Monday, 3 October 2011

Picture books for Roald Dahl Funny Prize (part 2)

Limelight Larry
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Limelight Larry by Larry Hodgkinson (3 out of 5)
We all know that peacocks like to show off right?  Well, Limelight Larry is no exception, and this book is all about him (or so he thinks).  However when all his cute animal friends make appearances in HIS book, Larry's share of the limelight is reduced, and HE IS NOT HAPPY about it. However, he discovers that you can't show off without an audience and learns an important lesson about sharing and all ends well.  The story is written in all sorts of wacky type which makes it more difficult for new readers to read for themselves, but great for adults to read aloud because all the IMPORTANT words and phrases are HIGHLIGHTED for emphasis!

First Week at Cow School
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First Week at Cow School by Andy Cutbill (4 out of 5)
This is a follow-on book to The Cow that Laid an Egg and The Best Cow in Show, in which Daisy starts school.  Daisy doesn't seem to be so good at the things that all the other cows are good at, and she starts to get a little deflated.  That is, until the chickens visit the head teacher and the curriculum changes overnight.  The tables are turned and Daisy excels whereas the other cows can only stand back and admire her talents.  Kids will find lots to laugh at in this book; who couldn't resist a snicker at cowpat training! It would be a great selection to celebrate difference and individuality.

The earlier post reviews

The final part will include

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