Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Tragic Tale of Dwayne the Eating Monster by Valentina Mendicino (Top That! Publishing)

Fab books about monsters probably make up about 3/4 of our current book collection but there's always room for one more. Even a very hungry fellow like Dwayne, the star of this colourful and cartoony lift the flap book.

Dwayne is always hungry. You name it, he'll eat it (yes, even Grandma's overcooked cabbage!) and of course because Dwayne is a gastronome of some repute, he needs a constant supply of food glorious food!

So when Dwayne's cupboards are bare, he turns to other sources of sustenance. Even the neighbour's cat (and kids) aren't safe from Dwayne's rapacious appetite!

Valentina's beautifully designed book has lots of interesting 'lift the flap' pages as you try to guess what Dwayne has guzzled. There are lots of great surprises for younger children as they use the pages and clues before revealing what's tucked up inside Dwayne's tum.

As Dwayne's eating goes horribly out of control, Dwayne gets bigger, and bigger, and bigger - and soon he's consuming entire cities. What happens when he gets too big for our humble little planet?

We'll let you find out by diving in. With lovely colourful foodie illustrations, and Dwayne himself - the star of the show, there's lots of fun to be had with this book. Just don't try eating famous landmarks at home!

Charlotte's best bit: Dwayne eating the poor moggie and doggie! Naughty Dwayne!

Daddy's favourite bit: A great 'lift the flap' idea, with lovely clear and delicious looking illustrations.

(Kindly sent to us for review by Top That! Publishing)