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Jun 13 2019

The coolest book in the whole wide world by Alley Bucci

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Illus. by Lauren Mullinder. Little Steps, 2019. ISBN: 9781925545951.
(Age: 7-9) Subjects: Creative writing, Imagination, Choose your own stories. The Coolest Book in the Whole Wide World encourages budding young writers to create their own stories. Beginning with a challenge to 'throw on your clever, creative underwear' there are plenty of opportunities to be imaginative. This choose your own style adventure allows the reader to fill in their own sentences and interact with the interesting characters, settings and plots.
Alley Bucci's stories include 'Grape the friendly alien', 'Millie the mermaid' and 'Sienna the super scientist' who each have stories to share. First we encounter the alien at the supermarket, choose a product to buy, read the rhyming story and provide an exciting conclusion. Henry the naughtiest boy in the world wraps trees in toilet paper, and runs amok at the zoo until the writer decides if he will still be cheeky or change his behaviour. What will happen next with Sienna the super scientist: another crazy, messy experiment?
Lauren Mullinder's wide-eyed characters add to the excitement of each tale. Her colourful digital images enhance the stories and actions. Alley Bucci's The Coolest Book in the World concludes with a 'Certificate of Awesomeness' for the author after they've completed their challenges and missions.
Rhyllis Bignell

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