All Afloat on Noah's Boat - Tony Mitton
Noah's Ark is busy and noisy, and it's not long before the animals begin to get grouchy. Clever old Noah hatches a plan for an incredible creature cab...
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Review of "All Afloat on Noah's Boat - Tony Mitton"
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We own a collection of picture books illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees originally purchased as a set from the Book People website. Amongst them is this colourful story about Noah's ark - All Afloat on Noah's Boat which is written by Tony Mitton.
The AuthorTony Mitton is a popular author of picture books for young children with his best known examples including Spookyrumpus, Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus and Down By The Cool of the Pool, all of which we also own, amongst many others. All of the books share an easy to read format with the clever use of rhythm and rhyme.
Based on the Bible story of Noah and his Ark this story understandably features a whole range of animals from the familiar to the exotic. In this version of the story all of the animals find it tough going being contained in the Ark for such a long period and arguments start to ensue. Noah has to think of an event to capture everybody's attention and recognise each others' talents and skills.The story is simply told with a fast pace due to the rhyming language used. The vocabulary included is relevant for the target age group, with the most challenging words including hyenas and caterpillars. The story is supported by really bright and colourful illustrations, with the residents of the ark being particularly attractive and eye catching, thanks to the talents of Guy Parker-Rees.
This particular story has a recommended age recommendation of ages two plus according to the back cover. Whilst I wouldn't restrict access to any book based purely on age, I do feel that two is probably slightly too young to get the most out of this delightful story. This is a relatively long story with a lot of text so I suspect some toddlers might lose interest before the end of the story. By three years of age, most children should be interested in the rhythm and rhyme and find that the story holds their attention throughout. Slightly older children are likely to get the most enjoyment out of the story, particularly if they are already familiar with the Bible story of Noah's ark and able to make more sense of the storyline.At the upper end of the age range, I would suggest that most children would have outgrown this by the age of six. The simple language and the easy rhyming words would make this a good choice as a reading aid for young readers to enjoy independently but they may well choose a more challenging chapter book as a book to be read by an adult.
Price and Availability
This book is widely available and can be purchased from Amazon for £6.99 for a paperback version. I would highly recommend buying this as part of the Guy Parker-Rees set as the Book People still have the collection available for just £10.99 for ten colourful picture books, although postage costs will also apply.
Overall RecommendationWhilst this has never become a personal favourite of my youngest son, this is a bright and engaging picture book which is easy to read and enjoy. The story itself might not be the best but the colourful pictures and fast paced rhyme help to make this a good choice for children from around three to five years old.
Product Information : All Afloat on Noah's Boat - Tony Mitton
Manufacturer's product descriptionNoah's Ark is busy and noisy, and it's not long before the animals begin to get grouchy. Clever old Noah hatches a plan for an incredible creature cabaret to get the Ark swinging again.
Publisher: Orchard Books
Subgenre: Picture books
Title: All Afloat on Noah's Boat, All Afloat on Noah's Boat!
All Authors: Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
Author: Tony Mitton, Tony Milton & Guy Parker-Rees
Listed on Ciao since: 03/08/2009