Sunday, March 2, 2014

Jonathan by Peter Carnavas illustrated by Amanda Francey

I love a book that starts at the end papers, and this one does. Jonathan, stuffed rabbit abandoned, hands in pockets, head down and kicking a stone...he is not happy…he wants something fun to do. 

Jonathan’s idea of fun is to scare members of his family, so he dresses as a lion and hides behind the curtains, and jumps out at Dad, Dad’s response is 

Not scary, Jonathan.’ 

No matter what scary animal he tries to be, no one gets scared. When Jonathan finds himself climbing a bumpy green hill, he just might have found the scary thing he was looking for.

This is a simple story that would be great to read aloud with all of the scary animal sounds, and it had a little twist at the end that I didn’t see coming and it made me smile.

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