Dodo Doo Doo by Kaye Umansky and Korky Paul

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Dodo Doo Doo by Kaye Umansky and Korky Paul

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Category: For Sharing
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Ruth Ng
Reviewed by Ruth Ng
Summary: Funny rhyming tale with wonderful, quirky illustrations.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: September 2010
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN: 978-0340950579

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We're big fans of the Winnie the Witch stories in this house, so we were very interested to see this new book with the same illustrator, Korky Paul. He's teamed up here with Kaye Umansky, who I already like from reading her stories for slightly older children, so we sat, eager with anticipation, to see what sort of story they'd come up with...

It's the story of a lady who meets her friend Fred whilst walking in the woods one day. Fred is looking for a Dodo, and is fully equipped with everything he thinks he'll need to help him find one for he claims to be a Dodo expert. The lady, adamant that Dodos are extinct, finds herself proved wrong as they discover first the Dodo's doo-doo and then the Dodo herself. Sadly, all does not end well for the Dodo since the lady ends up slipping in some Dodo doo-doo and smashing the Dodo's one and only egg!

There's a bit of a tongue-twister element to this story that makes it a lot of fun to read aloud. Of course, stories involving poo are perennially delightful to small children, so all the mentions of doo-doo, and the birds holding their beaks at the smell provide great entertainment throughout the story. If you're looking for serious, educational literature for your three year old then this is not the place to be, but if you just want to have a giggle together then it's perfect!

Korky Paul's illustrations are, as always, a delight. They're funny, both in relation to what's happening in the text and also with little background details too. There are birds with a variety of different things in their beaks, pre-historic looking creatures lurking behind trees and, of course, the Dodo herself.

The rhyming text is funny and has a great rhythm to it for reading aloud. The balance between Fred's confidence that the Dodo will be docile and friendly, and the lady's scepticism work well to build suspense as to what will happen, and the closing page is a great finish. It's a great, silly story and stands up to repeated readings. My daughter and I both enjoyed it, and I am looking forward to reading it aloud at our play group's story time!

I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to The Bookbag.

Further reading suggestions:

Korky Paul's other stories are definitely worth a look. And older children reading for themselves might enjoy some of Kaye Umansky's longer stories.

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Buy Dodo Doo Doo by Kaye Umansky and Korky Paul at Amazon You can read more book reviews or buy Dodo Doo Doo by Kaye Umansky and Korky Paul at Amazon.com.

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