Thursday, November 20, 2014

The end (Almost) by Jim Benton

Donut the bear is the star of his very own picture book and after a simple introduction he does a great big burp and that is the end of the book .... or is it?  The author may have intended the story to end with the burp but Donut has other ideas and he has some rather sneaky moves to try and stay in the story.  despite the best efforts of the author Donut is determined to stay, but maybe that is not such a bad thing after all.

I loved The end (Almost) and shared it immediately with a co-worker who also laughed out loud at the antics of Donut and the author.  Interactive picture books are pure gold as they allow the big person reader to be sucked into the story and provide the opportuntiy for the little person in the equation to get involved with the story too! (even if it means they are only reciting from memory rather than actually reading the story).

In many ways The end (Almost) reminds me of classic Mo Willems because it is fun and almost infectious in the way it sucks you in and encourages you to share - and the fact the characters are so accessible.  Donut is just adorable and has clear charm and appeal to adults as well as children - and I love the way he pushes his luck just like most of us would do in the same situation! 

If you like this book then try:
  • Circle, square, moose by Kelly L. Bingham; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • My friend is sad by Mo Willems
  • Elephants cannot dance! by Mo Willems
  • I broke my trunk! by Mo Willems
  • Don't let the pigeon drive the bus! by Mo Willems
  • Don't let the pigeon stay up late! by Mo Willems
  • New socks by Bob Shea
  • Don't push the button! by Bill Cotter

Reviewed by Brilla

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