Friday, September 26, 2014

Calm Down Boris - a book review

Quote of the day:

"Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested throughly. "  - Cornelia Funk

Featured book of the day:

Title: Calm Down Boris!
Author and designer:  Sam Lloyd
Ages:  2-6

Let's take a peek inside:

About the book:

This wonderful, interactive book has all the components of a winner.  Boris, a loveable, furry, orange monster is a puppet. You stick your hand through the back of the book and make him come alive as you narrate the story (and of course manipulate him to give gobs of kisses to everyone in sight).  Boris is a hyper, excitable little creature who wins your heart immediately.  A trip to the local park becomes a team effort as you groom the little guy and and check his fur for bugs.  Boris loves and appreciates your gestures so much he piles loads of kisses on you to which you respond, "Calm down Boris?" "It tickles."

Boris is so ravenous from his park romp that he needs to refuel.  He is starving!  You then help him with his picnic lunch and he is so happy that he nibbles on your fingers, "Sorry", says Boris while smothering you with lots of kisses.  You reply by saying, "Calm down Boris!" Your kisses are too tickly!"

The other little monsters in the park are afraid to play with him because he is so big and loud and yes, "scary" to them.  Then a strange thing happens.  A big old dog jumps the fence sending the minuscule monsters running to hide .... but what does Boris do?   Boris finds a way to calm the situation which calms the fleeing flock which calms everyone's fears. Boris saves the day! "Kissy, kissy well done, Boris! Kisses all 'round.....come here...... :)

About the author:

Sam Lloyd studied at Brighton University where she gained a BA Hons in Illustration. Now Sam is the author and illustrator of many successful picture books for children. Her picture books include Happy Day, Sad Dog which won the Sainsbury’s Baby Book Award in 2003, Mr Pusskins which won the Booktrust Pre-School Award in 2006 and the V & A Illustration Award. Most recently Calm Down Boris published by Templar in 2006 has been chosen by Richard and Judy for their Christmas Picks.

As well as writing and illustrating books, Sam also enjoys yoga, swimming, camping and doing outdoorsy things. She has been all over the world, including travels to India and Australia. Sam also does a lot of voluntary work with children, painting murals.

Book Review Rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!   Kissy, Kissy!

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