Thursday, 4 November 2010

You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart

October 2010, Corgi Children's
32 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Non-fiction, Children's (early years)

Lots of stickers, words and illustrations about the world

Summary from Random House Children's Books
Imagine you could go anywhere, with anyone and do anything. Where would you live? Where would you sleep? Who would be your friends? What games would you play? Go on . . . You choose! 
With a simple text and vibrant illustrations children will love creating their own stories and letting their imagination run wild!

Now with a wonderfully fun story sticker frieze! Readers have the power to decide how the story should unfold. With over forty vibrant stickers, their creations can be as normal or as wacky as they want –simply hours of fun!

Nayuleska's thoughts
The sticker frieze is perfect - the words are written clearly, with gaps for readers to place a sticker of their choosing onto the frieze. This allows the reader to create endless combinations. The frieze is folded into the front of the book. The rest of the book has it's pages filled with dozens of different objects/people places. Some I didn't even think of until prompted by the book. I read a few books like this when I was little, and I remember staying curled up in bed in the morning, making up stories as I looked at the different objects before me. In this book, the readers follow two friends and their cat, spotting which each of the characters like on a page. I feel this book could be used for many things - seeing how other people live, exploring jobs and hobbies, as well as getting ideas to fuel the imagination.

  • Categories covered in the book 
    • Places
      • (I like outer space)
    • People
      • My favourite was the alien
    • Homes 
      • Not all are houses - one is a fairy toadstool 
    • Furniture
      • I like the fountain
    • Transport
      • I like the moped
    • Food
      • Chocolate cake is always a winner
    • Clothes 
      • The kimono is in purple! 
    • Shoes
      • I like the platform boots
    • Hats
      • There's a tiara here
    • Pets
      • I'd love a dragon or a unicorn
    • Job
      • Shamefully they didn't have a writer. So I'll (in this imaginary world I wouldn't have hayfever)
    • Hobbies
      • Ideal hobby (that I don't do) - pottery! I liked it how a boy was knitting :) 
    • Beds 
      • The funniest one was the alien in its alien bed :) 
Final conclusion:
A brilliant book for developing young imaginations, stories, and exploring the world.

Check out The Great City Search and The Great World Search

1 comment:

The Slowest Bookworm said...

My 4 year old son has this book and we love discussing all the different options in the book. Makes for conversational skills