The Big Blue Thing on the Hill (Hardback)Yuval Zommer (author)
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Publisher: Templar Publishing
Number of pages: 32
Weight: 477 g
Dimensions: 273 x 12 x 240 mm
Zommer makes a rousing debut with a story about forest creatures faced with a menacing adversary. "It's a meteorite!" cry the bears. "It's a spaceship!" shout the wolves. Spoiler: it's a VW microbus, and it stops right at the top of Howling Hill, the very spot where boars, badgers, bears, and foxes practice making terrifying noises at night. Several plans to defeat the so-called Big Blue Thing fail ("They huffed and puffed as they pushed and shoved with all their might") until the Wisest Old Owl instructs the animals to organize the local insects into a Big Bug Flying Squad, whose swarms achieve in short order what howling and growing could not. Zommer's digital artwork retains a cozy, painterly sense as he gives the boars splotchy coats, the insects delicate wings, and the microbus dainty white curtains (its human inhabitants never emerge). Best of all are his hilarious predators, whose cross-eyed stares, sheepish expressions, and toothy grins make them instantly loveable. Children will delight in the creatures' dogged efforts to reclaim their home, and they'll appreciate the bonus ending-after-the-ending, too. Ages 3-7. * DL Reviews *
The residents of a peaceful and sleepy forest near Howling Hill are puzzled to discover a Big Blue Thing has appeared in the middle of the night. What could it be, and how can they get rid of it? In this hilarious tale the animals try all manner of mad-cap schemes to make the Big Blue Thing move on, but what IS this mysterious creature? A very clever story, beautifully illustrated. -- WRD * WRD Books *
What is the blue monster on the hill, wonder all the animals. They all agree it has no place on their beautiful and peaceful hill so in turn the foxes, wolves, warthogs and even the bears try to scare it away, all to no avail. But then wise owl suggests sending the smallest creatures in - success! This is just brilliant to read aloud, with all the wonderful sounds and language for children to share. The delicate illustrations perfectly capture the beauty of nature in wondrous variety and superb attention to detail - each is a work of art in its own right. A beautiful book to treasure and enjoy over and over again. * Parentsintouch.co.uk *
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