Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Picture book review : Daniel O'Dowd Was Ever So Loud - Julie Fulton

Daniel O'Dowd Was Ever So Loud is the latest book in the Ever So series - we've already reviewed Tabitha Posy Was Ever So Nosy and Miss Dorothy-Jane Was Ever So Vain.

In this book, we meet a little boy called Daniel who really needs to turn the volume down !

He's so noisy that he causes all sorts of havoc, upsetting the animals at the zoo, annoying his teacher and even destroying the town's lighthouse.

However, his extreme noisiness turns out to be a blessing in disguise when he looks through a huge telescope made of cheese (yes, you did read that right !) and spots a huge meteor about to crash into the Earth. He whizzes off into space and shouts so loud that it disintegrates.

Daniel is a hero ! But he has to remember the wise words of his teacher about listening being even more important than speaking in order to get back to Earth !

It's a lovely fun story with an important life lesson for young readers and a huge dash of silliness thrown into the mix. Daniel is a bit of a rascal but his heart is in the right place and the crazy scientist is great fun too. Elina Ellis's instantly recognisable illustrations make it a delight to read at bedtime, with Pierre pointing out things that he's spotted in the pictures as I read. As it's written in rhyme, it's a really enjoyable book to read aloud.

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £6.99

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing (28 Jan. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848861184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848861183
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 0.3 x 26.3 cm

Disclosure : We received the book in order to write an honest review.

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