrival this term, not just because of the unusual theme, but that aforementioned opportunity as a narrator to be...a little squeaky...and a little...well...sneaky...as this unusual story unwinds!
Can't say too much or I may spoil it!