The Day The Gogglynipper Escaped by James McKnight and Mark Chambers

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The Day The Gogglynipper Escaped by James McKnight and Mark Chambers

Category: For Sharing
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Kerry King
Reviewed by Kerry King
Summary: Farmer McDoogle has a very unusual farm. And on this farm, there are no chickens, no sheep, no cows or pigs. Farmer McDoogle keeps monsters! A wonderful, fabulously illustrated tale that incorporates fantasy and fun with funny snapshot biographies of each monster.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: October 2011
Publisher: Top That! Publishing
ISBN: 978-1849564502

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One day, when rounding up the rather dangerous and often very smelly Gogglynippers, Diggle discovers that there are only nine of the purple monsters, instead of ten.

How is he going to break this news to Farmer McDoogle? Wouldn't he be very cross? Deciding not to take the chance, Diggle decides he will try to find the missing Gogglynipper before it got dark and before Farmer McDoogle could find out it was missing.

So Diggle and his dog, Noober, set off in search of the stinky beast and it's not long before they find it… but Diggle's real problems are just beginning because he's not quite sure how to persuade the Gogglynipper to come home with him.

With lots of giggles in store as Diggle begins to find out quite a lot about what Gogglynippers like and don't like, this is a terrific bedtime story with some proper laugh aloud moments (and not just from the enthralled four year old, either!), with enchanting illustrations (that put me very much in mind of Channel 5's The Little Princess) and plenty of mentions of poo and stinky socks which as any parent knows, is a great comedic recipe really for your average pre-schooler!

At a read time of approximately 4 to 5 minutes (depending really on how long you spend on the first couple of pages that have these delightful Ricky Gervais-esque 'Flanimals' type monster biographies) it makes it an ideal pre-sleep settler. Further, and most importantly, it rather skillfully navigates the 'monsters-are-just-pretend-and-not-at-all-scary; look-and-see-for-yourself' conversation that one is steers one's way around, now the nights are drawing in and particularly immediately post-Hallowe'en.

So to summarise, this book is terrific and I'm quite keen to discover some of the other monster adventures going on in and around Farmer McDoogle's farm. I can't help but recommend it to you because we really laughed and simply loved it.

For further reading, the occupants of our household, adult and child, rather enjoy a rhyming story – I've mentioned it before, but we adore Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and Winnie Under the Sea or The Misadventures of Winnie the Witch by Laura Owen and Korky Paul which are great fun and roll off the tongue to the point where your pre-schooler will soon know all the words and will be able to finish all the sentences for you!

Lastly, we at Bookbag would like to extend our thanks to the boys and girls at Top That Publishing for sending us this copy to review.

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