Nina reviews Oi Dog!
Rhyme, rhythm and repetition are popular features of children's books – and they are incredibly important for early childhood education. These elements teach children to predict what is coming next, crucial to developing the ability to read and acquiring new vocabulary.
Nina and her dad have a grand old time reading together, even if it’s the same book over and over... it’s like she gets something new from each read. Recently the pair have branched out from touch and feel books to those with a bit more pace and pattern – like Oi Dog by Kes & Claire Gray.
The sequel to Oi Frog¸ the basis of the story is that the rules are changing – dogs now sit on logs, not frogs. This means everyone else is going to have to sit somewhere else too – but will cats want to sit on knats, spiders on gliders and whales on nails? Probably not!
You can tell that Kes Gray is an award winner – he was voted by the Independent as being one of the top ten children’s authors just a year after publishing his first book. The illustrations capture Nina’s attention, and the repetition of rhyme is pleasant for us to read to her – and a bit of a giggle for all of us.
The family dog is Nina’s best mate and we are keen that ‘dog’ be one of her early words. Whether he will sit on logs remains to be seen.
Oi Dog! Is priced from $13.99 and available now.