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A Babysitter's Nightmare
Really, Really - Kes Gray
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Really, Really - Kes Gray
Advantages: A fun book and enables you to discuss the importance of telling the truth.
This book is one within the series of books all about Daisy, written by Kes Gray and illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
~ Daisy Books ~
This series of books is very popular amongst te 4 - 5 year olds that I teach, particularly the girls.
Daisy is a little girl whose adventures and naughtiness appeal to Reception to Year 1 children.
Daisy doesn't 'do' dresses, e.g. in the book entitled 'YUK!' Daisy wants to wear a baseball outfit or a leopard skin suit rather than a bridesmaid dress.
~ Other Daisy Books ~
Eat Your Peas
If I was Boss
A Bunch of Daisies
006 and a Bit
~ Really, Really ~
It is the first time that Daisy has ever had a babysitter look after her. Mum was in a rush so hurried out without really giving Angela the babysitter any instructions and Daisy being Daisy causes a bit of bother and tries to take advantage of Angela!
She begins by eating the note that her Mum has left for the babysitter and when asked why she is eating paper, Daisy replies: "I'm not eating paper. Really, really"
Fib number one so on to fib number two............
When asked what she has for tea, Daisy tells Angela ice-cream and chips. When Angela says "Really?" Daisy replies "Really, really."And so the fibs and the tricking of Angela continues, e.g.
She says she's only allowed to drink lemonade, not milk
She lies about needing a bath
She tells Angela that her Mum likes it if she jumps around on the settee and slides off the table.
Having run rings around Angela all night, she hurries up to bed when she hears Mum returning.When Daisy's mum starts questioning Angela about what she has given Daisy to eat, if she has had a bath etc Angela crosses her fingers behind her back and adopts Daisy favourite line from the book "Really, Really!"
~ Illustrations ~
Nick Sharratt has used rich, vibrant colours in his drawings which makes them very appealing to children.
There is also a humorous element in the illustrations with the fibs that Daisy is telling being depicted on the adjacent page to the accompanying writing.
~ Style and Format ~
There are illustrations on each page with the text generally being on the left hand page slotted alongside different sized illustrations.
The text isn't too difficult and children enjoy joining in with the repetitive element of:
" Really?" said Angela.
" Really, really" fibbed Daisy.
~ The Author, Kes Gray ~
I wrongly assumed that the author was a female.
Kes Gray began his career in advertising and his most famous tv adverts have been for Carling Black Label, Prudential and the NSPCC.
In 1997 he took one months sabbatical and produced his first and most acclaimed picture book 'Eat Your Peas'. This was published in 2000 and became the first picture book in 10 years to win the overall prize at the 2001 Federation of Children's Book Awards.
Following the HUGE success of Eat Your Peas, Kes Gray has developed a series of Daisy books.
He has written a number of other children's books and also writes young fiction for Oxford's Treetops Schools reading series.
~ The Illustrator, Nick Sharratt ~
Nick Sharratt studied graphic design at London Art College and got a job drawing humorous illustrations for magazines, sweet packets and Easter Egg wrappers.
He illustrated school textbooks before going on to write and illustrate his own picture books, his first one being 'What Do I Like?'
Nick Sharratt now spends half of his time illustrating other writer's stories and half his own books and has been very successful working alongside Kes Gray in the Daisy series of books.
~ Price ~
Paperback ISBN: 0-09-941394-9 costs £5.99 but amazon are selling used and new copies from £2.01
Hardcover versions are usually £9.99 but amazon's used and new copies are from £1
~ My Verdict ~
This is a very popular book amongst the 4 - 5 year old girls that I teach but the boys aren't overly keen although they do like the idea of the mischief that Daisy gets up to and the idea of telling so many fibs. We do however have to have a chat about the importance of not telling lies etc.
Children love to come up with their own suggestions about how they could trick their babysitters, I just hope they've never acted upon them!
They also like the twist at the end when Angela ends up fibbing to Daisy's Mum.
Although, a book about fibs, if looked at in a humorous way this is a fun book for children.
Summary: Another great book in this series by Kes Gray.
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