“ Author: Sam Lloyd / Format: Hardback / Date of publication: 01 March 2008 / Genre: Interactive & Activity Books & General / Subcategory: Picture & Activity Books / Category: Interactive & Activity Books & Packs / Publisher: Templar Publishing / Title: You're Not So Scary, Sid! / ISBN 13: 9781840117882 / ISBN 10: 1840117882 „
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A lovely book that is not only a regular bedtime read in our house but a way of enticing my daughter to go to bed by saying 'lets go and find Sid' and hiding the book somewhere in her room. Despite having read it to her since she was very little she never seems to cease enjoying it and as a parent it's definately more fun with a nice simple story (which I now know off by heart).
By having the puppet you can make it more interactive and make Sid come to live eating the noses, toes, fingers thumbs of the listener and throughout the book there are little prompts to the children (eg sit on your hands so sid can't get your fingers) to get them involved and I think these two things are the main reasons this book is so successful.
The illustrations are very well done and the story is a perfect length for bedtime. It's just a fun story written well and able to be enjoyed by both child and parent over and over which is unusual for a favourite book normally someone gets bored of the same story over and over but Scary Sid seems to offer enjoyment time and time again.
You're not so scary Sid is a wonderful tale of a rather scary monster named Sid. He lives in a dark cave and just loves to eat noses, toes-es, fingers and thumbs! But is Sid really as scary as he seems? What would he do if your child roared at HIM?
This book is wonderfully designed as a mobile puppet show. There is a circle cut out throughout the whole of book and parents put their hands in the back to move the actual hairy mouth of Sid the monster. Each page is beautifully designed so that Sid's mouth is always in the right place.
The story itself is quite short but wonderfully told and illustrated and due to the puppet nature of the book, is incredibly interactive. Young children will absolutely love it when you move the mouth of the monster and love to have a go themselves too.
My daughter got this when she was two years old and it was a firm favourite for a long while. She gets it out from time to time even now (at the ripe old age of four and a half!).
You're Not So Scary Sid is a companion title for Calm Down, Boris, winner of the Richard & Judy Best Book for Children award in Christmas 2006. It is published by Templar Publishing and carries a retail price of £8.99.
I bought my little grandson this book after he was born almost 2 years ago, I bought it because the name Sid was my grandfathers name and since he had died and my grandson never was given the chance to meet him, I thought when he was older I could tell him all about his great great grandad and his memory would live on with this book for my grandson.
The book is really cute, it is quite a large book, and it is a hard back, the pages are hard also and so it cannot be torn when reading it tells the story about Scary Sid who lives deep in the forest, and it has a cute furry hand puppet attached to the book, the child or adult can put their hand into the puppet and wave it around and I often play games with the puppet with my grandson and he finds it quite amusing.
The book also tells the story about Scary Sid and describes himself to the child, it also tells the child to put his or her hands into the puppet as the story goes on, it asks the child questions and as the story comes to a close, it tells the child that it is all fine, and he is not scary at all, and that monsters can be fun etc, and nothing to be affraid about at all, there are lots of pictures and objects in this book that a child can relate to, my grandson can identify some of the pictures and it has helped him enormously to remember what he has been taught.
I really like reading this book to my grandson and he always holds my hand and takes me to the cupboard where I keep this book for safety, so he can read it when he visits, he loves me to read this one as he really loves the book with the puppet feature as it is amusing for him, and it is a story he likes as it is fun and also a good learning book for him to recognise that the puppet which is a monster, is not as scary as he would imagine it to be, he can easily place his hands into the puppet and have lots of fun, while reading and learning too.
This book is fabulous for parents or grandparents to read and to have fun, it is advised not to leave this book unsupervised if it is for a very young child the age of my grandson as the puppet has a felt tongue and a child can easily place it into his or her mouth if not supervised, a safety precaution and common sense as we all know.
I bought this book from one of those cheap book shops in shopping centres for only around £3 at the time, and I am pleased I bought it as we have had so much fun reading this one and we love the puppet feature as it is adorable.
This is the first book review I have written and I do hope I have written it nice enough and not given the story line away too much, and I appreciate anyone who has read this review.
I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review.
I used to work in a primary school and as such we used to regularly get book sellers and things coming to leave products in the staffroom in the hope that we would buy one. I was forever buying books for my son as I think you can never have too many books. One day I stumbled across a really interesting looking book. This book was You're not so scary, Sid! By Sam Lloyd. It was first published in 2008 by Templar publishing and is the sequel to the Richard and Judy Best book for children 2006 "Calm Down Boris"
The book initially caught my attention as it was a fiery orange colour with a big horned monster on the front but more noticeably it had a puppet style section for the mouth. By this I mean you could put your hand through the back of the book into the puppet section and make the mouth of the monster move throughout the book. I knew my son would love the novelty of this book and so I snapped it up for around three pounds. It is selling on Amazon for £5.37 at the moment with free super saver delivery.
As you begin the book you find that Sid the monster seems quite grumpy and perhaps a bit scary as he wants to eat your fingers and things! My son used to love this part of the story as I would have my hands in the puppet part of the monster and would be trying to snap at his fingers! He used to sit on them so I couldn't get to them! As you progress through the book though you see that Sid really isn't as scary as what you think he initially is!
This book is great for sharing with your child and a different way of reading a book as there is so much role play and interaction going on as the adult is pretending to be Sid the monster and the child is either hiding their fingers or trying to scare Sid in the end!
I think the book teaches us about how first impressions can sometimes be deceiving which is great, as it can lead on to discussions about this with your child. My son is quite a nervous child and can be quite shy around people, especially those who are loud and over the top and so this book has helped us talk about how sometimes people are not always what they seem.
I would definitely recommend that you add this to your child's book collection! I got this for my son when he was around three and he was fine with it but I have known other children get a bit scared by Sid but as a parent you know your child and how they will react to the monster and the story.
This is one of my one year old son's favorite books. He is still very young, so isn't too interested in the story - it's more the puppet he's interested in if the truth be told.
So the story is about a scary monster named Scary Sid. He likes to pretend to be scary and shout about eating children's fingers and toes, but it turns out in the end that Sid isn't so scary after all and would prefer to eat fish fingers.
I think that the story is would be gripping to a child of two or three, and also quite funny.
The length of the book - ten pages - is just long enough to keep a little one's attention before they get bored.
What my baby likes most about this book is the hand puppet of the monster which pokes through each page of the book. I just pop my hand in and Scary Sid comes to life, with me being able to make him snap, roar and chase the reader.
This is a great idea and it really makes the book more fun for the child - it makes my baby scream with laughter when I make Scary Sid bite his fingers. Also, if the kid gets tired of the story, you can always just play with the puppet to keep them occupied.
The illustrations are done in a quite surreal style - and are colourful and interesting to look at. There are lots of little details for example a lizard on a tree or a frog in the river - all extra things for the child to notice and look at.
I paid only £5 for this from a book club at work, and it's available online for just over £6.
In my opinion it is worth the cost as I have a feeling that my little one will be enjoying this book for as long as it lasts - which should be a while as it has a hard cover and pages.
I think that this is a lovely book, and the puppet makes it a lot of fun to read to littler children, while older kids can control the puppet themselves.
Great for ages one to three.
You're Not So Scary Sid by Sam Lloyd is another fabulous book in the collection which includes Calm Down Boris, Wendy the Wide Mouthed Frog and Hello Dudley.
These books are particularly unique as the main character in the story is a rather appealing hand puppet which sits on the back page and peeps though a circular window in each page. At the very back of each book there are instructions as to how to operate the puppet and a little statement advising that you use your best monster voice when doing so.
I was first attracted to Sam Lloyd's Calm Down Boris after reading a favourable review on DooYoo. Soon after purchasing the book, my mother spotted it and thought that it was fantastic, she then pledged to buy my little boy the complete set and You're Not So Scary Sid was the very next book she bought for him.
Sid is a monster who lives in a cave. He makes believe that he is very scary and will eat the fingers of any passers-by. At one point in the book we are asked to sit on our fingers so that Sid cannot eat them. We then discover that Sid is not as scary as he makes himself out to be and after giving him a big roar he sobs and asks to be taken home. We dry Sid's eyes and return him to his cave where he then eats his favourite meal of fish fingers; the only fingers Sid really likes to eat!
This book is so appealing as will draw your child in, it will prompt them to take part in certain actions such as drying Sid's eyes and the story, though simple, will keep them enthralled with the aid of the puppet.
The book itself is a sturdy board book and so it is suitable for smaller children who might otherwise tear or chew at the pages. It is quite a large book and so children can enjoy reading along or simply looking at the colourful illustrations throughout. Its shiny surface makes it relatively easy to wipe clean.
You're Not So Scary Sid is currently available from Amazon at £5.79 with free delivery, a great price and a valuable addition to any child's book shelf!
My family love You`re not so Scary Sid , my son recieved this as a birthday gift and every evening before bed he has to have this story.
You`re not so Scary Sid is a hardback book and has a puppet running through the book which will fit an adults hand as well as a childs.
Scary Sid lives in a cave and he loves to be scary so he roars a lot which send my son into fits of laughter!
In the story your child is encouraged to sit on their hands and peep through their fingers.
After a lot of roaring the question is asked "Do you think Sid is as scary as he says he is?" This is when you child gets to roar back at Sid!
Sid of course isn`t so scary and he starts to cry and wants to go home , this is when my son usually dries the monster eyes and gives him a kiss!
Then we find Sid at home eating his favourite dinner Fish Fingers! Sid says sorry for being scary.
This really is an awesome book for the family to read together it has lots of pictures which make the story really interesting and at the moment my son is very interested in colours so he points out the different colours.
The book costs £8.99 and is well worth it! you will find it in Asda , Tesco and on Amazon. I would say it is for age 2 - 5 , my son is 2 and he loves using the puppet and scaring us!!