After returning from school the other day with a new book from the school's ongoing "book scheme" (lending books to the younger children to read and share with their parents to encourage word recognition), I was delighted that after reading the first book in this particular series, he had finally managed to secure a copy of the second book in the series, and one that we had yet to read.
The book I will now review is - "Lost on the beach by Ian Beck".
The story follows a trip to the beach, made by Mummy, Lily and her ever faithful Teddy.
After playing on the beach for a while, and making Teddy a fabulous beach home (sand castle!), Lily and Mummy decide to go get an ice cream, leaving Teddy on the picnic blanket until they get back.
As soon as Mummy and Lily are out of site a whole series of events happen that ensure that Teddy is once again....lost!
First a puppy steals the blanket, dragging Teddy halfway across the beach, then Teddy decides that while he is on that part of the beach he would go and have a little explore.
Teddy explores endless little rock pools, and is having a whale of a time until a crab pinches his paw!
After this happens he realises that he must actually get back to were his Lily had left him, but can't due the tide having come in without him noticing, and surrounding the pool were he had been playing.
Will Teddy ever get back to Lily and the shore, or will his adventures take him further a field?
This is a nice enough story book that adds just enough tension for a child to cope with, with the inevitable happy ending.
The text is bold and clear, with it just being on the slightly harder side of a starter reader book, with my 5 year old son being able to pick out many of the connective words, it, that, the etc... This pleased him immensely, meaning that he could help Mummy read the story instead of just listening.
The illustrations are bright and colourful, with it having a very distinctive style of it's own, what I can only describe as scribbly with lots of attention of the tiny bits of detail, it makes for a very effective picture.
The only problem I had was the fact that it is nowhere near as good as the first book in the series "Alone in the wood", though this is a nice enough book, I didn't enjoy it very much feeling it was a little bland and too nice, and I am the one that has to read it!
Price wise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for the sum of £5.39 plus P&P.
This is an ok book that my son seemed to enjoy, but I felt was a little weaker in content than the previous offering.
Thanks for reading x