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How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth
Michelle Robinson

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9780857075796

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth is a warm and funny story about a small girl's attempts to wash her enormous woolly mammoth. It is told as a step-by-step guide through a series of textual instructions whose illustrations underscore the reality that washing a mammoth is never going to be an easy task.... The author Michelle Robinson has cited the internet story, 'how to give a cat a pill', as inspiration for her story, which also adopts a guide-like approach with increasingly unpredictable outcomes; although when your lead character is a woolly mammoth, nothing is going to be that predictable... Will it be a crane, or cake, that entices the mammoth into the bath? What happens when the mammoth decides to climb a tree? How useful are trampolines for getting mammoths out of trees? - just some of the unexpected scenarios readers will enjoy. Through the clever and entertaining illustrations by Kate Hindley, we see the girl's relationship with the mammoth as a patient and kindly one - despite all mammoth's attempts to evade the bath she perseveres and, eventually, succeeds in delivering a clean and happy mammoth. This is a strong story to share at Reception, encouraging children to understand the interplay between the words and the pictures, while at KS1 the book can inspire children to explore written instructions, for example recipes or building a toy model. Children could discuss or write their own 'step by step' guide to having a bath or making a cake etc and have fun suggesting what the actual outcomes could be.... Picture book format / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by ReadingZone

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth
Bang!
Leo Timmers

ISBN 9781877579189

BANG offers a joyful and colourful approach to sequencing events and is told almost entirely through images, featuring just one word, 'Bang', which becomes a regular refrain through the story. The story begins when one car crashes into a dustbin and a series of car crashes follows as each car and its careless driver manages to bang into the crashed car in front. What brings humour to the story is the consequences of each crash and what happens to the contents and inhabitants of each car. Suddenly a giraffe is up to her neck in car tyres; baby bunnies are happily thrown into a cart of fruit, which they love; a fisherman's catch ends up in the mouth of a hungry croc, and a catch of irrepressible chicks help us predict each of the crashes to come. It all ends in a gloriously colourful 'bang' when a cart full of paint also crashes into the line of crashed cars and everything is coated in a rainbow of colours. While the picture book is good for sharing, children will also enjoy pouring over the detailed illustrations at their leisure and building a more detailed understanding of this particular tale of consequences. Picture book format / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by ReadingZone

Bang!
Yucky Mucky Manners
Sam Lloyd

Orchard Books

ISBN 9781846169489

This vibrant, colourful rhyming story is perfect for children in Key Stage One but is also appropriate for children in Reception. The story looks at different animals and comments on their rude and somewhat undesirable habits. I have found this book useful to read to my new Year 1 class (currently Reception) at their 'Meet the Teacher' transition to Year 1. It was really good to illicit a discussion about behaviour and rules and sanctions in Year 1. We discussed things like the parrot who wouldn't stop talking over others and how that would be annoying in class. The children were then able to come up with suggestions to solve this issue in our class rules in September e.g. put your hand up when you want to talk. Picture book format / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Catherine Langthorne, KS1 teacher

Yucky Mucky Manners
Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes: Split-Page Book
Hilary Robinson

Hodder Children's Books

ISBN 9781444904642

Following on from Mixed Up Fairy Tales comes Mixed up Nursery Rhymes, a book of nursery rhymes like no other. Each page of nursery rhymes is split into three sections so it is possible for readers to mix up different Nursery Rhymes; the outcome of this can be very humorous nonsense, for example when Jack and Jill sit in a corner, eating a Christmas pie they pull out a night gown. The book is appropriate for children in Reception, but will be more enjoyable for children who have previously had some understanding of Nursery Rhymes so it is perfect for children in Key Stage One. This is a fun and enjoyable book which would probably be best enjoyed with a small group or by independent readers. Children love playing with the book and changing the next part of the sentence and this also supports young children's comprehension and understanding of what a sentence should be made up of. It has also been enjoyed by some of my class during reading buddies, when children from Key Stage 2 come and share a book with their buddy in KS1. Picture book format / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Catherine Langthorne (Year 1 and 2 teacher)

Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes: Split-Page Book
No!
Tracey Corderoy

Little Tiger Press

ISBN 9781848956513

A very striking cover with THAT word in big bold type will ensure that lots of teachers, parents and young children pick this book up and they will certainly not be disappointed. Illustrator Tim Warnes has created a perfectly adorable little toddler, who just happens to be a rhino and the author perfectly captures that moment, familiar to us all, when a small child acquires a word and understands its meaning and the correct way to use it. So Archie has learned to say NO and enjoys putting this magic word into use and feels the power he now has over his own little world. Children will all be joining in his repetitive refrain! But there is another language lesson to learn, when NO may be a perfectly correct response to a question, but it is not the answer you really want to give. Archie does not really want to turn down invitations to play or treats from the teacher and he becomes quite inconsolable until the offer of a cuddle from Daddy prompts the even more magic YES word and all is well again. Young children who have progressed beyond that stage will really enjoy the feeling of superiority in knowing where poor Archie is going wrong, but also will be helped to discuss their own issues of choice and determination and the importance of cooperation. Both adults and children will share the delightful humour of a very familiar situation. Picture book format / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Joy Court, SLS librarian

No!
Time for Bed, Fred!
Yasmeen Ismail

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

ISBN 9781408837016

Fred, its time to go to bed. Yes Fred, that means you. No Fred you can't hide. Oh Fred what a mess you have made... and so the story (which has just been published as a paperback) continues. It is bedtime and guess who doesn't want to go to bed... Yes, it's Fred. However, Fred is not the naughty child that you might imagine you are reading about. Fred is in fact a dog, a naughty and mischievous dog who most certainly does not want to go to bed! Fred tries everything, rolling in the mud and therefore needing a bath, climbing a tree, hiding in the garden, wanting a story and more besides. However, the message remains the same - it is still time for bed. These antics may remind you of some little ones you know and they will certainly appeal to them when you read them this charming bedtime story. Yasmeen is an exciting debut picture book writer and illustrator and this book is a wonderful showcase for her talent. Not only has she created a charming, boisterous and fun character in Fred, she has tapped perfectly into the bedtime reading market with her gentle but bright and lively pictures that allow children their own creative space with plenty of white space for the imagination. The artwork is glorious, has subtle hints of humour for the adult reader and probably the older child too. A brilliant bedtime story for the whole family. Picture book format / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Louise Ellis-Barrett, school librarian

Time for Bed, Fred!