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Brady Plays the Fiddle by Melissa Auell

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Brady Plays the Fiddle by Melissa Auell, 16 pages, picture e-book, published by Jade River Publishing in 2017.

Brady the Badger is interested in learning to play an instrument. His parents take him to a bluegrass festival where he hears some instruments being played and gets to meet the musicians.

Brady Plays the Fiddle is a sweet and lyrical story which introduces a range of string musical instruments to young children. Each instrument is played by a different animal.

The story is told through rhyme, which is best read aloud. My kids immediately asked me what bluegrass was. If I was reading this to a class, I think it would be useful to have some samples of bluegrass music for the children to listen to. And of course, if possible, the actual instruments from the story. It would make an awesome music lesson to read the book, and then try out a mandolin or a dobro!

The illustrations were very bright and reasonably simple. I think that they would appeal to young children. However, I felt that the illustrations of Brady lacked continuity between the first couple of pages and the rest of the book. This may have just been my perception as he went from being drawn from the front, to being seen side-on. His nose was also a darker shade of pink and his fur a darker grey in the later pages. I know it seems pedantic, but initially I didn’t realise that both badgers were Brady.

My favourite illustration was on the front cover; there Brady is feeling the music and obviously enjoying himself. The background to this page is expertly coloured too. It really was an excellent choice for the cover.

Brady Plays the Fiddle is a nice book most suitable for toddlers, preschoolers and lower primary school children. It is a great way to introduce these instruments to children and would make an useful addition to preschool music programs.

 

*I received this book as a digital edition from the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other remuneration, and the review is composed entirely of my own opinions.

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The Flood at the Zoo by Mr. Baker-Hall

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The_Flood_At_The_Zoo_Cover_for_KindleThe Flood at the Zoo by Mr. Baker-Hall and illustrated by Carlos Brito, picture e-book, published by Baker-Hall Group Limited in 2016.

A flood has hit the zoo and the animals must find a way to beat the rising waters. What will happen to them?

I’m not a fan of this book, though I liked it better than Dinner at the Zoo. The text is mostly rhyming with some tongue twister type material. It all felt forced, like it was trying too hard to be silly and funny, but didn’t make it. I really disliked the part with the seahorse, it was annoying. There was some effort made to engage the reader, asking questions that would get the kids involved.¬† I did like the ending, it was the best bit of the story.

The picture of the ape falling to the ground was funny, though the style of illustration generally didn’t suit me.

The Flood at the Zoo is suitable for lower primary school students. There are also colouring books available in this series.

 

*I received this book as a digital copy from the author, who asked me for an honest review of this book. I did not receive any other remuneration, and the review is composed entirely of my own opinions.

Dinner at the Zoo by Mr. Baker-Hall

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dinneratthezoocoverDinner at the Zoo by Mr. Baker-Hall and illustrated by Carlos Brito, picture e-book, published by Baker-Hall Group Limited in 2016.

Join the zoo animals as they enjoy their dinner. See what the bear, monkeys and big cats are eating tonight.

Overall I didn’t really like this book. It was more a string of related rhymes than a story, and some of it didn’t even make sense. A few of the rhymes were really terrible. I hated the one about the tick and Rick the chick. It was forced, and I don’t really think of ticks and chicks as zoo animals anyway. And why is there a star-nosed mole at the zoo? I also disliked the rhyme with the wolf and rhino. It was nonsense, but not in the good silly and funny way. Not all of the rhymes were bad though, I quite liked the one about the sloth and her milkshake, as well as the cheetahs eating fajitas. If more of them had been like that, the book would have been much more fun!

The illustrations are colourful and bright, but the style wasn’t really for me. I did like the cheetahs and the spotted cats.

Dinner at the Zoo is suitable for lower primary school children. There is a second book in this series, Flood at the Zoo, I will give it a go and see what it’s like. There are also a couple of colouring books availbale.

 

*I received this book as a digital copy from the author, who asked me for an honest review of this book. I did not receive any other remuneration, and the review is composed entirely of my own opinions.