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Nov 03 2011

Pip and Posy : the scary monster by Alex Scheffler

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Noisy Crow, 2011. ISBN 978 0 85763 031 5
(Age: Pre school) Picture book. A read aloud book for the young audience, this will make them quietly scared as a monster appears at the kitchen window while Posy makes cakes. Kids will love predicting what the monster might be and feel with Posy as she hides when the monster eventually comes into the house. She makes for her frog doll for comfort and hides behind the couch, only to find that the monster is Pip in disguise. They then take turns to don the costume.
Vibrant illustrations illuminate each page as the reader is introduced to the characters and their home. Many points of discussion will evolve from the book, from the earliest washing hands before touching food, to how friends play with each other to even cooking. The themes of the story that of bravery and being kind, taking turns and being friends can be the starter for many discussions in younger classrooms and groups. Perhaps some early learners classes will be able to make the cup cakes that Posy has made when the book is read to them. A lovely soft cover adds to the attractiveness of the book to younger readers.
Fran Knight

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