Today, I went to the Cheltenham Festival to see the wonderful Rob Biddulph in brilliant fun-filled event. So many mini book lovers gathered in one place to enjoy storytelling and drawing- it was a joy to see their excitement and enthusiasm.
Everyone was very excited about the random appearance of some aliens, although Rob didn’t seem able to see them! Rob told the story of ‘Odd Dog Out’ (a huge personal favourite!), sending a clear message to all about having the confidence to be yourself.
Having shown us some wonderful photos of him growing up and his early artistic triumphs, Rob taught us all how to draw an alien before sharing his fabulous new tale, ‘Show and Tell’. Everyone enjoyed it so much!
We reviewed ‘Show and Tell’ for Reading Zone a little while ago so here’s that review…
It's show and tell time and Class 2L are full of enthusiasm and excitement. Mr Lumsden, their teacher, is offering a prize for the child who impresses him the most. Adam starts off with his treasure and each child who follows tries to outdo the one before. However will Mr Lumsden decide?
Rob Biddulph's books are always a delight and this is no exception. Told in bouncy, rhyming text, 'Show and Tell' is a real joy to read aloud. The antics of the children and their attempts to upstage each other are wonderfully silly, but the language used to carefully chosen and interesting, offering plenty to discuss and enjoy. The objects the children bring could also lead to much sharing and learning- why do we assume the monster is from Loch Ness? Where is that? What are Venus flytraps? Why are they snapping? And so on!
The children's names are in alphabetical order and the opening pages show them on their drawers (some with a silhouetted clue about their show and tell poking out) before we see the children sitting at their desks, ready for action, each with an alphabet card on their desk. This would be great for teaching the names of the letters of the alphabet (not the sounds) and alphabetical order.
Full of fabulous illustrations, each page is a joy to explore and there is the added bonus of a list of 'five things to be found in this book'. The observant reader will also enjoy following the adventures of the class pet. Even the cover is beautiful; remove the dust jacket to reveal even more pictures!
Ending with a lovely reminder about the importance of valuing the simple things in life, 'Show and Tell' is a brilliant story which is sure to become a firm favourite.
Always a pleasure to see, always great fun, Rob Biddulph is just wonderful- as are his books!
Show and Tell Rob Biddulph
Harper Collins ISBN: 978-0008317911