“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

My Adventure Island … where wild things happen

Book - My Adventure IslandWritten by: Timothy Knapman

Illustrated by: Sarah Warburton

Published by: Scholastic Children’s Books 2012

Ages: 3 – 6 years

Theme: Adventure, Fun, Imagination

Opening Sentence: Here on my island I do what I like. I can Zoom all around on brilliant new bike.

Synopsis: from the back of the book – On my very own island I can do whatever I like! There are no rules and no bedtimes – and broccoli and big sisters are banned. A brilliantly funny tale of mischief and mayhem.

Why I like this: Imagine you had a window into the mind of a sleeping child. See his imagination take over and his world of adventure. He dreams of doing what he wants, eating what he wants, playing with toys without interruption, no sister to annoy, he can be dirty and smelly, never washing or brushing his teeth. Riding a flash new bike or being covered in mud. Heaven isn’t it, for little boys! Well, you would think so. This has the pattern of Where the Wild Things Are, in a way to me. Still I loved flipping the pages and reading the simple mostly one line text that galloped across the page and laugh at his antics. Yes I didn’t like some of my veges too, when I was a kid. Energetic and fun this book will be a hoot for young kids. The illustrations are cute in soft colourful candy for the young adventurer.   A keeper, it would make a lovely gift or a classroom read.

Resources/Findings: Timothy’s website…   http://www.timothyknapman.co.uk/book/my-adventure-island

A good classroom activity would be to get the kids to write down what they would have on their special island and why.

Here’s something with a little bit of fun, and educational …..   http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/multimedia/interactive/maps-tools-adventure-island/kd/?ar_a=3

This is an interesting blog I came across offering a great activity for kids to help them understand and appreciate the land.  Building an island….  http://inspirationalvillage.me/2014/02/27/archipelago-exploring-the-land/

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 books reviewed by many authors.



About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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14 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. Well, I’ve always loved broccoli, but there wouldn’t be peas on my island. Thanks for the review.

  2. I didn’t like peas, but maybe because Mom served canned peas for so long! Not any more, but mnow my daughter is allergic. Ah well, the character sounds a little like Pippi too!

  3. What fun. Kids will love this won. Just imagine what it would be like to make your own rules until….
    This is a great selection.

  4. An island would be fun! Surrounded by water – heaven! This sounds like a cute book to spark the imagination! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Joanne Sher says:

    Looks sweet and fun:)

  6. Darlene says:

    What a fun book. One I would have loved as a child.

  7. This sounds awesome!!!

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