Book Review: All Shook Up! By Alain Crozon

  • All Shook Up! By Alain Crozon. Chronicle Books: San Francisco, 2015.
  • Board Book. Toddler and Early Preschool

Help your child learn body parts, opposites and numbers in this fun interactive book.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS BOOK

Interactive books are perfect for young listeners. It keeps him engaged while he learns during reading time. The child can move the animals on the page reinforcing the new words he hears. The pages are made of firm cardboard. Sturdy enough to have little fingers turning the page. This helps encourage Print Awareness. Print Awareness is understanding the parts of books and how one reads a story and turns through pages.

The book will teach your child opposites, numbers and new vocabulary. It has great words like Flutter, Wag, Wiggle, Strut and many more. As your child moves the animals on the page she will also learn the differences between front and back. Left and Right. Open and Shut. There is also simple counting from 1-4 which is a great way to use math in reading to help increase math literacy. The text has simple rhymes that will help her hear the different sounds that make up words.

It also has great onomatopoeia words like Huff! Puff! Whack. Smack. Crack! Remember onomatopoeia are fun ways to put names to sounds. The book also uses a literary device called polysyndeton. Polysyndeton is when you use punctuation in between words to give them more attention. For example the author uses this technique on page seven.

Be careful not to

Whack. Smack. Crack!

Notice how it draws attention to the rhyming text. It also makes it fun to read for the adults. It may be years before he will use this devise in his own writing but learning now that it is a way to express himself will reinforce the concepts he learns later in life.

The pictures are cartoonish, with minimal colors and the actions in the words directly relate to how the she will interact with the animals on the page.

I love simple books that contain so many rich opportunities for learning. I have even used these board books for my early readers.

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

After reading through the book a few times, reinforce the new vocabulary learned by having your child act out the different movements the animals demonstrate. Have her flutter and wag her arms. See if she remembers what the movements are and help if needed.

Learn more about the animals on the page. Go to the library and see where rabbits live and what they eat. Learn the differences between donkeys and horses. Books are a great jumping off point for learning how to research topics your child is interested in.

Practice opposites. In your house practice the difference between open and closed by seeing what doors are open and which are closed. Open up the refrigerator and talk about what is at the front of the shelves and what is in the back. Walk up stairs and walk back down or toss a ball into the air and call out up when it is highest and down when it hits the ground.

Also practice counting by doing simple drawings of the animals on the page. For example draw one butterfly, then two, then three and so on. Cut out the pictures and practice putting them in order with your child. You can even print out doubles and play a memory game.

I am sure you are a better artist than I am, but here is an example:

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WHAT TO READ NEXT

 

What are your favorite lift the flap or interactive books? Share in the comments section.

 

HAPPY READING!

Book Review: Big Bear, little chair By Lizi Boyd

Ages 2-5 (only because it is in hardcover not board book. Infants will enjoy the colors and pictures but will have more difficulty holding the book and turning pages on their own.)

Big Bear Little Chair is a beautifully illustrated book of opposites. It repeats the words throughout the story and links them all together at the end.

This is a great book for teaching VOCABULARY the author names a lot of objects and compares them to each other. The pictures are simple and beautifully drawn. Young children will be drawn to the black, white and red colors in the pictures inspiring PRINT MOTIVATION. LETTER KNOWLEDGE is also highlighted in the simple text that is easy to follow along. There is a little bit of rhyming but it isn’t present throughout the book. This book is perfect for very young ages but it is only in hardcover as of this review. It is the perfect color, text, and pictures for very young infants. Help you child handle the book

Skills Highlighted:

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Enhance the reading:

1. Look at the front page of the book with the child. Ask what she sees and what she thinks the book might be about.

2. Flip through the pages with the child without reading the text. Point out the pictures and name the object.

3. Point out the different parts of the book. The cover. The end papers (the pages on the inside of the cover that come before the title page. Next show the title page and name the author and let the child know the author also drew the pictures and wrote the story in this book. Continue through to the end of the book. Point out the author information on the dust jacket.

 

Take it further:

Go around the house and find objects of different sizes. Have the child compare the toys or household items and select which is bigger and which is smaller. Order them by size on the floor. You could also find similar items to the book.

Go for a walk and point out trees, light poles, cars, etc. Talk about the size of each. Play I spy with size. I spy with my little eye something taller than a bush but smaller than the light pole. Give clues and help the child guess what you are seeing.