Sally Sutton, illustrated by Gary Venn
Ben And The Icky-Ooky-Sticky-Smick
Walker Books 2013 $29.99hb 28 pages
ISBN 978 1 9215 2900 9
Themes: Grandfathers/ Insects as pets
Poor Ben! His pet Icky-ooky-sticky-smick is missing and although most of his family are pleased to be rid of what they consider is a most unwelcome visitor to their house Ben persists in searching and so does Grandpa. Many other unusual insects come to light during the search (a cribble-crabble-scuttle-snucks plus a lurcky-murky-dottle-spot and a poople-popple-piggle-snops) but it is not until a long trail of pop-corn (the insects’ favourite food) is laid that the whole collection is together again. This is a book to have real fun with from savouring the wonderful insect names (and making up some more) to investigating the digitally created illustrations. I have a feeling that the author and illustrator must have had fun putting it together as well.
Preschool to Year 2/ Ages 3-6
(Sally sent me this photo of herself)