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Superworm - super book!
Superworm - Julia Donaldson
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Superworm - Julia Donaldson
Advantages: great rhyming text, beautiful illustrations
Superworm is another book by the renowned children's author Julia Donaldson. She has written classics such as The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo Child's, Monkey Puzzle, The Highway Rat and many others. As with many of her books she has teamed with illustrator Axel Scheffler.
This particular story is about a worm that is a hero where he lives. He likes to help out all his friends making their life's so much more fun and easy. But this is much to the disgust of Wizard Lizard whom wants to use Superworm as his own slave. Superworm is kidnapped by Wizard Lizard and is used as a personal slave. It is up to the garden creatures to save their own hero. As with a lot of Donaldson's stories the book starts off nice and introduces your child to some nice friendly characters, then you get to meet the bad guys. But the story finishes how every parent hopes for a bedtime story on a good note!
The story is written in rhyming text, this along with many other reasons is why me and my boys find Julie Donaldson's books irresistible. From an adults point of view the text flows effortlessly and can be read at a good pace. I feel if an adult is enjoying reading the story the child enjoys it more as well. The book is thirty two pages long and each page consists of a small amount of text on each. I found the story takes about five minutes to read which is a perfect length to keep my sons (aged 4 ½ and 3 years old) attentions. They particularly liked the chant 'Superworm is super-long. Superworm is super-strong. Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! Hip, hip, hooray for SUPERWORM!' It is repeated a couple of times throughout the story and after reading it just once I caught my eldest shouting it out to himself . The repetitive nature of Donaldson's books does mean it doesn't take your child long to get involved in the story telling. My boys love shouting out Superworm at the correct places. As my eldest is learning to read it didn't take him long to pick up on the word Superworm.
The illustrations for Superworm are as you would expect from Axel Scheffler, not only do they mesmerise my children I find them captivating too. For a very young child the pictures will tell them the story. My four and a half year old likes to sit alone with this book and tell the story from the pictures. All the pictures in this book bring the text alive. The detail in the pictures is immense and something I do find myself taking the time to look over. The colours used are bright and bold. I like how the colours change with the mood of the story. When it becomes dark with the Wizard Lizard so does the mood of the pictures. I find this enables a young child to easily pick up the slight tension of the story.
My son's instantly feel in love with the book and with Superworm their new hero! It has now become a firm favourite for a bedtime story. Although the actually story isn't too long in length I find my boys and I can sit for a good twenty minutes discussing the pages and their illustrations. My eldest particularly likes the rubbish dump page as he points out the small details of the dump.
As with many of Donaldson's books this story captivates my boy's imagination and will make a great addition to any book shelve. Superworm retails at £10.99 but currently (Dec 2012) can be purchased from Amazon at £3.99 which I would eagerly snap up. It would make an ideal present for any young child and in hard cover looks a high class item. I would highly recommend for any child who is able to hold a relative amount of attention. My son is nearly five and still fully enjoys Julia Donaldson books and I am sure he will do for some time yet, who wouldn't I'm twenty six and do!
Summary: Highly recommend you snap it up.