Posts Tagged ‘Ben Cort’

The Shark in the Dark

Peter Bently and Ben Cort (illustrator)

shark in the darkWill the flustered fish become saltwater snacks, or can they come up with a plan to teach the mean, greedy shark a lesson he’ll never forget? With atmospheric underwater scenes and a terrifically toothy villain, this captivating rhyming story is perfect for reading aloud.
Tremendously funny – with a biting twist

This is a great story that starts off a little scarily, reminding us just how scary that big ol’ Shark is and then switches to the fish, scared and terrified and not wanting to be eaten today, thank you very much! As the shark turns up for his tea the fish all try to swim away as fast as they can and seek refuge with the Squid, who gives them some wise advice and helps them to save themselves.

Told in rhyme, with some very funny lines this is a great little story that has kept my boys’ attention as they are desperate to find out what happens and to watch the shark get his comeuppance!

Of course there is a happy ending and no fish are eaten in the making of this story! The fish play a great trick on the Shark and manage to keep him away. My boys enjoy the illustrations by Ben Cort and this has become a recent favourite on our book shelf.

Verdict: A recent favourite on our book shelf

Reviewed by Lesley

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication Date: May 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture book
Age: Picture book
Reviewer: Lesley
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: None
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Aliens Love Underpants (Boxset)


Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

Aliens Love Underpants
‘When aliens fly down to Earth,
They don’t come to meet YOU…
They simply want your underpants
I’ll bet you never knew!

Dinosaurs Love Underpants
‘Dinosaurs were all wiped out,a long way back in history.
No one knows quite how or why,
Now this book solves the mystery…

Aliens in Underpants Save the World
‘Aliens love underpants,
It’s lucky that they do,
For pants helped save our universe.
Sounds crazy but its true!

These three board books, presented as a boxed set were a birthday present to my now 3 year old last month. To say we pretty much know them off by heart now is an understatement!

The books are wonderfully chunky, around A5 sized and pretty toddler proof. Each book is told in rhyme as seen above which makes them very readable and appealing for little ones, and they are, quite simply, hilarious! Hat’s off to Claire Freedman and Ben Cort for these wonderful stories about Aliens, Dinosaurs, and their mutual love of underpants!

Joshua giggles away and enjoys pointing out all the hilarious things he sees on the pages, for example, Dinosaurs wearing lots of underpants on their legs, on their heads, on their horn’s etc and trying to rip them off of each other in a huge fight over underpants (that’s how dinosaurs were wiped out, in case you didn’t know!). These books I’m sure will also appeal to slightly older boys too, who will love all the underpants talk!

The illustrations are just lovely, also funny and bright and Joshua asks for these books to be read at most bedtimes currently.

Verdict: A great addition to the preschooler’s bookshelf. A really funny and enjoyable set of book

Reviewed by Lesley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 2009
Format: Board Books
Pages: 32 each
Genre: Picture Book, Sci-Fi
Age: Picture Books, Early Readers
Reviewer: Lesley
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: British Book
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