As with her other books, A Spooky Tale, A Walk With Our Teacher is beautifully laid out, with lots of wonderful, colourful and funny illustrations. The acknowledgements credit Ms Wickstead's class of '95 who helped to write this story. For Shaun who drew the storyboard, and "Tina who was not feeling well, but is better now".
There is a map at the front of the book showing the teacher's intended route with the heading: A walk with our teacher. What could possibly go wrong? On the next page the children declare they don't want to go on the walk, and that's when I knew this book would appeal to my sense of humour. Children can come up with the most original and imaginative reasons for not doing something.
The children in this story don't want to go on the walk, and use the excuse that they don't feel well - obviously inspired by Tina. Each page thereafter is filled with comical imagined events which make the children feel more unwell, until they finally return to school, where, miraculously, they all feel much better. All that is, apart from the poor teacher who has to go home because she is sick!
This book is perfect for younger readers who will be entertained by the humorous events involving amongst other things: a dragon, a crocodile, insects, a bear, a wolf, and even green aliens! Although, despite the title, the book is not in the least scary.
A Spooky Tale is a wonderful little children's book which would be easy to read with your young book lovers. Full of colourful illustrations and a map that the children can follow along with the flow of the story it is a fun story for all year, but especially at Halloween. Teacher decides to take the children in her class out on a walk, but they don't really want to go. On their travels they meet all manner of creatures and face all kinds of spooky adventures, until they make it back to the safety of their class.
The book is perfect for younger children and I think they will be excited to read what happens next as each page turn brings something new to the story, witches, dragons, crocodiles and rivers. You get a little bit of everything but in a fun and not scary way.
I read this with my 2 youngest children who are 6 and 2, they both equally enjoyed it. They wanted to turn the page to see what was next and which creature it was going to be.
My daughter read it on her own , she is 8 in a few days. Her feedback was that she especially loved the maps and she thought it was ‘impressive’ in her own words.
I absolutely loved the colour throughout the book and not just on the cover. The illustrations were what I would expect to see in a published book, professionally drawn. The story was fantastic because straight away all children can relate to the book in terms of having s teacher. The repeated calls helps children to understand what is happening throughout the book and from a reading aspect the repetitiveness can help familiarise those words for the children. These factors are why it has to have ‘5 stars.
Really well-designed. Nice layout, good font choice and nice text treatment. I LOVE the personalities displayed on this cover. Each face has so much expression. The spooky shadows on the wall are also fantastic, and they frame the title very nicely.
I love just about any book that starts with a map. I've always been keen on minute details in children's books, so I love poring over a well-drawn map.
Carrying on, the artwork throughout this book is fantastic. I love the style, and I'm so impressed with the way the artist captured the author's vision. Each monster is adorable (if that's the right word) and hilarious, and every page is just packed with fun. The art really tells the story all on its own - which is quite impressive.
I hate to say this, but the text almost takes a back-seat to the artwork. That's not to say that the story isn't fun in and of itself - because it is! This is a simple, rhythmic story that makes for a very good read-aloud book.
I highly recommend this and other books by Sue Wickstead.
An ideal picture book for Halloween with lots to see and talk about as the children go on a spooky walk with their teacher. The bright illustrations are captivating and it is a lovely book to read to the kids.
This is tale will really entertain young children as it has the repetitive element that children love and lets you follow a map showing where the school children go on their outing with their teacher. The illustrations are marvellous and the story-line amusing and inventive. This book is bound to be a crowd-pleaser.