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Ouch! Is a level 2c Read at Home Book from the Oxford Reading Tree. We got it from The Works for £1.25 as part of a special offer, and there are plenty of similar offers around from various discount book retailers. The full recommended retail price is £3.50 though to me that seems a little bit on the steep side for such a short book.
The story is about Floppy the dog having a little dream. He dreams he's in the wild west, where he hurts himself on the hot sand, and escaping on one of his children owner's horseback, Biff. Finally, he smacks into a cactus as he goes flying off the horse and shrieks "ouch!" for the last time. Then he wakes up to find the real Biff removing her cactus plant from underneath where he was sleeping.
This is a pleasant little book for young readers to have a try at. It's not the easiest book to manage for a complete beginner, but those who have worked their way up to this level and already ready all of the other books from levels 2a and 2b shouldn't find this too difficult. There are a fair few key words and phonetically spelled words included here.
On each page, there is a large colourful illustration showing us inside Floppy's dream. Underneath each picture, the text is printed in black against a plain white background. I like this consistency as it helps young children to concentrate on the text, though I do think they could have done with jazzing up some of the fonts in this series like they have done with the more modern Snapdragons books.
This isn't a favourite of mine for it's educational value, but the grandson certainly likes the story. He's not easily amused, but this use of obvious slap-stick humour really tickled him. He learned to read this book quite a while ago, but he still likes to pick it up and have a read of it every now and again. It's not worth the full retail price but it's definitely worth a couple of quid to broaden an existing learning-to-read library collection.
Book Series: Read at Home