I read this book to my students and they commented on the illustrations that gave an insect’s view of the garden. They also responded to the personification of the Brussels sprout and could describe its emotions from the illustrations.
My students also enjoyed the anticipation of what the next scary thing might be and appreciated the humour when the scariest thing took us right back to the start of the story. It reminded them of a favourite big book “I’m the King of the Mountain”. The repetition of “Oh, woe is me” said the….” meant that the students could participate in reading the book together. This lends itself to a read aloud book and the CD means reluctant readers can listen to the story as they read the text.
All of these features enhance the reading experience and help to convey the author’s message.
I would recommend this book for children from 3-7 years.
Title: The Scariest Thing in the Garden
Author: Craig Smith
Illustrator: Scott Tulloch
Publisher: Scholastic NZ
Date of Publication: October 2017
Ages: 3-7 years
Reviewer: Trish Hereaka
School: Rata Street School