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Monkey and Me

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I’m think you may have got our Agency confused as there is no Darren or Cariller Cray working here! Jemma tells us that sharing the story also inspired her children to find out more about animals and create their own zoo:

I mentioned the ideas I'd had for this book--the chanting while clapping hands and then the guessing and then the acting out. I think it would have worked well--if I didn't have a bunch of newbies and no regulars!! The newer group didn't clap at all, but they did well in guessing, all right with the imitating. The second group did not consist of newbies, but they are always significantly smaller and either not responsive or a bit too exuberantly responsive. Such potential that unfortunately fell flat. Play ‘Monkey and me, monkey and me, monkey and me we went to see …’ Use the ideas from the story to finish the rhymes and maybe add some more of your own such as crocodiles or lions. The rhyme could be about your child’s favourite toy instead of Monkey. What actions would you add for these? Find out about animals Find out more Read about more books byEmily Gravett here Titles include: * Orange Pear Apple Bear * Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears * Blue Chameleon * The Odd Egg Dogs Meerkat Mail The Rabbit Problem Cave Baby Visit a zoo See here for some of the best zoos in the UK.

Emily Gravett has several good early Spanish picture books on the shelves today. This title, Mi mono y yo, is especially good for young readers/listeners. I would have liked some strong verbs to be used like jumping for the kangaroos and waddling for the penguins. This could still be repetitive but have a learning angle that would make purchasing it a better investment. Also in the end when the little girl falls asleep I would have preferred the last frame be her laying down for nap time. Then that would make this the perfect before nap or bed time read. We get our wiggles out then we lay down for sleep. Dahl masters yet another story here by finding new characters and new angles to approach. With another child protagonist (as attentive readers will see, many Dahl tales are narrated by children), the story progresses. The precocious narrator goes off to explore the world, alone. I noticed that there are rarely any parental figures found in Dahl's children's books, which was mentioned in a recent biography I read of the author. Billy is free to frolic and find his way, dashing off to an estate with three random animals, where they eventually clash with an armed robber. How interesting for a children's book to remove the 'adult flavour', at least parents, from the narrative and give complete control to a child seemingly the same age as the target audience. The story flows well and the characters work well together to forge a strong story and decent collection of morals and lessons that are threaded throughout. A little girl and her stuffed monkey pretend to be different animals... until they are a too sleepy to play any longer. Billy's biggest wish is to turn a weird old wooden house into a wonderful sweet shop. But then he finds a giraffe, a pelly and a monkey living inside - Now they're the Ladderless Window Cleaning Company! They become best friends, and now that they have a promising job to carrout out, there's a chance that Billy's scrumptious, galumptious dream just might come true...

It is with some regret that I sit down to write this correspondence. I understand your reluctance to read voluminous missives so I will keep this missive as unchunky as my e-pen allows.His first children's book was The Gremlins, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore. The book was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943. Dahl went on to create some of the best-loved children's stories of the 20th century, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.

Look for photographs of the animals in the story on the internet or in library books or maybe even go to a zoo to see some real animals! Take a toy on a tripThis has such fabulous storytime potential--for toddler and preschool. A good lap-read, too. Very repetitive in words, yes, but that word work well early readers, as well as getting the kids to chant along with you. You could get them to guess the next animal. And every time they see an animal, the kids could act out something (march like penguins, jump like kangaroos, etc.) Oh, it makes me so sad that I have to wait a few more months before my next storytime! Kudos, Mr. Dahl for all you have given us. You departed the world much too soon, but left a literary footprint that no one else will ever fill.

I found the drawings to be marvelous and worth owning this book for them alone! I love the sketchy vibe of the illustrations paired with the softness of watercolor or almost chalk like colors. I was a little disappointed in the text of the story. I don't mind repetitive or sing-song words but none of the words the child learns is of much worth.

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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors. When you have an outing together your child could choose a favourite toy to go too – just like the little girl in the story. Draw a picture

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