“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Gillian Rogerson / Hardcover / 32 Pages / Book is published 2007-04-01 by Gullane Children's Books „
I got this book for my son at Christmas. He loves listening to a story each night and I prefer the books with nice illustrations and a good simple story line but not too much text as we both end up getting bored.
It's a good sixe book with lots of colourful illustrations. It follows a simple storyline where the princess wants her stolen rabbits back and promises to marry the solider who gets them back to her. There is a nice twist ant the end of the story - I won't ruin the suspense.
It also got my son to finally enjoy brushing his teeth after he saw a big crocodile brushing his. And it teaches to lessons.
1. Don't be quick to judge people based on their appearance
2. You don't always need violence to get a positive outcome.
It's an enjoyable read and my son loves looking at the pictures. Priced at just under £4 its good value for money.
The book that is subject of this review was initially chosen by my son due to the colourful and action packed front cover, with there being a small boy standing within a crocodiles mouth....he was sold immediately!
The book in question is - "The smallest hero by Gillian Rogerson".
The premise of this story is the fact that Princess Rebecca's rabbits are missing....kidnapped in fact!
So after calling a meeting with all the strongest, bravest and of course single men in the village she declares that whomever rescues and brings back safely her rabbits will be able to marry her, she announces this to all the big men in front of her then spots Tim.
Tim I a vertically challenged young man, who you get the impression gets looked over for many things, so this time he is determined to have a go at the challenge.
Tim initially stands back and watches all the so-called big brave men fly into the forest to rescue the pet rabbits, only to come straight back out, running for their lives and screaming about a huge dragon.
Instead of running away with them. Tim decides to see for himself, so after walking into the forest and discovering a huge, angry, fire breathing dragon, instead of running away he simple reaches over, and very gently starts to tickle the dragon, under the chin.
The dragon is gob smacked that Tim has tickled him, so ask's him why he has done so, to which Tim replies "well, everyone likes to be tickled don't they?".
After this the dragon pledges his allegiance to Tim, offering to take him so far on his journey to find the rabbit's.
Will Tim find the rabbits, and if he does will Princess Rebecca keep her promise........
This is really funny story, which in my opinion is perfect for a child of my son's age, he is at the point in his life where he thinks he is bigger than he is, and can't understand why his slightly older sibling can do things that he is not allowed to do yet, this story shows that actually, in reality, you can achieve anything....no matter your size!
There are a number of fantastical, mystical and initially frightening characters that Tim meets on his journey, again he treats them with the same respect as he did with the dragon, this again proves the point of tolerance to others and actually giving something or one a chance to present themselves before you judge them, another good lesson for a child to partake in!
The text within this book is written in bold font, but is in no way a starter reader book, but perfect for my bedtime reading session, they are Connor's favourites and not just because he gets mummy to himself!
The illustrations (courtesy of Ingela Peterson) are fantastic. The colours are bright and bold, with the pictures holding enough detail for the child's interest, but not so much that that they miss anything.
All the characters, especially the mean ones, are drawn in such a way that they become endearing, rather than scary, and of course due to Tim's size, everything else is done in gargantuan proportion, this is to illustrate just how small Tim is, it is done perfectly.
Price wise this will set you back around £3.59 pus P&P, from www.amazon.co.uk.
This is a lovely book, one that my son thoroughly enjoyed having read to him, and will now even look at the pictures on his own and try and recite the story from memory....perfect!
Thanks for reading x