Thursday, 26 April 2012

Christopher Nibble - Review

Title: Christopher Nibble
Author: Charlotte Middleton
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2009
Found: Borrowed from library

What's It All About?!
Christopher, like all the other guinea pigs in Dandeville, looooooooooooooooves eating dandelions... In fact; Christopher loves them more than playing football! All the guinea pigs eat them for breakfast, lunch and tea, but soon all that munching means a decline in dandelion leaves... It also means that dandelions are soon off the menu and all that are left are chewy, cabbage leaves!

Christopher discovers what is probably the last dandelion in the whole world underneath his window and goes to the library to do some research. He resists the temptation to eat the dandelion and plants the seeds.... Soon, the guinea pigs are eating dandelions once more, and Christopher loves to grow them!
What I think is lovely about this story, is that it introduces a young audience to the importance of replacing and sustaining the environment.

It was put together very well, and was quite funny in places, it made me chuckle that the last dandelions could be bought over the Internet for quite a lot of money... (keeping up with the times, using technology that children recognise etc)

The pictures are bold and interesting; they held OJ's attention. I felt that the story had subtle layers that would appeal to the age range, for example; OJ is only two but he was grasping the idea of planting the seed to make more dandelions, as he gets older he will start to get the idea of why it is important to plant more seeds, and where our resources come from.

I would think that this book would do well being in a reception class topic box and used for spring/growing topics.

Remembered that OJ and mummy blew dandelion seeds. Asked for this story to be re-read!

Book worm rating:
 out of 5!

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