Monday, 31 July 2017

Review: 'Don't Wake The Tiger' by Carles Ballesteros

It's been a while since I've done a bookish post, but that doesn't mean we're not reading. Eleanor is as voracious a bookworm as ever, and Ezra has at last hit that lovely stage where he will walk up to me, book in hand, and plonk himself on my knee. I remember getting so annoyed with rereading the same book over and over with Eleanor, but having seen the results I'm loving this stage now. And it's easier than dragging him off the back of the sofa.



Our latest trip to the library turned up this little gem of a book, and it's one Ezra has become very fond of very quickly. Credit actually goes to Eleanor for finding it - that girl has a good eye for books. Rainbow Magic obsession aside.



It's a simple yet ingenious book - the sliding image trick has Ezra transfixed! The listener takes on the persona of a monkey trying not to wake the other animals, but with every turn of the page ...


I really cannot say enough good things about this book. It's pitched perfectly for very little ones - the right level of repetition in the text, fabulous bold and funky illustrations, and the wow factor of the changing faces. Ezra will turn the pages over and over to see the face change.


And actually, bigger ones seem to enjoy the trick too ...


It took me a few readings to get the tone right. At first, I read it as if the monkey was scared of the other animals, but Ezra took it a bit too seriously and started to get anxious (the worried 'ooh's I got were rather cute though). So I switched to a more jokey tone - more like 'oh no, what have you done now?' and exaggerated the need to be quiet. He's even started putting his finger to his lips and shushing as I read!

As you can probably tell I absolutely love this book and will be looking out for it in bookshops! Eleanor has even suggested there should be a whole series, with farmyard, sea and North Pole versions!!

I'm linking up with #ReadWithMe hosted by Mama Mummy Mum.


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8 comments:

  1. Oh this looks great and fab that you've made good use of expression whilst reading, a great tool/skill for kids to learn. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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    1. Oh I love a bit of expression! It's the frustrated drama graduate in me!! #readwithme

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  2. This sounds like a lovely book - and I'm very impressed that a library book with a face-changing mechanism has survived destruction from previous toddler readers!

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    1. Well it appears to have only arrived at the library in January ... and we may have to do a bit of repair work to it before we send it back! Eep!

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  3. You write so well so I could picture your reading scene. Love the bright illustrations and the slider thing -- hope it is sturdy as will be used a lot methinks

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    1. Ahh that's such a lovely comment, thank you! It is showing signs of wear but bearing up surprisingly well with a LOT of readings!!

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  4. Oh I love the look of this one, my 2yo would love it! #readwithme

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    1. I really love it, and I've discovered there are other books in the series so may have to treat my little boy to his own copy!!

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