Monday, 23 October 2017

Open very carefully, a book with bite!

gaslighthouse.blogspot.com Open Very Carefully A book with bite Nicola O'Byrne Nick Bromley"Open very carefully, a book with bite!" by Nicola O'Byrne and Nick Bromley. M got this book as a present from school one Christmas, couldn't remember if that was preschool or later. I loved this book the first time I read it to M. It's one of those books, again, that you'd wish you wrote them yourself. I'm not sure if it's very original (I haven't read many children's picture books to know) but it's so much fun and exciting with its very jerky central character and you have to literally move the book to read it. My two year old also loves this book now and as he loves that crocodile toy (a free soft toy once when we'd bought stuff from Lego, it's of such good quality), I thought I'd pair the book with it whenever I read it to H.

Basically, the book is supposed to be "The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Andersen but the story immediately takes a drastic turn because of an intrusive character: a crocodile! So the ugly duckling is forgotten and now we are chasing a crocodile who loves to eat letters Os and Ss, and eventually, words and sentences.

gaslighthouse.blogspot.com Open Very Carefully A book with bite Nicola O'Byrne Nick Bromley
We are told to rock the book backwards and forwards, and it works, the crocodile falls asleep.

Whilst asleep, we get to be the naughty ones and are told to draw on him. 
gaslighthouse.blogspot.com Open Very Carefully A book with bite Nicola O'Byrne Nick Bromley

So a bow, tutu and ballet shoes are drawn on the crocodile and with these, he doesn't look so scary anymore!

But all that drawing has woken him up and he doesn't look very happy. 

It seems the crocodile's had enough of the book, and he's going to make a run for it but ouch, it doesn't seem so easy to get out of a book. 

A bit of shaking might make him fall out of the book.
gaslighthouse.blogspot.com Open Very Carefully A book with bite Nicola O'Byrne Nick Bromley

It doesn't work and the sly crocodile's worked out what to do.

He munches his way out his way out of the book and we are left with a hole, wondering where he's gone.
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Such a sweet and fun book, thank you so much to Ms O'Byrne and Mr. Bromley who created it!


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