Wolfman by Michael Rosen and Chris Mould
|Wolfman by Michael Rosen and Chris Mould|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Lorraine McDonald|
|Summary: People are panicking. The police are afraid. The army have run away. Who or what could possibly be so scary? It’s Wolf Man. And he’s on the loose. If you are brave enough, read on and find out why he is so angry. With a a graphic layout designed to be dyslexia friendly, this is a scary-funny book to be enjoyed by all.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: June 2014|
|Publisher: Barrington Stoke Limited|
People are panicking. The police are afraid. The army have run away. Who or what could possibly be so scary? It’s Wolf Man. And he’s on the loose.
Wolf Man IS scary. He’s all wild eyes and gangly, hairy limbs bursting out of too small clothes. And, I should mention his razor like claws so sharp there are three jagged tears in the front cover.
Wolfman is a picture book with all the elements of an accomplished short story. There's humour in the illustrations and the telling. There are splendid characters whose traits are swiftly, yet convincingly painted. To round it all off there is a surprise ending. On first read I was struck by what a good choice this would be for early readers. A little further investigation, prompted by a cover sticker, revealed an extra facet to this publication. It is designed to be dyslexia friendly. There is a clear font and the text layout avoids any of the clever tricks that seem to pepper so many children's publications. Words that vary in size, font style and positioning in relation to graphics, are imaginative but off putting to beginner readers, dyslexics and those with reading difficulties. And the great thing is that for parents with dyslexia this book is a great help in allowing them to read to their children.
Wolfman is in no way a worthy book aimed at a niche market. The story could carry it alone. This is no surprise as the author is the illustrious Michael Rosen of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt fame. Pair his story telling skill with some splendidly scary illustrations by Chris Mould and Wolfman is a winner. And that is nothing to be afraid of.
To experience more animal magic from Michael Rosen, try The Bear in the Cave by Michael Rosen and Adrian Reynolds. For another dyslexia-friendly book which dyslexic parents will appreciate we can recommend Freddy and the Pig by Charlie Higson and Mark Chambers.
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