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Boris's Book!! (Synchronised Swimming..)
Calm Down Boris! - Sam Lloyd
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Calm Down Boris! - Sam Lloyd
Advantages: Bloomin' Brilliant..!
Disadvantages: Big Fat Zero..!
Being slightly square-shaped in size, the book is a hardback and has only ten pages containing the story - so it is ideal for youngsters with a short attention span. Books like this are ideal for my nephew I find, as anything slightly longer or more detailed will often result in a grumpy or frustrated boy who wants to discard the book before we have reached the story's conclusion.
Boris's book has one major difference between other storybooks that are in my nephew's collection. Between its pages, Boris's large orange head neatly protrudes through a large hole in the centre of each page and right through the front hardback cover of the book too, so we are in no doubt as to who Boris is from the offset.
Brilliantly delivered in both its concept and design, the book has cleverly made the book instantly appealing to youngsters (and adults!) by way of a sort of 'puppet' integrated into the bright orange-coloured 'Boris Head' in the centre of the book.
Basically, all you need to do is insert your hand into the opening at the back of Boris's head to control the puppet and thus, his little orange 'jaws' will open and shut to 'mouth' the words he says in the book. By putting on a sort of 'monster' voice, this really adds to the 'interactive' aspect of the book and I have literally had my nephew rolling about laughing with my Boris antics. Because Boris is so cute and adorable, there is definitely an added appeal delivered to the overall story time experience.
Brain-bursting, the storyline is not. Basic and simplistic, the story itself could be accused of letting the book down, but I feel the 'interactive' element of the book is of course its biggest feature, and of course the book IS intended for youngsters, so anything too 'taxing' wouldn't be popular anyway.
Best described as being a story that follows Boris on his outing to the park, there is again a small 'interactive' element on each page, so that the young reader can enjoy the puppet element of the book even more. By encouraging this type of 'play' during story time, I think it gives the book even more appeal and my nephew does love to involve himself in Boris's story.
Bug-searching through Boris's orange fur, feeding him from a picnic and stroking his fur to make him feel better are all encouraged throughout the pages of the book.
"Brush his hair - Neat and Tidy" is by far my nephews favourite instruction however, and he often asks for a comb to carry out this task! Bless him, he does take things seriously at times!
Boris, on the other hand, tends to get over-excited after each of the tasks has been carried out and will respond by enthusiastically 'kissing' the child brushing his hair or feeding him and so on. By shouting "kissy kissy kissy", Boris enthusiastically thanks the person taking care of him, delivering kisses from his fluffy orange mouth.
Booming Monster Voice and smooch-like kissy noises always feature in the telling of Boris's tale in our story time, and my nephew will literally have tears of laughter appearing in his eyes at his auntie's ridiculous story-telling antics.
Beheading our puppet friend by accident has proven to be impossible, and the orange fuzzy puppet head is still firmly secured in its place even after months of regular reading of the book. Baffling as it may seem, there has been some very minor wear to the book in the way of some slight 'matting' to the long fibres of Boris's 'coat' but this is something that is perhaps to be expected with a book that is so often selected at story time.
Bold colours, Beautiful & original ideas and of course Boggle-eyed Monsters are this book's most redeeming features. Boredom, Baloney, Bamboozlement and Banality feature nowhere during our reading time, when Boris's tale is the one of choice..!
Blimey, I can't think of one single criticism of this book and thoroughly recommend it for youngsters as it is such good fun and gives something different to story time!
Believe it or not, "Calm down, Boris!" is extremely easy to purchase online, from either Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) or Play (www.play.com) and you can expect to spend around £6.60 (as @ August 2012) for a new copy of the book from either of these retailers.
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Summary: Bit of Fun in the Synchronised Swimming Competition...
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