Many brave warriors have had to journey to strange lands to prove themselves and we have read their stories. Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex bring us an epic origin story of three foes. These foes searched far and wide to find the warrior fierce enough to beat them in combat. This talented author and illustrator team have come together to tell The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors.
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors follows Rock, Paper and Scissors in their search for awesomeness. What they really desire though is to find a warrior who is able to beat them, a warrior that can make them feel worthy. From the Kingdom of Backgarden, the Empire of Mum’s Study and the Kitchen Realm, Rock, Paper and Scissors battle many warriors but it is only when they meet each other that they truly find a worthy opponent.
This is one of the funniest picture books I’ve read in ages. It’s an epic story worthy of Hollywood and you can’t help but read it in a movie trailer voice. It’s the sort of book that kids will beg you to read again and again, and you will be only to happy to do so.
Rock, Paper and Scissors each have a distinctive personality that comes alive, both in the text and the illustrations. Each character in the book has a different font for their voice – Rock’s is blocky, Paper’s is swirly and Scissors’ is pointy. Adam Rex’s illustrations are fantastic! The colours he uses make the illustrations jump off the page, especially during the battle scenes. You can see the power and emotion of each showdown. The rockets firing and volcanoes erupting in the background just add to the awesomeness of the battle.
You will never look at the game of Rock, Paper, Scissors the same again. Each time you play you will remember the fierce battles that were raged in order for your showdown to happen. Grab a copy of The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors from your library or bookshop now and witness the rise of legends.
There are many different book versions of Old MacDonald but you haven’t read one like this before. Old MacDonald Heard a Fart is the stinkiest, funniest version of the song you’ve ever heard.
As the title suggests this book is full of farts. All of the usual animals on Old MacDonald’s farm are here but they’ve all got a serious case of wind. Each animal makes a very distinct fart noise and Old MacDonald demonstrates how to make the sounds on each page.
Old MacDonald Heard a Fart is a picture book that is guaranteed to make kids laugh out loud. I’ve read and sung it to the 5 and 6 year olds at my school and they were laughing the whole time. They left the library making farting noises and I’m sure they went home to tell their parents all about it. I am sure that this book will never stay on the shelf because the kids will be reading it again and again. Olaf Falafel is going to have the Old MacDonald tune stuck on repeat in the heads of kids and adults.
It is Olaf Falafel’s illustrations that really make this book stand out for me. They look quite similar to Axel Scheffler’s illustrations as he gives each of the animals some real personality. The pig wears a tutu, the cow wears a Hawaiian shirt and the duck wears a boater hat. The illustrations of Old MacDonald’s face at the bottom of the page are really helpful to figure out how to make the fart noises, especially when the kids want to make the noises.
Laugh and fart along with your kids as you read Old MacDonald Heard a Fart. Later in the year you also have the festive Father Christmas Heard a Fart to look forward to.
A book that makes you laugh every time you read it is a sure sign of a great book. The first time I read My Pictures After the Storm, the latest ‘curiously good’ book from Gecko Press, I was laughing the whole way through because I didn’t know what to expect. Now, every time I read it I know what is coming and it is just as funny.
My Pictures After the Storm is a stand-out book and my favourite book at the moment. I want to show it to everyone I see and I am desperate to show it to all the kids at school after the holidays. It features a series of before and after illustrations that are incredibly clever and absolutely hilarious. Eric Veille shows us the changes to his pictures after the storm, after a cannonball, after the hairdresser and much more.
The text is sparse but the language that Eric uses is rich. On the My Pictures after the hairdresser page for example the lion-tamer goes from being ‘a lion-tamer unconcerned’ to ‘a lion-tamer nicely permed.’ A cake after the elephant turns into a splitch and an octopus becomes a splatch. One of my favourite pages is ‘My pictures after a cold,’ because you have to say the names of the fruit and vegetables like you have a cold.
Eric’s illustrations are what makes this book so brilliant. They are full of humour and expression. It is so much fun to compare the before and after pictures to see what has happened to everything on the page. Each of the scenes is something that kids and adult will be able to relate to, from having lunch and going swimming to having a battle and eating too many potato chips.
My Pictures After the Storm is a book that kids will beg to read again and again and adults will be happy to do so. It’s a book that will have you laughing together and noticing new things on the page each time you read. It is sure to engage even older children who will appreciate the clever illustrations and humour.
Beck and Matt Stanton are creators of books that drive kids crazy. Their previous picture books, This is a Ball and Did You Take the B from my _ook? have been hits with kids, even if they do make them go a little crazy. Their latest picture book is The Red Book and it is absolutely hilarious! It is my favourite book to read aloud at the moment.
Even before you open the book you know that it is going to be funny just by reading the instructions for grown-ups on the back:
For the Grown-Ups:
Okay, Big Wig.
We have a challenge for you.
It’s your job to convince the nearest kid that everything in this book is actually red.
And we mean everything.
It will not be easy! They will try to persuade you that things are not as red as you say, but you will stay strong!
And the kids will love it!
The Red Book is fantastic, interactive picture book that will both infuriate kids and have them rolling on the floor laughing. I’ve been reading this book to the Year 1 and 2 kids at my school over the last couple of days and they absolutely love it! As soon as you show them the cover and read the title they start arguing with you and yelling ‘No!’ because the cover of the book is purple (or so they keep telling you).
The first page gets the kids on board with you, making sure that they agree about the colours on the page. When you turn the page though you tell them that they are all wrong and that everything is red. It’s your job to try and convince the kids that everything in the book is red, but they won’t have a bar of it, because they can see that Fergus the Frog and Rose the Penguin aren’t red. The kids get more and more frustrated and you (as the reader) eventually snap and tell them that you’re the grown-up and what you say goes. By the end of the book though you will convince them that this book is red.
The text is perfect for this interactive book and really gets everyone involved in the story. The kids can’t help but join in and argue with you because what you are saying is so silly. If you’ve got kids who loved The Book with No Pictures (who doesn’t love that book!) or Do Not Open This Book then they’ll love this one. The illustrations are simple but bold and really stand out on the plain white background.
Get The Red Book for your home or school library now and drive your kids crazy!
Children have been growing up with Lucy Cousins’ illustrations for many years now. Her bold illustrations are very distinctive and you certainly can’t miss them. Children have gone on adventures with Maisy, been captivated by her fairy tale retellings, and discovered all sorts of beautiful fish. In Lucy’s latest book, Hooray for Birds, children will fall in love with birds.
Children will find themselves becoming birds of all kinds as they wake up shouting “Cock-a-doodle-doo!” like a rooster, pecking like a woodpecker, and standing tall on just one leg like a flamingo. They will hop, swim and swoop their way through the book until, worn out from all the excitement, they cuddle up close with Mama in their nest.
Hooray for Birds is a bright, busy, noisy book that will make children flap their wings with delight. It’s a delightful picture book that adults will be only too happy to read again and again. Lucy encourages children to join in with the birds and flap, sing and waddle along with these colourful creatures. I love Lucy’s illustration style and it really appeals to young children especially. One of my favourite aspects of Hooray for Birds are the gorgeous endpapers which are covered with birds.
I think this would be a great book for teachers to incorporate in to the classroom as I can see lots of ways to extend the story across the curriculum. Lucy uses lots of wonderful descriptive language for the different actions of the birds, so this could be worked in to the English curriculum. The book could be part of a drama lesson where the children are acting as the different birds. Children could create colourful birds of their own as part of an art lesson. There are so many opportunities to extend the fun of this book.
Hooray for Birds is a delight to share and I’m sure it will be a favourite with the younger children in your life.
Dave, the lovable caveman from Frann Preston-Gannon’s brilliant picture book, Dave’s Cave, is back again. This time there is a bit of competition between Dave and his friend Jon.
Dave’s Rock is about two cavemen and their love for rocks. Dave loves his rock and so does Jon. They both think that their rock is bigger, taller and faster. They realise though that they can make both of their rocks better. The competition between Dave and Jon makes this a thoroughly entertaining read.
I absolutely loved Dave’s Cave and Dave’s Rock is just as good. The simple text and illustrations work so well which makes it such a great book to share one-on-one or with a group. You can’t help but read the story just like a caveman. The bright green cover, with Dave hugging his rock, jumps off the shelf and makes kids want to pick it up and see what’s inside.
The thing that I love the most about Frann’s books about Dave is that they have such a wide appeal. Younger children will love Dave for his silly antics and the mistakes that he makes and older children will appreciate the way that Frann tells the story in caveman talk. They are books that adults will enjoy just as much as the kids and won’t mind reading over and over again.
Add Dave’s Cave and Dave’s Rock to your collection now for guaranteed laughs.