Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Walter and the No-Need-To-Worry Suit by Rachel Bright

Rating 5 out of 5
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007445482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007445486

Ok I am about to go all fan girl on a picture book but I loved, loved, loved this book!

We watched this book being read on the kids show Bookaboo (which is a cute little show about a little rocker dog who can't play in his band unless he has a story book read to him). Both myself, 3 year old son, and partner thoroughly enjoyed it. You know a book is good when your non reading partner turns to you and says "that was a good story, lets get it". Okay don't need to tell me twice to but a book! So it is now on order wahoo.

Back to the book. It is about Walter, who worries about EVERYTHING. He is set to participate in the local sports carnival but his fears start to cripple him and threaten to ruin the day. Can Walter over come his fears and can his friends help him?

 I loved the tall take that is woven by Walters fears. Which is built on as the story progresses. When Walter is told not to worry he adds a fear to the fear previously mentioned. We were laughing at the silliness of the story as it progressed (the image below is from about half way through the book). But anyone who is worrier knows this is how your brain works.

The story is filled with rhyme and humour that children and adults alike will find themselves giggling and laughing out loud. From the cute names, to the descriptions; from the illustrations to the story. Everything about this story is fun and light hearted while carrying important story themes.

The book has a great message for kids (and an adult or two) about not worrying and letting things hold you back. Yes all these things could go wrong but if you let them hold you back you may not accomplish what you really want (in this case Walter may not even run a race he dearly wants to participate in). The other big theme explored is friendship and helping your friends out.

The art work is cute and colourful and I believe done by the author herself.

A fantastic book for any child but especially those who tend to worry. I highly recommend this book.

I found a youtube clip which is an advert of Bookaboo and has the first 2 odd minutes of the show. This includes a chunk of the book being read aloud.

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