Oi Aardvark!

Oi Aardvark!

By Author / Illustrator

Kes Gray, Jim Field


Funny Stories

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Hachette Children's Group








Baboons sit on balloons, crocs sit on clocks and donkeys sit on long keys . . .

Let Frog, Dog and Cat guide you through the alphabet from Aardvark to Zebra in this hilarious new picture book from the creators of Oi Frog! With a special fold-out surprise!  The laughter never ends with Oi Frog and Friends!



Oi Aardvark! is the sixth release in the popular and successful Oi series by Kes Gray. As in the previous installments, the book revolves around our friend the frog as he introduces readers to a wide and wonderful selection of creatures from the animal kingdom.

In Oi Aardvark, the frog has become an author himself as he reveals his own working title...'My All New Alphabetty Botty Book'. Upon meeting up with his friend cat and dog, he reveals he is writing a book with a brand new selection of animals, all of which are yet to be used in any of the 'Oi' books. Dog is excited about the prospect of frog completing the book but cat is very skeptical about him being about to think of another whole alphabet of animals.

As the title suggests, frog kick starts his book with aardvark. From here is it is clear to see that this title is yet again going to be full of funny and ridiculous rhymes as frog claims that aardvarks sit on card sharks....a type of shark who like to play snap. Of course, this strategy allows Kes Gray to be playful with language and also ensures that the reader is glued to the book as they wait to see how the animals are going to rhyme.

The language is certainly a huge plus for this series but equally important are Jim Field's illustrations. Jim is one of my favourite illustrators and his artistic style is always clear to identify. The images he has created here do not disappoint and perfectly illustrate the playful language Kes Gray has written.

I have shared this with my 4yo son and it has proved to be extremely popular with him. In fact it has been requested for multiple bedtimes and even asked to be repeated each night. The text was also enjoyed thoroughly by my class of year 1 children, who were already big fans of the series thanks to their EYFS teacher.

As you would expect, this is a fun and engaging text that can be enjoyed by all children within the EYFS and KS1 age range.

Picture book / Reviewed by Kyle Matravers, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 3+


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