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Kennett, Chris: Alpha Monsters.

** KENNETT, Chris Alpha Monsters Scholastic, 2011 unpged $16.99 ISBN 9781741697612 SCIS 1494586

Alpha Monsters is a colourful and fun picture book aimed at pre-school aged children. The story is based around young Freddy Jackson who falls into another world when lightning hits his tree house and he tumbles down the hollow tree trunk it is built on. At the bottom, he and his teddy bear are greeted by a friendly monster who needs FredSdy's help. As they journey through this land together on a quest to find the monster's missing teddy bear they meet every other monster from A to Z. The happy ending reassures the young reader.

The rhyming scheme throughout makes the story rhythmical and memorable for children who can join in with the telling of the story. Good use of alliteration also contributes to the sound effects. The illustrations are comical with plenty of funny incidents and visual jokes happening on each page. Alpha Monsters is a clever way of presenting the alphabet which children will enjoy reading, listening to and interacting with. It is a fun and educational text for those who, like Freddy, are also beginning the journey into a strange new world--the world of reading.

** Book by an Australian author or illustrator

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Author:Nolan, John
Publication:Reading Time
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2011
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