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The Noisy Way to Bed - Ian Whybrow

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Paperback: 32 pages / Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books / New Edition: 16 July 2004

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      28.11.2012 10:40
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      A very gentle book, that will have most appeal for toddlers.

      The Noisy Way to Bed is something we picked up at the local library, my youngest son being attracted to the front cover with the boy in bed with all the animals. He is the sort of child who shares his bed with a mountain of cuddly toys, and he also does everything extremely loudly, so it seemed a good choice for him.

      Upon reading this book, it has a very simple plot which seems a bit fantasy based, with a young boy trying to find his way home for bed, and on the way he meets some animals who try to help him find the way. I feel this was not really suitable for children as old as my son, as the plot was too simple and gentle. It would have been great when they were around 18 months to 3 years old as there are lots of animal noises in the story, and this would have appealed greatly at that age, but by 4, it is not adventurous enough to keep the child engaged.

      A child of 5/6 might engage with it if they were the one reading the book. My 6 year old is certainly capable these days of reading a fairly simple book like this one.

      I felt the best bit about the book was the pretty illustrations, all pastel colours and not too cartoon like, so they looked quite realistic. Again, the pictures do not have lots in them apart from a bit of scenery and the animals and the boy. I prefer books where my sons can spot more things in the pictures and have a bit of a chat about what we have read.

      This is a nice book, but for us, I felt too babyish, and I felt it had limited appeal. It's not something I would buy as I don't feel it would become that favourite must read book. My children have done this with many of their books, but they were happy to just hear this one a couple of times.

      I felt there was some attempt to engage children, but it wasn't that successful really. My children have enjoyed books with animal sounds in but this one was just not enchanting enough for them. For me it felt like someone had realised children like books with animals, so they wrote it, but the story just didn't really work.

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