When I first saw this book, I immediately thought of a fellow online writer buddy and her love for the quirky, fun, laugh out-loud stories and thought what a kick she would get out of this. So my Perfect Picture Book choice today is with Penny in mind. Read on…
BEN AND THE ICKY-OOKY-STICKY-SMICK
Illustrated by: Gary Venn
Published by: Walker Books Australia 1st Feb 2013
Ages: 3 – 7 years
Opening Lines: Ben loved popcorn. He also loved bugs. Huge bugs and tiny bugs, shiny and spiny bugs, wriggly-jiggly, slimy bugs.
Synopsis: From back of book- Ben’s lost his pet icky-ooky-sticky-smick. And he is determined t find him. No other bug will do. No cribble-crabble-scuttle-snucks! Or lurky-murky-dottle-spots! Only his purple and velvety icky-ooky-sticky-smick…
Why I like this: This is a real fun tongue twister. Kids are going to love hearing you read this one aloud. Sally a keen interest in European languages and previous picture book award winner, has really come up with lots of imaginative play on words as Ben hunts for his pet. I tried reading this a few times and even though I am not a lover of bugs it tickled my funny bone. Try saying whoosel-swooshel-giggle-digs or how about, poople-popple-piggle-snops. I can just hear the kids snort with laughter. Gary’s clear active and yet simple coloured illustrations are fun and suit the eye-popping text well. Kids who enjoy bugs, and anything science will want this one. A great school resource as well as home fun read.
Resources/Findings: Here is a great link about bugs, activities etc for the kid who is into everything bugs….. http://a2zhomeschooling.com/explore/biology_kids/animals-biology_kids/bugs_insects_kids/insects_bugs_kids/
Sally’s website….. http://www.sallysutton.co.nz/index.php?cID=1
Here’s a fun video (warning if you don’t like insects you may not want to watch this up close with live insects video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYawa4piO4k
Pop over and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.