Most people with small children will probably know some of Jeffers’ work which includes How to Catch a Star, Lost and Found, Up and Down and The Way Back Home and many magnificent others. To be honest this was the first of his that I came across. I picked it up because I liked the cover. By page four I was hooked and it wasn’t long before I was laughing out loud in the shop – at that stage you really must make a purchase…
What’s so good about it?
The story is simple but full of humour. Every time you think it has got as ridiculous as it can he steps it up another notch. But at the same time, considering how much of the book is basically a list, it never dips in pace or loses interest in even quite young readers. I do think there are levels though. My four year old daughter has enjoyed this book since she was two and still doesn’t really see why the joke at the end is so funny! Adults will enjoy it too and it bears re-telling over and over again which is vital in a bedtime book.
And in school?
This would work well in any class in mainstream and also in special schools. I backed it up with models / photos of objects in my special class and had a discussion about which things would be possible / impossible and wise / unwise to throw. We followed this up with a practical test where we threw the objects from our possible and wise lists through a hula hoop 😄.
This book is a great example of why I dislike age recommendations. My recommendation: ages 2-102