Posts Tagged ‘Language’

Bumblebee, Grumblebee by David Elliot. Pub. Gecko Press, 2021

November 16, 2021 Comments off

This board book for pre school and juniors is a work of genius. Older children and adults will get as much enjoyment out of it as the youngsters.

Bumblebee becomes a Grumblebee when the string on his buzzy bee breaks. Pelican becomes a Smellican when he sits on the loo and Rhinoceros becomes a Crynoceros when he drops his icecream but what does turtle become with a hose in his hands. Check out this brilliant board book and find out.

The illustrations are brilliant, my favourite is the Smellican, and will entertain a junior for hours. They will want you to read it to them again and again.

The ending is superb.

Gecko Press have a habit of publishing works of genius there are loads of them on this blog.

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The Book of Not Entirely Useful Advice. spectacularly silly poems by A.F. Harrold. illus. Mini Grey. Pub Bloomsbury, 2020.

November 6, 2020 Comments off

Poetry is one o the best medium to illustrate how versatile language is and to show various situations for what they are from absurd to frightening.

The title suggests that the advice is not entirely useful but I found it very useful and have memorised a few lines to be used at the appropriate time.

Written in four sections with poems in rhyming couplets, in blank verse and both short and long but always showing how language can be used. Section 1is advice on food, ducks and dessert, Section 2 animals, giants and the natural world, Section 3 school life and general stuff and Section 4 the human condition. Some good stuff here.

My favourite is titled The Dangers of Rock and Roll and it goes like this:-

Don’t put a rock in a roll, unless you hate your teeth. And be careful when rolling rocks, in case you end up underneath.

Excellent illustrations that emphasise the madcap nature of the poetry.

One of the best [poetry books around for primary and intermediate students but even for older kids than that.

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