Sunday, 25 September 2011

Picture Books for Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011 (part 1)

"Yo, ho, ho and a carton of cream!"


It is possibly my favourite quote from a children's picture book this year.  The book in question is Cats Ahoy! one of 6 books nominated for The Funniest book for Children Aged Six and Under in the Booktrust's Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011.  This is the first post of 3 in which I review the nominated titles.




Cats Ahoy!
Cover image from GoodReads


Cats Ahoy! by Peter Bently (5 out of 5)
In a world where cats are pirates and fish their bounty, the cats have a whale of a time securing a prize catch under the leadership of the charismatic feline, Captain Alphonso.  The rhyming text is witty and will entertain adults as much as children (something I'm always looking for in a Storytime read-a-loud). This would be excellent reading choice as part of a pirate theme.



Bedtime for Monsters
Cover image from GoodReads

Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere [spoiler alert] (3 out of 5)

There is a familar feel about this storyline with the immanent arrival of monsters ready to eat you up, but finishing instead with a big kiss.  The images are great and the colours beautiful, but it's possibly not one for sensitive children. That said, it would be a good choice for a Halloween story time, beating ghouls, ghosts and exotic pumpkins (shame there aren't more books featuring the native *neep!).




The other nominees will be covered in the forthcoming weeks.
Limelight Larry by Larry Hodgkinson
First Week at Cow School by Andy Cutbill
A Place to Call Home by Alexis Deacon and
Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School by David Mackintosh.


*turnip/swede - Read about neeps in the Scots pages of Wikipedia (no, I didn't know they existed either).  If you can understand the article, perhaps you'd send me a translation! Also the potential for an international brassica-based diplomatic incident in the Guardian's food blog together with the ensuing debate.

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