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The Great Aaa-Ooo

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As Mouse scampers homewards through the dark, rackety wood, he hears an awful AAA-OOO! What could be making that horrible howl? Could it be Owl, Moose, Bear or Goose? Or could it be . . . a monster?
Packed with stylish illustrations and lyrical text from talented author-illustrator Jonny Lambert (I Love You More and More, Little Why), The Great Aaa-Ooo is sure to become a bedtime favourite. This gorgeous animal picture book is perfect for reassuring children and toddlers who are scared of the dark or adjusting to sleeping in a big bed or in their own room.

Publisher: Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Hardback
Published: 11th August 2016
Number of Pages: 32

ISBN-13: 9781848692756

Age Ranking
  1. #775 of 850 books for Babies
  2. #1073 of 1825 books for 2 year olds
  3. #1437 of 1540 books for 1 year olds
  4. #1557 of 2085 books for 3 year olds
  5. #1688 of 2308 books for 4 year olds
  6. #1795 of 1818 books for 5 year olds
11 Book reviews
20th September '16
I read it (an adult)
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5 stars
Story

The Great Aaa-Ooo! is a picture book for readers aged 3–5+. The plot follows the animals of the forest as they come together to try to find out which creature is making a terrifying sound and keeping them awake at night.

The reader is introduced to the various animals and the sounds they make, and this creates a level of interactivity for young readers. The pace of the story and of the animal arrivals accelerates until they are not just arriving one by one, but in a group. As the back cover of the book warns, there is mild peril in the story, especially as the ‘monster’ gets closer to the characters.

The story is well rounded, with good visual clues and a hidden twist in it for you to spot. There is also a lot of humour in the way the creatures deal with their shared problem. The question of who is making the noise is resolved nicely and shows the animals’ kindness. As a bonus, there is a final laugh for you as you turn the last page.

Language

The ‘Aaa-Ooo’ call is repeated throughout, and this familiar refrain aids the flow of the story and the expectation of what’s coming next, as well as giving children plenty of opportunity to join in and echo the monster’s calls. Some of the lines rhyme with the sound to add to the effect, and other rhymes aid the rhythm of the text. Interesting words are used to convey details of the environment, such as ‘rackety wood’, or give extra characterisation, such as ‘Bear grumbled up the tree’, and there is plenty of alliteration (e.g. ‘horrible howl’).

The language helps to highlight the sense of movement in the story, where the animals actually clamber up the branches of the tree. Here, branches twang, twigs snap and leaves fly as a result of the creatures’ actions. The author also makes good use of spelt-out sound effects which fit in punchily between the illustrations.

Art style

The book’s art style is very appealing, with a two-dimensional, cut-out presentation. It has the look of hand-crafted layers of paper, with interesting textures and patterns. All of the pages are attractive double-page spreads, giving an expansive, landscape view of the scenes. The characters’ features are comically exaggerated which adds to their charm: Owl looks like a quotation mark, Bear is very rotund (like Winnie-the-Pooh), and Moose has a giant wingspan of antlers.

The background is printed in black throughout, as the action takes place in the woods at night. This stark contrast makes the colours appear all the more vibrant. The white text also stands out, rendered in varying sizes and in a loose, flowing font. When the noise in the forest becomes extra loud, the text can fill the entire page with massive capital letters. The paper stock the book is printed on is quite thick and a little rough, which allows you to turn the pages easily.

Final Thoughts

The Great Aaa-Ooo! has entertaining text and dialogue throughout, as well as exciting action and attractive illustration. It is a book that parents will very much enjoy reading with their children and it would be a great addition to your bookshelf because it is full of humour and likeable characters.
10th October '16
I read it to JackAttack aged 4
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5 stars
We absolutely love this story, the illustrations are lovely to just sit and look at and the story itself has been brilliant for getting my son to think about different sounds.
The great aaa-ooo is a story about forest animals being kept awake by a spooky noise that nobody knows what it is. By the end of the story they come to realise who is making the noise and that they don't need to be scared.
The language used is simple enough for my 4 year old son to try reading but with enough variety that he is learning new words.This has become a firm favourite at bedtime.
21st September '16
I read it to LewisT aged 2
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5 stars
We thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It is a lovely story about a so called monster making a noise and discovering what the noise is! Brilliantly written book with lovely animals! Would definitely recommend
23rd September '16
I read it to JackSmith aged 3
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5 stars
This is my son's new favourite book! Follow the animals journey in the woods to find out who is making that aaa-ooo sound! My son loves to do the aaa-ooo sound when we read this book. It's a fantastic, rhyming and engaging book perfect for pre-school children! 
2nd August '17
I read it to Littleone aged 3
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4 stars
My son and I both enjoyed The Great AAA-OOO. This was the first time that we had read a book together with so much text. I loved how the animal sounds were interjected so often throughout the book. It kept my son interested. The more times that we have read it, he More he has started joining in with the sounds. This is a great way of learning the various animal noises 

The ollustrations were fab and really stood out against the black backdrop. Jack loved identifying the different animals.
27th September '16
I read it to mapples aged 4 & to xapples aged 7 months
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4 stars
Fabulous! Illustrations are brilliant and the story is great. Prompted discussion with a 4 yr old about being unintentionally scary to his little sister and what it's like to feel scared. Good stuff!
27th September '16
I read it to Elo aged 3
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4 stars
I read this with my three year old. The pictures are really lovely and she loved the story and the animal noises. The only drawback was the monster word as she was fixed on monsters eating things/people but the book is a lovely way of trying to keep explaining to her that there isn't a monster and some scary things may not actually be something scary. 
26th September '16
Lgurr read it aged 5
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3 stars
 It was amazing.
20th September '16
I read it to Lolly aged 3
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3 stars
The graphics are vibrant and engaging - a funny tale of how you can be scared of something which isn't actually that scary - your imagination can run away with you!  I did find it quite hard to read in that some of it rhymed, and some didn't so well - I found it hard to get the right rhythm and wasn't sure how to approach it.  But we made it up and my 3 year old loves it which is the main thing - she likes to look at the animals and make the noises she thinks they would make!
21st September '16
I read it to ToyStoryTot aged 4 & to TwinkleBubs aged 1
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3 stars
The Great Aaa-Ooo showed lots of promise to be a wonderful book with it's marvellous illustrations that POP against the black background and a gripping narrative, but unfortunately it had a rather abrupt and lacklustre ending...which didn't go unnoticed by my 4 year old. The flow of the book began well, appearing to rhyme, but randomly halted and seemed rather disjointed - which was a big shame. On a positive note, the layout of the font was fun and my little people enjoyed joining in with the animal sounds, making it a fairly interactive book.
18th September '16
I read it to Soopa aged 1
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3 stars
This book is very visually appealing. A good-sized hardback with primarily black pages so the lovely illustrations really pop out. My daughter loved the animals but we were both a bit disappointed with the ending. We were expecting a bit more of a denoument but when we found out what it was making the noise it was a bit of an anti-climax. Lovely font used though and I can see how adults would choose this as a gift for children. 
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