Posts Tagged ‘Kipper’

The Blue Balloon

Mick Inkpen

A boy and his dog, Kipper, find an ordinary-looking blue balloon with extraordinary powers. By folding out the pages, readers can make the balloon grow, change color, and carry the boy and Kipper high into the universe

This is the current favourite bed time story in our house for both my 2 yr old and my 4 yr old. It makes sharing a bedtime story so much easier when you stumble across books they both adore!

Lots of children love balloons and this definitely appeals to that fascination. The story is simple, a boy finds a balloon and it turns out to be an extraordinary, indestructible and very thrilling. This balloon can change shape, size, colour and even better, it doesn’t pop. It will even fly you to the moon.

This is all made more exciting by the different bits to pull or open out in the pictures. The enormous balloon has a page that opens out 4 times the size of the others. When the balloon is stretched a part of the page ‘stretches’ too, and so it goes on.

Verdict: The girls love the story and the pictures. It is a great book.
And for anyone interested in useless bits of information; this is also the story in which Kipper (the dog) makes his first appearance before going on to have his own series of books

Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Publication Date: July 2006
Format: Paperback
Pages: 42
Genre: Picture book
Age: Picture books, Early Readers
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: British book
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Little Kipper Miaow!

Mick Inkpen
Created by master storyteller, Mick Inkpen, there is a whole range of “Kipper” books to choose from: classic picture books, TV tie in picture books, novelty board books, sticker books, pop up books and much much more.
Kipper and Tiger find a kitten stuck in a conker tree, and attempt to get it down again.

Kipper is always popular in our house and this story is a current favourite for our youngest (17mths). These board book format “Little Kippers” have a simple story and are perfect for the little reader. She really likes being able to hold the book herself and can turn the pages (not always at the right time, I might add, and some pages are more popular than others!).

The concept of this story really appeals to Sienna as she understands what it means to be “stuck” somewhere. The light-hearted twist at the end has provoked comment from her older sister, who is now old enough to really understand the story. She also likes counting the conkers with Tiger.

The illustrations are lovely, clear, water-coloured drawings, and Kipper can be found, and pointed at, on most pages. If he isn’t there, one of his friends will be. They are closely related to the story and make it easy to follow even if the understanding of words is limited.

Verdict: As always, Kipper appeals to everyone, and this is another great addition to your Kipper collection.

Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Publication Date: July 2007
Format: Board Book
Pages: 18
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Picture Book
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A
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