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Oh Dear! - simple
Oh Dear! - Rod Campbell
Member Name: claireylulu
Oh Dear! - Rod Campbell
Advantages: Lovely simple story, flaps to lift
Oh Dear by Rod Campbell is an all time classic book in my eyes. It was first published in 1983 and it is a book I remember from my child hood and is now one I read to my son's. It is a lovely book with its simple story with repetitive text and fun lift up flaps a sure one to keep a child's attention. My eldest son out grew it quite quickly with his strong imagination and creativity side he has always craved more from a book where as my youngest son he likes simple repetitive stories just like this one. My youngest son is three and a half and currently is a little obsessed with this book we have to have it every night just before he goes to bed.
We have this story in the board book version which contains eighteen pages of pictures and text. It is a nice small size book measuring roughly 16cm by 16cms making it perfect for small hands to even hold onto. The book is about a little boy called Buster who goes to stay at his Grandma's at the farm. She asked Buster to go collect the eggs but can Buster find where the eggs are. He goes on a search coming across many animals on his way. On each double page spread there is a lift the flap and behind it is an animal. The story follows this pattern right through the book.
The pictures throughout the book are like the story itself very simple and bold. There isn't a huge amount of detail to the pictures but they accompany the story well. Buster is a small blonde haired happy looking boy with a friendly face. The text throughout the book is repetitive and children will find it very easy to pick up on. It follows a very simple structure of 'he went to the.... and asked the.... No eggs here! Oh dear!' As you would imagine behind the flap is an animal and my son has great enjoyment out of opening the flap and shouting the name of the animal. He proceeds to make the relevant animal noises too. Since we have been reading it most nights now he has begun repeating the story along with me. The use of animals in this book is a great introduction for very young children to them and the noises they make.
I would normally say a book like this would be a bit young for a child of three and a half but my son has speech problems and I have found it a very useful way of helping him with saying the names of animals. The repetitive text excites him as he knows what is coming next and in the excitement he tends to join in. My eldest son out grew this book quite quickly but recently it has come in again as he is learning to read. The text is presented very big and bold making it perfect for young readers. The repetitive nature also helps them become familiar with simple words. He has once again started to enjoy this book again and it is a bonus too as he can read it to my youngest son with a bit of help from me!
The pure simpleness of this story can be loved by any child who is able to sit still and listen for a few minutes. This classic book is available from many places and retails at £4.99 well worth it I would say. Rod Campbell is known for some great simple books like this one so if you like this one why not try his others for example Dear Zoo or Noisy Farm.
Summary: A lovely book for young children