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What's Naughty? - Hiawyn Oram

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Hiawyn Oram / Edition: illustrated edition / Paperback / Reading Level: Ages 4-8 / 25 Pages / Book is published 2000-08-17 by Hodder Children's Books

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      01.09.2009 18:53
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      An enjoyable reading book for young children.

      I came across this book at a recent car boot sale and bought it for just 50p. I was attracted to it firstly by the title 'What's Naughty?' and then the picture of two adorable boys obviously up a tree.

      ISBN 0340754478
      RRP - £4.99
      Paperback - 32 pages
      Publisher - Hodder Children's Books.

      Author - Hiawyn Oram
      Hiawyn Oram was born in South Africa and studied both English and Drama there before moving to Britain to begin a career as an advertising copywriter. She has since written over 50 children's books including Angry Arthur and Mona the Vampire series.

      Illustrator - Adrian Reynolds
      Adrian Reynolds was born in South Wales in 1963 and studied at both Swansea College of Art and Cambridgeshire College of Art and Technology. He is well known for his illustrations in the Harry and the Dinosaurs books but has worked on over 50 books including Bear in the Cave and Who's in the Loo.

      The Story.
      This story involves two little boys called Williams and Alex. William goes over to Alex's house and they end up going outside to play. Alex's mum tells them not to be naughty. They first jump in and out of an old bath tub filled with dirty water and get soaked, then they tease a snail, climb an oak tree, drop acorns on a sleeping neighbour. They then go home run upstairs without taking their wet shoes off. In Alex's room they then tip everything out of the drawers and cupboards and then use the duvets to slide down the stairs. The terrible two then decide to mix a potion of all the things they found on Alex's mums dressing table. Its while they are doing this that they are called in for tea. And end up throwing the food around. When Will's mum arrives Alex's mum say that they have been as good as gold. Alex ends the story by saying if we've been good - what's naughty?

      My opinion.
      This book has a delightful story based on the antics of two small boys who basically get up to mischief all day. I think that those learning to read would find it easy to cope with as there are only a couple of short sentences on each page. The majority of the page is taken up by colourful illustrations of the boys and their different antics. I think that the amusing pictures enhance the story and help the young reader to develop their reading skills and vocabulary of everyday words. I use it as a story book for my grandchildren, as they are only toddlers and we tend to look at the pictures more at the moment and talk about the 'naughty boys'.
      I think it is an appealing story that youngsters will be able to relate to because of some of the things the two boys get up to but hopeful they'll not follow the examples given.

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