Wait! by Beck and Matt Stanton

Published: 19 March 2018 Goodreads badge
ABC Books
Pages: 32
Format: Picture Book
★   ★   ★  – 3 Stars

‘Wait! Just wait!’ You find yourself saying this all the time, right?

Well, we’re sorry, but you’re gonna hate this book!

This book is going to make you wait too. Once you and the kids start reading it, you can’t do anything else until it’s finished.

You’ll just have to … wait.

And the kids will love it!

I love the Stanton Drive Kids Crazy books and this is another to add to the list. While it wasn’t as funny as the others to read to yourself, I can see how reading this out loud would be a fun activity, and one that certainly plays up to the words in the book.

The creative use of the text to infer and influence speech is amazing and when you have wiggler and impatient people then this is a great torturous read. There are multiple activities to do while you ‘wait’ with each page, humming, patting your head, wriggling your toes. It’s also makes you stay by saying you aren’t allowed to leave until you finish, which also brings in great grown up involvement as well.

Beck and Matt have definitely tapped into a great formula with these books and it goes against usual reading conventions by making you very aware you’re reading a book and lets you interact with it in innovative ways.

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Did You Take the B from my _ook? by Beck and Matt Stanton

Published: 21st March 2016Goodreads badge
 ABC Books – AU
Illustrator: Beck and Matt Stanton
Pages: 32
Format: Picture Book
★   ★   ★   ★  – 4 Stars

Ok. Two things you need to know. Firstly, your favourite thing in the whole world is the letter B. And secondly, you’re about to sneeze and all the Bs are going to be blown out of the book. So until you can get your favourite letter back, you’re about to sound really, really silly … 

This is ideal to read aloud as it provides a great chance to make silly noises and say silly things. The book certainly lives up to the claim that it will drive kids crazy because it’s interactive and funny and gets sillier as it goes along.

I liked the simplistic format and the changing colours of the pages. I enjoyed as it became more dire with the missing letter than the previous words came into play which makes reading it aloud more of a challenge and certainly funnier to hear.

The chance to let kids yell things out and have input in a story is rewarding and it teaches them about words that start with B at the same time.

I think the Stanton’s have done an excellent job creating an enjoyable story that both kids and adults can love and it’s clever which is always a bonus with picture books.

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