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Jack's Tractor - Thomas Taylor
Member Name: mrsgladwin
Jack's Tractor - Thomas Taylor
Advantages: Brilliant for reading aloud, interactive, interesting
Disadvantages: Maybe not so great for girls
I have to admit, our two year old son has far too many books. I'm a bookworm and my mum has worked in a library for over 30 years so him not being a lover of books just wasn't an option! Luckily he takes after me, rather than my husband who's idea of reading a book is looking at the comic strip in the paper. Anyway, as I say he has a lot of books, he has four shelves full of them. We try to read a new one each night but despite how exciting we try and make other books, he still requests Jack's Tractor before he goes to sleep (or "Jack's tatta" as he calls it). It's his favourite by far and has become part of our bedtime routine.
It was my mum who bought this book, purely I think because our son's name is Jack. The story is about a little boy who who goes on an adventure on his tractor, travelling through various places and picking up noisy creatures on the way.
This book is great for reading out loud - it's rhythmic and each little verse on each page rhymes. Think Slinky Malinky or Hairy McClairy and you wouldn't be far off (if you've never read these that comment will mean nothing...sorry!) Because it rhymes it's more memorable so at the end of each verse my son fills in the word, making the book interactive.
There are 32 pages but only four rhyming lines on each page so it doesn't become boring. My son can often get a bit restless if a story goes on for too long.
On each page Jack visits a new location and meets new noisy animals and creatures. The use of the noises of each animal help make the book more entertaining - our little one loves adding his own "heeee haaaaw" for the donkey and "sqwaaaaaark!" for the parrot. It's not just animals that Jack meets, he also meets a "ticklesaur". This is our son's favourite page! He giggles before we have even read about the ticklesaur saying "tickle pickle", as he knows he's going to get a tickle himself!
The first half of the book is noisy, and the pictures are bold and eye catching which is great for capturing little ones' attention. Half way through the book Jack decides it is time to go home as it is getting dark but realises he does not know the way. Luckily a little mouse comes to the rescue and directs them home. The mouse explains -
"Listen now that night has come you mustn't make such noise, it's bedtime now we need our sleep, yes, even little boys!". This is my favourite line in the book!
The second half of the book is more subdued and the animals no longer make a riot, and instead are sleepy and quiet. We often read this half of the book in a whisper and it's great for winding down our excitable little one.
This book is great for little boys, it's noisy, chaotic and adventurous - everything our son loves! I do consider it to be more of a book aimed at boys due to phrases such as "just the sort of noisy sound that pleases little boys" and the above quote about needing sleep.
This is by far our son's favourite book and to be honest, I really don't mind because I enjoy reading it to him! It could be a lot worse, there are ome truly tedious kids books out there!
Summary: My son's favourite book
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