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Any resemblance to Boris Johnson is, I am sure, coincidental. A monster book.
Calm Down Boris! - Sam Lloyd
Member Name: azana
Calm Down Boris! - Sam Lloyd
Date: 09/07/09, updated on 10/07/09 (85 review reads)
Advantages: Great fun
Disadvantages: quite a thick book on the shelf
I thought we had every variation of kids' book going from lift-the-flap to fold out playscene via jigsaw book until my youngest daughter received this excellent puppet book for her birthday.
Published by Templar and incorporating a most satisfyingly 70's stylee shagpile orange puppet this is a truly interactive and entertaining book that is bound to please younger readers.
The book comes in hardback form, with helpful instructions on the back for adults to put their hand into the puppet and "put on your best monster voice", which I duly have done many times already as we have romped our way through this 5 double page book.
The story is simple - Boris, the monster who features on the front of the book and on every page (there is a hole in each page so your puppet hand can stay in place), is a monster who enjoys attention but tends to give over-enthusiastic and tickly kisses in return.
Each page invites the toddler to interact with the puppet - on one you have to "check for bugs" and brush his hair, on another feed him. Boris gets to be a bit annoying but at the end of the tale redeems himself by making a scary dog run off with his kisses. A refrain of "kissy, kissy, kissy" runs through the book and can be joined in with. Sounds bizarre? It is, but somehow it works well and really did appeal to my three year old from the very first read, and my older child liked it too.
The illustrations are well drawn and a bit more muted than Boris' neon fur. The text is a little bit too stylised for new readers in my mind, but actually I think this book is probably aimed at a younger audience and would be an ideal first birthday present.
As this is a puppet book I should probably say that the puppet is actually quite well made, with a nicely sewn bright pink tongue - you can rotate him and he has stood up to my best monster impressions and lots of tickling of children very well.
This is not the most relaxing or calming of books to read at bedtime, however it is great fun and Boris is a likeable and memorable hero of this book which children are sure to want to read again. I think all children like puppets, they really do encourage the child to be engaged and to interact and adults will find this book fun to read to their child too, which is always a plus point for a children's book.
According to the cover of my book this book was the winner of the 2006 "Richard and Judy Best Book for Children" competition. It is currently available from Amazon for £6.69 (details below). The author has produced a number of other books on the same theme - I quite like the look of "Wendy the Wide Mouthed Frog", and shall definitely be purchasing one of these books for a present, it was so lovely to receive.
Highly recommended. You can never have too many children's books, especially when they are of this calibre.
Hardcover: 5 pages
Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 Jul 2006)
Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 23.2 x 2.2 cm
Summary: Boris is a shaggy haired orange monster who likes kissing.