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Apr 13 2016

I went to the supermarket by Paul Howard

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Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN 9781408844700
(Ages: 3-6) This book is based on the popular memory game of the same name (I went to the supermarket and I bought... ) and shows a young boy and girl competing to remember everything they add to the shopping list. However, they don't buy chocolate, chips and chicken at the supermarket... they buy dancing aliens, fire-breathing dragons and fearsome Granny pirates. As happens in the real-life game, someone forgets an item and the game comes to an end (in this case with a mountain of jelly going SPLAT!).
The sparkly, fantastical cover featuring a boy with underpants on his head pushing a flamingo and a dragon in a shopping trolley will draw children in. The larger-than-life, crazy illustrations inside, packed with characters, colour and interesting and varied fonts, will keep them engaged. This will stimulate the imagination of young children, many of whom will love reading along and trying to remember everything on the shopping list. It might even become a favourite game for them to play themselves.
Nicole Nelson

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