Who's At The Door? - Jonathan Allen
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Enjoying the lovely summer holidays with my girls!
Both my daughters love traditional fairy tales but they also love ones that are a little bit quirky and different - the sort of stories that twist around the events they know so well and provide a slightly different slant! Therefore it was no surprise when my daughter came home from Nursery with her latest library book - Who's at the Door? by Jonathan Allen. Even from the cover - a picture of three little pigs conspiring together while a wolf's ear and arm are seen stretching round the door! - I could see why it had appealed! It also states on the front that it is a 'split page surprise book' so that sounded very exciting too!As you have probably guessed by now, this story has a close association with The Three Little Pigs story that children know and love so well. You know - the one where the wolf keeps trying to blow their houses down. He doesn't fare very well in that story, and believe me; he doesn't do any better in this one either!
At the start of the story, the reader is told that three little pigs live in a house in the forest. The big bad wolf also lives in the forest and he desperately wants to eat the pigs for his dinner but first he needs to get into their house so he has to come up with a cunning plan. He decides to gain entry by disguising himself as an old lady complete with flowery hat. He knocks at the door and as the pigs peep out the window they debate whether to open the door. They do but immediately see through the wolf's disguise and send him off straight away. The wolf keeps coming back in different disguises but each time the pigs recognise him straight away and do not let him in. Finally, they decide they have had enough and plan to get their own back on the wolf by disguising themselves in such a way that they will scare the wolf off for good. Their plan works and the pigs have a party to celebrate!The layout of the book is very clever and this is where the split pages appear. Each time the wolf knocks on the door, there is actually a door that takes up half a page that you open by turning over the page. When the door is closed, you see the three pigs all lined up by the wall each saying something through the means of a speech bubble. You also get to see the outline of the person who is outside the door because there is some frosted glass at the top of the door. However, when the door is open, the disguised wolf is revealed asking to come in. The three pigs remain in the same positions, but now they have new speech bubbles, generally airing their suspicions about their latest visitor. My four year old loves this aspect of the book and loves being the one that opens the door every time. Also, each time she recognises the word, KNOCK which is written in bold capitals and enjoys saying this very loudly.
I think the text is very accessible to young children and I like the use of the speech bubbles because they make it very clear who is speaking and what they are saying. It's also fun to try and put on different voices, particularly for all the wolf's different disguises!This is a fun story which is also accompanied by some bright colourful illustrations which definitely help to tell the story. The door opening each time is integral to the plot and really works well. This also really helps my daughter to be involved with the story telling too which she loves. It's a great little story and the fact that it has such recognisable characters makes it all the more appealing to little ones.
Oh, and just when you thought the story was all over, there are some more surprises on the inside covers! There you will find lots of mini conversations and joke telling between the pigs and the wolf - usually with the wolf not coming out of them too well. Here's an example:Pig: What do you get if you cross a stupid wolf with a kangaroo?
Wolf: I don't know Piggy, what do you get?
Pig: A big, thick jumper!
I'm afraid that they are all that corny but my daughters love them and I can never get away with not reading these as well as the story!Who's at the Door? is published by Orchard Books and is currently available on Amazon, used, from £3.21.
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Author: Jonathan Allen
Listed on Ciao since: 24/07/2009