Amazon sites have straight 5-star reviews for this book - and no wonder - this is possibly the perfect children's book.
As an author of novels, I had o...moreAmazon sites have straight 5-star reviews for this book - and no wonder - this is possibly the perfect children's book.
As an author of novels, I had often thought of writing a children's book especially with my own kids in mind. for over a year I dreamed up a book that would have a wonderful underlying theme and moral yet be funny, light to read, full of cute animals, and more. I started developing a plot and even penned out my book. It was far too long, far too complex. The prose was OK but it needed work. It has sat on the shelf for nine months now.
Then, one evening as we watched our nightly CBeebies Bedtime story, my need to write a children's book was erased. A woman came on screen and proceeded to read Fox in the Dark complete with the kind of character voices we humble parents only dream of being able to pull off. The story was recorded and has been watched many a time since. It's a firm favourite with our kids.
The illustration is superb but it's the poetry, humour and plot that I can't get enough of. Green is clearly an accomplished poet and nothing about the prose feels contrived. The jokes are cleverly written in and I am mazed at how she has narration rhyming with dialogue. We (the whole family) adore all of the characters and even within the short space of the book feel like we know each one's personality. Even with their faults (afraid, abrupt, moody, weak-bladdered, etc), the are all endearing. This book potentially gets more reads than previous favourites by Donaldson in our household.
So thanks, Alison Green, for stopping me from writing a children's book that could never have hit the levels of brilliance that you have. To all prospective buyers, I highly recommend this one. They probably don't get better.(less)
A good simple message wrapped up in a poorly written, awfully illustrated, and boring story full of terrible messages that over-shadow the good one.
No...moreA good simple message wrapped up in a poorly written, awfully illustrated, and boring story full of terrible messages that over-shadow the good one.
No problem with the gassy content whatsoever but failed to find anything humorous among it. The whole book just seemed like it was trying to hard. If it really does bring a few young boys to reading, great. I just hope they find something more worth their time shortly after they read this.
I won't bother showing it to my daughter. At 2½, she demands much better story-telling.(less)
Saved from a worse fate (2 stars) by the illustration.
A few words appear here for lack of other rhyming options. That is never good. Then the rhyme is...moreSaved from a worse fate (2 stars) by the illustration.
A few words appear here for lack of other rhyming options. That is never good. Then the rhyme is just overdone: cat, rat, bat, gnat, ram, Sam, lamb, Pam, jam... c'mon, if you want all of the on a single page, why not add ham, spam, dam, gram, sham...
Then, to make matters worse comes llama, farmer panorama (almost bearable) until they are joined by drama and completely misplaced pyjamas. Unless I have pronounced it wrong by sounding the s for the last 30-odd years.
There comes a point where rhyming crosses the line between memorable and overdone. Unfortunately, made apparent by the biggest kid's book critic in the house (not me, much smaller) this book falls on the wrong side of that line.
The illustrations are good, the theme and lesson OK, just the rhyme lets it down.(less)
I was spammed by the author (or one of his multiple personalities) and decided to see what garbage was being peddled to self-publishers of the gullibl...moreI was spammed by the author (or one of his multiple personalities) and decided to see what garbage was being peddled to self-publishers of the gullible nature.
But actually, it wasn't all that bad. The book just tells you how to be active on online forums and that you should friend everyone and eventually shove your book down their throats in private messages. I think I recognise a few Goodreads authors who have read this advice.
So far as selling me a book is concerned, it isn't going to work. But each to their own. Personally, I think the best way to sell a book is to write good ones.
There is nothing new in here and the methods may work with more or less success for different authors. Would I recommend it to a friend? Of course not. Is it only worth one star? No, I give it two. It isn't utterly terrible and may be useful to someone... somewhere.
Perhaps, if I hadn't found it through Spam, it may have earned another star.(less)