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Kiwi is on the hunt for some tasty huhu grubs. But clever poo-hoo grubs can outsmart an unassuming kiwi any day. Poor Kiwi is determined to prove he is a crafty creeper, a kiwi of considerable cunning... and to catch his next feed. He's off to hunt for worms. You have to be brainy to hunt those.
With deadpan narration and a hilariously lovable lead character, Scott Tulloch has brought to life an incongruous array of forest friends for the 5-8 year age group, in his first illustrated chapter book. Not for the easily offended.
Miss 5 has only recently started school and reading books herself, most of the time these are generally the books which she brings home from school each night as part of her home learning, although at times she has been enjoying reading other first reader type books which we have at home. When she saw me arrive home with 'Keep an eye on this Kiwi' as a possibility to review she was very very keen to do so, even though I reminded her that it may be a bit trickier to read than her usual books, however she insisted after all it was about a Kiwi and she has spent the last school term learning all about these lovely animals.
The book is 64 pages long and is classed as a illustrated chapter book suited for the ages of 5 to 8 years. The front cover is bright yellow with green writing which really stands out and of course there is an image of a Kiwi. The book is broken down into 5 chapters or different small stories with each one seemingly similar to a comic in my personal opinion at times, many of the pages also seem to be written in context as 2 different people talking which does add to the humorous content of the book. Miss 5 and I have read a chapter a night over the past week and I have to say I am pleased with just how easily Miss 5 has grasped the concept of the book and picked up on many new words from sounding them out, the book does have a lot of 'toilet talk' with words such as Poo-Hoo Grubs, Bum, and Farty-Kaboom and the likes but Miss 5 calls it the "funniest book ever".
This book would definitely appeal to a large audience of children especially boys, and I feel this would be a perfect book for getting them to enjoy reading as it does contain a lot of humour, very well suited to the specified age group. I shared this with my friends 8 year old twin sons who loved it and were in hysterics as they read it with no issues at all, it seems like the perfect book for having a good laugh with a friend. The images on each page are cute and funny and really illustrate well what the book is saying.
I wouldn't normally let my child read about toilet words and the likes as working in a daycare I have seen so much silly behavior from such books, however on this occasion the book is very well written and comical and i'd recommend if your wanting to get your child into reading.
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