Thursday, 8 May 2014

0 G is for Gravett, Emily : Again Review

G is for Gravett, Emily

Emily Gravett
An author , an illustrator, an artist, a book binder, Winner of Kate Greenway medal twice for Wolves and Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears - Much loved at The Bubble Ink.

Books that Bubble Ink has read :
Again, Dogs, Orange Pear Apple Bear, Matilda's Cat, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears, Blue Chameleon and Cave Baby.

Books read to the Bubbling:
All the above except Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

Bubble Ink pick:

Bubbling Pick:
Cave Baby [Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Emily Gravett]

Some more that we think are great:
Monkey and Me, The Odd Egg, Wolves and Wolves don't bite.

Since we already did Cave Baby, we will review Again.

The Book:
Again is written and illustrated by Emily Gravett

Available at a great price on here . Also check on  Flipkart here
Some More Emily Gravett - Genuis Gravett and at Great prices there.

The Bubble:
The book is a story of a baby dragon who gets a book to his mother requesting her to read him to sleep. The mother reads a story of Cedric, a red dragon who doesn't ever want to sleep , kidnaps princesses to make himself dinner , torments trolls and wants to do all of this AGAIN and AGAIN. Every time the story ends, the baby dragon in our story, demands it to be read "Again". The mother reads the book - this time, tweaking the story to trick the little one, saying Cedric should be sleeping at night. But, "Mom Proposes, Child Disposes" - "Again" says the baby dragon. She re-reads it, shortening it some more and eventually falls asleep herself. This angers the baby dragon that he eventually burns a hole in the book! 

The illustrations which show the expressions of the mommy and baby dragon are mind blowing. The book within this book is also illustrated very intelligently to depict what is happening in that story and in view of how the baby dragon visualizes it.

Bubble Ink's verdict:
There is so much to love about the book. The attention to detail in the illustrations, the intelligent way of incorporating a book within a book, the imagination that has gone into designing the book, the hidden messages in the illustrations to gel with the story , the furious little dragon blowing a hole in the book - reasons aplenty to love the book.

The inner story that is being read by the mother-dragon to the baby-dragon gets tweaked, shortened at every subsequent read by the drained out mom to trick the little dragon to doze off. Haven't we all done that ourselves to our book-loving children? Shortened the story, tweaked the story to convey it is bedtime and witnessed the rage of our little ones!

If you have got a book loving toddler , the one who demands a book to read again and again at bedtime, "Again" would definitely be that book.

We bought ours at the LightRoom Bookstore in Bangalore.
We give it 5-bubbles.

Bubbling's verdict:
The bubbling is a bit young to understand and appreciate the book in its entirety. But while we read the book, we adapt it to her level. So the actual story we read as is and the inner story is  usually modified / adapted to convey the message but we don't read that story aloud. 
But she gets the actual story well and she giggles says "Amma, Again!" and "Oh-Fire - Book gone!" - She loves the book no doubt, but not giving a bubbling rating on this one. 
We will come back a while later to have the bubbling read it completely.


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