- Paperback: 34 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475108605
- ISBN-13: 978-1475108606
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 274 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,733,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Juggle Bees! And Other Useless Advice For Silly Children Paperback – March 28, 2012
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Gerald Hawksley is a children's book author and illustrator and part time astronaut. He lives in a small castle beside the River Snood with his chums Lord Treacle, "Mousy" Mousington and Otto Fishblanket. They often go treasure hunting and then head home and have tea and cake, and sometimes, if the weather has been particularly inclement, tea and teacakes.
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The author, Gerald Hawksley, has written what seems like a fun and silly story. But, in reality everything he says is true. This is a Do and Don't book, the kind that will make you laugh at times because it sounds so silly. I thought the Don't stories were the funniest. Don't go to sea in a coffee cup, for one, of course, not! The Do's are the things that you really should do, like Do read to the end of the book.
Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will love this book. Any silly book will make your child laugh, and so will the adults. The illustrations are bright, vivid and colorful. They depict each if the stories in the book. One of the best things about his book us that it is written in rhyme. This is one of the best methods for children to learn to live reading. The fun sounds will garner their interest.
Recommended. prisrob 04-17-16
Now, let's start with the cons, and then move onto the pros, which far outweigh the cons. The cons are that the illustrations aren't wonderful, the metre of the rhyme is imperfect, and the story lacks plot.
That said (now onto the pros), even though the illustrations aren't wonderful, they are fine. And the most endearing thing about the illustrations is that the same little mouse appears in the background of every page, even though he may have nothing to do with the story. It's just fun seeing him appear on every page. It's like, "Oh, there he is!" If he were missing from a page, we would have been missing him.
The metre is only okay, but the rhyme is good. This book isn't at the level of Dr. Seuss, John Lithgow, Julia Donaldson, Karma Wilson, or Mr. Meus, but it's better than most of the attempts at rhyme in other children's books. (Perhaps the above authors, and my own sense of metre, have spoiled me.)
Even though the story has no plot--it's just a list of random "do"s and "don't"s strung together--it's not really meant to have one. But one thing it does have is a cute and clever twist to the ending. The end of any book determines the taste in your mouth that you leave the book with. And this book's ending tied everything together nicely, neatly, cleverly, cutely, and with a slight twist. And so the reader is left with a good taste in his mouth...good enough for me to give it 4 stars.
The title of this book would seem to be eminently safe and useful advice, as is everything between these covers! Back in February 2016, I favorably reviewed this author's book which advised readers what to do if they have a hat, amongst other things. It seemed such a sensible book that I figured this one had to be of equal utility , and I am pleased to report that I was not wrong!
Juggling bees, however, is only one aspect of this fount of wisdom. Other useful tips include advice on whether it's wise to take a bath with a crocodile, balance an elephant on your nose, bounce on the bed with a hippo (parents might want to weigh in on that), or let monkeys drive your car. I can't find fault with any of the advice given here, and so I can do no other than to recommend this book! It's full of fun, frivolity and silliness in fine fettle, and it's probably guaranteed to make your child smile if not belly laugh (although this should not be deemed as an offer or representation for legal purposes. Or porpoises. It definitely amused me. That, I do guarantee!
So, I wish to rate this for five stars. Plus, if I ,any , to recommend this for kids ages 3-5 and or in P-K.
I received this for free and in return, here is my honest review.
Super work Gerald! By Sunny.
Some of the advice or illustrations require the adult reader to explain or ask the child why they think they shouldn't do that as the pictures don't show the detrimental consequences. Such as the advice used in the title don't juggle bees. You've obviously got to point out that bees sting you, if you touch them they will feel threatened etc. The prompting interaction value is what actually maybe lifts this to be more fun than the text alone, as since each initial somewhat sensible nonsense do piece advice, will be followed by something completely ridiculous don't one, in order to force the rhyme. Such as Do Wish Upon a Star, is followed by Don't Let a Monkey Drive Your Car. Therefore you can ask the kids, what do you think the next page will tell us? Then see what their creative minds come up with, before revealing what the author did.
I also like how Don't Juggle Bees references a few classic children's tales either simply in the illustrations or the actual text piece of advice, such as The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.