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Shaggy Dog and the Terrible Itch - David Bedford

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: David Bedford, Gwyneth Williamson / Includes: Book & CD / Paperback / Book is published 2005-05-01 by Little Tiger Press

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      08.01.2014 22:12
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      A nice book for little ones

      Jayden has always liked looking at his books either alone or having a story read to him but it had to be when he was in the mood, however lately he appears to enjoy reading even more than normal especially before bed, he loves a bedtime story so for Christmas he received quite a few new books that we have been working our way through. One book he really seems to enjoy is Shaggy Dog and the Terrible Itch by David Bedford, since he received this book we have had to read it several times.

      Appearance
      The book Shaggy Dog and the Terrible Itch by David Bedford is a square hard back book, it has a bright pink and yellow front cover making it extremely eye catching, there is a picture of Shaggy Dog in the middle of it with the title of the book at the top in black writing, the front cover is simple yet appealing to young children. The back cover is the same bright colours with a small piece of writing about the strong written on it and a picture of some poodles. The pages in this book are paper so it is not really a book that a really young child could look at alone, they would struggle with the pages and also they are likely to rip them at the same time, if this book is being purchased for a younger child then it is probably best they are supervised with it.

      The Story
      This story follows Shaggy Dog in his pursuit to get rid of an itch he has on his back that he is unable to reach himself, the story shows Shaggy Dog asking various people he meets for help, however things are not as simple for Shaggy Dog as he has to do favours in return for their help. This lovely simple story is ideal to capture young children's attention and keep them interested. The story is written in reasonably large black writing in various positions on each page, I would say that this is aimed at children who have just started to learn to read, however there is no reason why younger children cannot have this book read to them, as we do with Jayden.

      Pictures
      There are pictures on every page of this book, some spread across a double page whereas others are just on a single page. The pictures are bright colourful and quite detailed, they follow the story accurately and give you and your child plenty to talk about when reading the book. Sometimes when we have read the story Jayden likes to look back through the book so we talk about the pictures, the pictures in this book are ideal for this.

      Price and Availability
      This book is available online from a range of places including Amazon and Play.com, the price varies a lot depending on where you purchase it from but the average price seems to be around £2.00 or £3.00, the price also depends on whether you purchase this book in hardback or paperback form.

      My Opinion
      I would definitely recommend the Shaggy Dog and the Terrible Itch by David Bedford, Jayden really loves this book and we have read it on numerous occasions since he received it, the pictures are bright and colourful and Jayden loves sitting looking at them as well as reading the story. This book is very reasonably priced and in my opinion worth the money if you shop around and get it for a good price. This book is ideal if your child is just starting to learn how to read, but it is also a lovely story for younger children to have read to them, I would certainly recommend this.

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      24.04.2013 11:00
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      a good book, as part of a set I would recommend

      My daughter has loads of books, and every birthday or Christmas more find their way into our home. Last Christmas she received a box set of books, one of them included was this book - Shaggy Dog and the Terrible Itch by David Bedford and Gwyneth Williamson.

      The story focuses on Shaggy Dog who has a terrible itch and his quest to get someone to scratch the itch on his back. Along the way he meets a farmer and a Cafe owner, who all agree to itch his back but but in return he must first do chores for them like the dishes and rounding up sheep! In the end he is relieved of his itch (which turns out to be a flea) and the itch ends up with a different poodle!

      This book is rather easy and enjoyable to read, although it has more text than some of her other books but I think this is good as it gives her a new standard to try and keep up with. It is not a rhyming book so does lose some of the more fun aspect that my daughter enjoys with some of her other books.

      The pictures are clear and colourful and my 3 year old daughter can engage with the story by associating the activities in the pictures to understand what Shaggy Dog is going through. All the illustrations are vibrant and large and so the little one likes flicking through the pages and pretending to read the book to herself just from dictating what the pictures are showing her which I think is good for her creative mind and piecing the story together.

      I think this book is perhaps better suited for 3 years - 5 years (although I am no expert) as it seems a good introduction to independent reading. It is a hardback book which means it has remained durable, and although it can only be bought as part of a set but I would still recommend this book as my daughter loves reading it!

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      23.05.2010 14:22
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      See review.

      My son has discovered that he loves his reading books, in any shape or form, from rhyming to fairytale his willing to give it a go, though he does appreciate a funny book, with the one of this review being one of those laugh out loud books!

      The book I will now review is - "Shaggy dog and the terrible itch by David Bedford"

      My son has had this book for quite a while now, but still insists on lending it from the library when we visit and has even brought t back from school on a couple of occasions!

      The story centres around a dog....a shaggy dog in fact, that suddenly develops an itch. It is not until he realises that even after he has been scratching his back against a tree, the itch is still there and doesn't seem to be going away.

      On his travels shaggy dog comes across various people, who he asks to help scratch the itch that won't go away, the people however agree but on the condition he does something for them.

      After helping a whole heap of people, getting a good scratch from each, and the itch returning almost immediately, shaggy dog as at the end of his tether.

      Will shaggy dogs itch ever go away, or is there some under lying problem to be treated first?

      This is a lovely book with a nice storyline that kept my son and in fairness myself entertained through to the end.

      The text is reasonably involved, so is not what I would deem a starter reader, but more a bedtime book, one for mummy and Connor to share.

      The illustrations are bright and colourful, with the dogs in the story being the main characters, so each one has it's own look, even the poodles in the poodle parlour are drawn to be haughty and stuck up, with the illustrations presenting this fact perfectly, so much so that the text is not needed to show this fact!

      The one thing that makes this book so endearing to my son is the flea! There is a flea that is of course the cause of the ongoing itch to the shaggy dog, but on every page the illustrations show the flea making is presence felt, with it bouncing out of the dogs fur, or on various items on each page, it got to the stage that my son was more interested in the flea than the dog itself!

      Price wise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for the sum of £4.93 plus P&P.

      Thanks for reading x

      ISBN 1-84506-134-9

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