It’s not easy to be different especially for small people and often the feelings of exclusion are very overwhelming. This gorgeous picture book illustrates perfectly that being different is OK and will empower young readers to not only accept but embrace their differences.
For little Pink being a different colour to all the other dinosaurs seems an almost insurmountable problem and one which makes her despair. It’s certainly no fun when you try to play hide-and-seek with your brown, green or grey peers and you stand out like a beacon. She certainly doesn’t feel brave and strong as her mother encourages her to be.
But when Pink tags after all the other juvenile dinosaurs and they become lost, the little dinosaur finds that not only can she be brave but her very difference can be a salvation.
This is a truly delightful book – as one would expect from two such talented creators- and both text and vibrant illustrations will not only fully engage little readers but enable them to their own self-acceptance.
Highly recommended for small peeps from around 3 years upwards.
Andrew’s books are always such a joy and this one is no exception. For everyone who has felt as though they didn’t ‘quite fit’ in with everyone else here is the entree to embracing that difference.
Stumpy is not like the other Quigs. While they are all adept at jumping, Stumpy just can’t manage it – no matter how hard he tries. He is particularly afraid of the wide open spaces. Naturally his peers take great delight in pointing out his perceived shortcomings and continually mock him for those.
But Stumpy’s determination to succeed is his saving because his attempts to jump lead him to a marvellous discovery about himself. Having raised a child who is ‘different’ and my own personal joy and pride in her struggle to capitalise on her strengths whilst overcoming her difficulties, this book resonates with me largely. And for many of us in a teaching situation we will have children like these in our care who are likewise – and this provides them with a validation that their individual differences are more than just okay – they are to be embraced.
If you have little readers with the usual differences in abilities this is a perfect book to share and from which many rich and valuable discussions will evolve. Both text and illustrations are superb – as one has come to expect from this talented creator.
Highly recommended for readers from around Prep upwards.
You will find the teaching notes particularly useful.
With the surfeit of cookery shows most children will have seen at least part of one if not actually The Great British Bake Off. And they may well also be familiar with Jamie Oliver.
Now they can meet Flamie Oliver who attends the Ferocious Dragon Academy. Flamie is invited to attend the academy because he is very FEROCIOUS and the academy is where all scary dragons go to hone their deadly skills. There is just one small problem. Flamie really doesn’t want to be ferocious nor practise deadly skills. His passion is pastry and all he really wants to do is cook.
In fact, he is so enthralled with perfecting his culinary art, that when finals arrive, he fails all his tests miserably. Miss Puffitup the Head is not at all pleased and sets Flamie an additional test to make up for his abysmal marks. He is to kidnap a princess and EAT her! Argghhhh!
Flamie has no problem with the kidnapping part but as for the eating – well, that’s clearly just not going to happen. For a start, he can’t even think what other ingredients would combine with princess flavour.
Together the kidnapped princess and Flamie arrive at a solution which has all the other dragons as well as Miss Puffitup dead impressed and Flamie has no need to fret about failing his Dastardly Dragon Skills Degree. He’s the new star pupil of Miss Puffitup’s Brillant Baking Academy!
This is a fun read for children as well as a great reminder that it’s ok to be different and that everyone has different talents and personalities.
Highly recommended for young readers from around 5 years up
There are plenty of children who are different in some way or another and often they are subject to being ‘left out’. Dennis is quite an ordinary boy but he communicates in somewhat an extraordinary way. When his classmates do ‘show and tell’ Dennis mimes his news. Other children climb trees but Dennis would rather ‘be a tree’. The other children just don’t get Dennis and he becomes invisible and so quite lonely.
Then Dennis meets Joy and a perfect friendship is born. When Dennis kicks an imaginary ball Joy returns the serve. They don’t need words to express their friendship and Dennis realises that being a bit different is absolutely OK! In fact, it’s something very special.
We all know those children who don’t quite fit the ‘mould’ that others expect them to and this book would be a beautiful way to reassure them that they don’t have to and build their self-acceptance and self-worth.
Highly recommended for your young readers aged around 6 and upwards – and lovers of mim