Thursday, January 9, 2014

Crayon by Simon Rickerty (Simon and Schuster Children's Books)


Written and Illustrated by
Simon Rickerty

Published by Simon and Schuster Children's Books

Remember those fun and sometimes rather naughty little spidery characters from one of last year's "Book of the Week" nominees, Monkey Nut? Of course you do! Well they're back, and this time they're getting artistic!

In "Crayon", Red Spider and Blue Spider still don't quite see eye to eye on everything. Red Spider loves his blue crayon. Blue Spider loves his red crayon and both argue over which is better.

Simon Rickerty's largely wordless book relies on the knockabout comedy in his illustrations to convey the story in a fun and entertaining way just as with Monkey Nut.

"They are SO naughty!!" - Charlotte

There's also an equally satisfying 'pay-off' and twist at the end as both Red Spider and Blue Spider realise that working together and being friends (and having ALL the crayons, a sentiment we definitely identify with) is a far better idea than squabbling. This is a really fun and enjoyable book that Charlotte loves as a bit of a sneaky extra book at bedtime along with something a little longer (it's definitely a book that children younger than 5 are going to love to bits, particularly if they love characters who are exceedingly mischievous!)

Fabulous stuff from Simon!

Charlotte's best bit: Red Spider scribbling on Blue Spider. Very naughty!

Daddy's Favourite bit: Great fun little story, perfect for younger children

(Kindly sent to us for review by Simon and Schuster Children's Books)

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