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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Sam Lloyd / Hardcover / 5 Pages / Book is published 2006-07-01 by Templar Publishing

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      04.08.2012 15:25
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      Bit of Fun in the Synchronised Swimming Competition...

      Bought from a local charity shop for only £1, "Calm Down, Boris!" is a children's book aimed at youngsters from perhaps ages 4 and above, though this is only an estimation as the book was purchased for my young nephew who is not yet three years old. Buying this book has proven to be an excellent judgement call as it has become a firm favourite at our story time in recent times. Being slightly square-shaped in size, the book is a hardback and has only ten pages containing the story - so it is ideal for youngsters with a short attention span. Books like this are ideal for my nephew I find, as anything slightly longer or more detailed will often result in a grumpy or frustrated boy who wants to discard the book before we have reached the story's conclusion. Boris's book has one major difference between other storybooks that are in my nephew's collection. Between its pages, Boris's large orange head neatly protrudes through a large hole in the centre of each page and right through the front hardback cover of the book too, so we are in no doubt as to who Boris is from the offset. Brilliantly delivered in both its concept and design, the book has cleverly made the book instantly appealing to youngsters (and adults!) by way of a sort of 'puppet' integrated into the bright orange-coloured 'Boris Head' in the centre of the book. Basically, all you need to do is insert your hand into the opening at the back of Boris's head to control the puppet and thus, his little orange 'jaws' will open and shut to 'mouth' the words he says in the book. By putting on a sort of 'monster' voice, this really adds to the 'interactive' aspect of the book and I have literally had my nephew rolling about laughing with my Boris antics. Because Boris is so cute and adorable, there is definitely an added appeal delivered to the overall story time experience. Brain-bursting, the storyline is not. Basic and simplistic, the story itself could be accused of letting the book down, but I feel the 'interactive' element of the book is of course its biggest feature, and of course the book IS intended for youngsters, so anything too 'taxing' wouldn't be popular anyway. Best described as being a story that follows Boris on his outing to the park, there is again a small 'interactive' element on each page, so that the young reader can enjoy the puppet element of the book even more. By encouraging this type of 'play' during story time, I think it gives the book even more appeal and my nephew does love to involve himself in Boris's story. Bug-searching through Boris's orange fur, feeding him from a picnic and stroking his fur to make him feel better are all encouraged throughout the pages of the book. "Brush his hair - Neat and Tidy" is by far my nephews favourite instruction however, and he often asks for a comb to carry out this task! Bless him, he does take things seriously at times! Boris, on the other hand, tends to get over-excited after each of the tasks has been carried out and will respond by enthusiastically 'kissing' the child brushing his hair or feeding him and so on. By shouting "kissy kissy kissy", Boris enthusiastically thanks the person taking care of him, delivering kisses from his fluffy orange mouth. Booming Monster Voice and smooch-like kissy noises always feature in the telling of Boris's tale in our story time, and my nephew will literally have tears of laughter appearing in his eyes at his auntie's ridiculous story-telling antics. Beheading our puppet friend by accident has proven to be impossible, and the orange fuzzy puppet head is still firmly secured in its place even after months of regular reading of the book. Baffling as it may seem, there has been some very minor wear to the book in the way of some slight 'matting' to the long fibres of Boris's 'coat' but this is something that is perhaps to be expected with a book that is so often selected at story time. Bold colours, Beautiful & original ideas and of course Boggle-eyed Monsters are this book's most redeeming features. Boredom, Baloney, Bamboozlement and Banality feature nowhere during our reading time, when Boris's tale is the one of choice..! Blimey, I can't think of one single criticism of this book and thoroughly recommend it for youngsters as it is such good fun and gives something different to story time! Believe it or not, "Calm down, Boris!" is extremely easy to purchase online, from either Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) or Play (www.play.com) and you can expect to spend around £6.60 (as @ August 2012) for a new copy of the book from either of these retailers. Boisterous, Biting, Boggle-eyed Beasts Brings Booktime Back - Blatantly Belonging Between Best-sellers! Banishing Bigger, Brighter, Bogeyman Books, Biding Bleakly Beside Bedroom Bookshelves..... Bye Bye!

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        09.07.2012 12:23
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        A laugh out loud childrens book.

        'Calm Down, Boris!' is a children's book by Sam Lloyd. The book is quite a large size and is a hardback. The pages are quite thick and can be wiped clean (as well as the cover). The front cover is very eye catching and would appeal to all youngsters - it has the title of the book 'Calm down, Boris!' with a picture of a funny looking orange monster with furry mouth (you can put your hand in the back of the book, in to the mouth, like a puppet). It also reads 'Boris is a VERY lovable monster. If only he didn't get so carried away...'. Our copy states that it's 'The winner of the Richard and Judy Best Book for Children award, Christmas 2006' (the book was first published in 2006). I bought our copy from WHSmith for around £8.00. It is available at most book stores and through most book schemes. The RRP is £8.99, although you can pick it up cheaper if you shop around (it's currently selling on Amazon for £6.59 with free delivery). The 'plot' is as follows... Boris is getting ready to go to the park, you need to check his fur for bugs and brush his hair neat and tidy, Boris thanks you and gives you a 'KISSY KISSY KISSY'. We tell Boris to stop and calm down - too tickly. Boris then scoots to the park but gets hungry, you need to feed Boris some of his picnic. When Boris gets told off for nibbling our fingers he says sorry and gives you a 'KISSY KISSY KISSY' until we tell him to calm down - his kisses are too tickly! Boris gets to the park and loves to play with the other little monsters but the other little monsters don't like playing with him because he is too big and loud. Poor Boris, you must stroke his fur to make him feel better. Boris thanks you with a 'KISSY KISSY KISSY' and we tell him 'No Boris, Calm down Boris! Too many kisses! Too tickly!'. Suddenly a big dog jumps over the fence and the other monsters run and hide, but Boris runs after him screaming 'Nice dog! KISSY KISSY KISSY' and scares the big dog away - Hooray for Boris, now everybody wants to kiss Boris, no matter how tickly he is! KISSY KISSY KISSY, well done Boris! The story runs over 10 pages and is fun and simple. I love the fact that silly old Boris becomes the hero in the end! This book is best read by an adult to a child (although my daughter does sometimes help me to read some of the smaller words). There are plenty of opportunities for children to interact with Boris throughout the story, I think this is half the appeal. My daughter is absolutely captivated by this book and always has a smile on her face throughout the book - it's definitely one of her favourites. You can open and close Boris's mouth (as if he's talking or kissing), but you can also wiggle and turn your hand to give Boris funny facial expressions - something which my daughter (5 years) loves and has even reduced her to laughing tears! You must also make sure you put on your best monster voice! I think this book would best appeal to children 2-7 years and thoroughly recommend.

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          07.05.2010 18:06
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          Excellent novel idea to the childrens book.

          My daughter is only 11 months old but I think my love of books has rubbed off on her. I did read my own books out loud when I was pregnant as I was told this leads to your children enjoying books so maybe that worked! Calm down Boris is an amazing book brought as a present by grandparents, winner of the Richard and Judy's best book for children back at Christmas 2006. I had heard about this book and had actually said I wanted it for my daughter once she was old enough to be interested in it. It is a novel children's book that has a brightly coloured monster on the front page (not a scary one!) that is a hand puppet. You put your hand in it via the back of the book, probably using your fingers for the top of his mouth and your thumb for the bottom like I do. The mouth is fluffy orange on the outside, bright pink on the inside and has a flat red felt fabric tongue. The instructions on the back are - stick your hand in here to move Boris's mouth -turn your hand to wriggle his jaws about -don't forget to put on your best monster voice! The book is very short, only 4 pages for you or your child to turn. This is the only downside I can say about this product it can be very quick to read! The pages themselves are very thick and sturdy making it easy for little ones to turn the page and means they don't get bent or torn. The story centres around a lovable monster that gets carried away... Boris is going to the park with you, you help him get ready, have fun at the park eating and playing, however the smaller monsters feel Boris is too big and loud, a dog jumps the fence and starts barking. Boris saves the day by trying the kiss the dog and the dog runs away, all the little monsters then want to celebrate saying hoorah for Boris and giving him kisses. I love the fact that the story allows the children to get invoived not just sit there listening but doing actions such as brushing Boris's hair or feeding him. At the end of each page Boris starts kissing you uncontrollably saying kissy kisssy and the child is to say calm down Boris it tickles, it really makes my daughter goggle. The words and story are simple so not only can the child probably learn the words off by heart but when they are able to read I can see them telling this story to younger siblings. Current selling price is approx £5.49 (at Amazon, used are available at considerably less!) If you like this book you'll probably like the variations on it like 'Wendy the wide mothered frog', 'you're not so scary, Sid!' and 'Hello Dudley'

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            22.03.2010 23:05
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            A fuzzy, warm read

            With any kind of puppet currently being flavour of the month with my one year old, I had no willpower to resist this fantastic book when I spotted it in the shops. Calm Down Boris! is very eye-catching book with a bright purple hardback cover, supporting a fuzzy orange face which bursts through the pages. The idea is that you tell the story while making it come alive by controlling Boris the puppet, through the back of the book. This in itself prompted me to buy the book as it's so different from many of the other bland ones aimed at young readers. In terms of a story it's pretty simple - Boris is big, scary monster who's a little out of control. All he wants is for people to love him but sadly he scares them off with his brash, bouncy personality and distinctive looks. Will Boris be able to make people see the real him and not just the monster? There aren't many words to this book, and the writing is large and interspersed with bright illustrations, making it perfect for my daughters age group and beyond. She absolutely loves this book, and while she is too young to understand the story, she adores it when Boris comes to life and nibbles her fingers as she goes to touch his appealing face! This book was voted the Richard&Judy Best Book for Children 2006 and I can now see why. I don't have a bad word to say about it. It retails at £8.99, but I bought it in Tesco recently when they had a 'buy one get one half price' offer on childrens books.

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              14.03.2010 12:47

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              Have fun and really go to town with kisses, tickles and funny voices!

              This is a lovely book which my daughter had for her 1st birthday. It quite literally centres around a very fluffy orange character called Boris whose puppet head is in the middle of the book through every page. Boris is very lovable and loves giving everyone kisses but he is just too much! His kisses tickle! You can put your hand in the puppet from the back of the book, open his mouth and turn him from side to side and this means that you can have as much fun as your toddler can handle! We like to give Boris a funny voice and really go to town with his kisses and loves which really makes our daughter laugh. She loves kissing every toy she has and many characters in books anyway, so this goes hand in hand. The story is very sweet, but we don't normally get around to actually reading it - our daughter is a bit too young for this one yet. The story is probably more suited to toddlers around 2. Overall I think it's a great book for kids.

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              01.02.2010 18:58
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              Calm down Boris-a wonderful story for young children.

              Calm down Boris! This book is another interactive puppet book from Sam Lloyd author of Hello Dudley (see my review for further details)! This time instead of being a purple cotton monster, Boris is an eyecatching orange, furry monster! Boris's favourite thing in the whole wide world is kisses, but each time he tries to show affection he is turned away being told, 'Calm down Boris , your kisses are too tickly!'. This book encourages children to make choices and for older children allow's them to empathise with Boris's dilemma. The pages are made of sturdy hardboard and Boris sits in the centre so he can pop in and out the pages. I would suggest that this book would be loved by children one year plus. Older children would enjoy using the puppet themselves. Due to the material Boris is made of it is important to discourage children putting Boris in their mouthes. This book can be bought from good bookshops, online or currently at Mini IQ parties. This book has been a favourite in my house since my son was 3 and now he's 6 he still enjoys reading it to himself now. The illustrations are bright and clear and the text simple to understand. Another big hit from Sam Llloyd!

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              04.01.2010 00:18
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              fun children's book with hand puppet aka Boris

              This is Boris! He is a fluffy orange monster who has a tendency to be misunderstood. He is seen to be scary but infact he loves kissing everyone! The theme of this book is that love-able Boris goes around looking for kisses but instead is repeatedly told to 'calm down Boris... your kisses are too tickly!' It is a very strange yet entertaining book for toddlers. Boris is a hand puppet which you use through a hole in the back of the book, as you turn the page you keep your hand in 'Boris' and he is then ready to move around on the following page. My 23 month old step son loves this book. He was introduced to it about 6 or 7 months ago (when i bought it for my own son who to be honest was more interested in eating Boris than listening to the story!) and soon started asking for Boris whenever he came to visit. Any upsets, Boris saves the day. He enjoys feeding Boris any object he can pick up and put into my hand to which Boris makes munching noises. I would recommend this book to anyone with a small child as it acts as a toy as well as a book. It was £7.99 when i bought it

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              15.10.2009 15:32
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              Great value at any price

              Calm Down Boris is a book with integrated furry (and very soft) monster puppet. It tells the story of Boris, a big, scary, but friendly monster who likes giving babies kisses but is very tickly. The book has won at least one award, I think it was Richard and Judy so when I saw it half price in Sainsburys I decided to buy it, on paying for it it actually turned out to only be £1 or £2 so was an absolute bargain. My son was slightly disturbed by it at first, he was only a few months old but now he is 1 he absolutely loves the book. He gets excited every time he sees it on the shelf and loves to stroke and brush Boris' fur and to try and pull his tongue out of his mouth! He giggles away when Boris nibbles his finger or kisses him and also thinks its hilarious to look through the hole in the pages where the Boris puppet fits through from where he is attached on the back page. I'd recommend this book even at full price and its a definite bargain if you can find it cheaper.

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              25.08.2009 13:32

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              worth buying, will last a long while.

              My daughter's favourite passtime is looking at books. She is 18 months old and finds activity books where you have flaps to lift or things to do are the most interesting to her. This book is so much fun, firstly it is a book but secondly a puppet. You put hour hand in the back of the book to operate boris and follow the instructions in the book, for example at the start is asks you to comb boris' hair and check for bugs. My daughter loves getting her comb and doing this. At first I did think that a book about a monster that has no friends was a bit odd but its one of those tales that can mirror lots of situations in life and I can imagine that it will last a while in our house. Beware the wet fur, after boris has done lots of kisses he ends up covered in baby drool!

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              24.08.2009 14:09
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              A book with a difference! Get this if you want to liven up your storytimes!

              This is a fabulous book that gets a laugh everytime! Although not strictly neccesary, in order to get the best from the book, the reader will also need to be the puppeteer! It is very simple (and even has directions on the back of the book in case you get stuck!) just put your hand in the back and use it to move Boris's mouth and make him wiggle! Of course putting on your best monster voice is optional but I fully reccomend you do to make the book even funnier! Boris is a lovable neon orange monster that just loves giving kisses! The story follows his daily routine getting ready for the park and the adventures he has when he is there. As you go through the book you will need to help Boris brush his hair, feed him and stroke him! He is very grateful and to say thank you he gives...... BIG tickly kisses! He does seem to get a bit carried away but in the end his kisses save the day when he scares off a big dog! What better way for us to say thank you than give big tickly kisses too!.... but this time they're FOR HIM! I would definitely reccomend this one! It is a super fun book-even the font of the text is fun! The illustrations are wonderful, funny and bright and the Boris puppet is just the cherry on top of an already splendid cake! Although it may initially seem pricey at £8.99 it is well worth it. It is a great quality hardback board back that will last years! It encourages child/parent interaction and helps develop childrens imagination. Calm down Boris is part of a wider range of books by Sam Lloyd including 3 other puppet books- 'You're not so scary Sid' 'Wendy the wide mouthed frog' and 'hello Dudley' ISBN: 978-1-84011-447-8 Price £8.99 Templar publishing

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                Boris is a shaggy haired orange monster who likes kissing.

                I thought we had every variation of kids' book going from lift-the-flap to fold out playscene via jigsaw book until my youngest daughter received this excellent puppet book for her birthday. Published by Templar and incorporating a most satisfyingly 70's stylee shagpile orange puppet this is a truly interactive and entertaining book that is bound to please younger readers. The book comes in hardback form, with helpful instructions on the back for adults to put their hand into the puppet and "put on your best monster voice", which I duly have done many times already as we have romped our way through this 5 double page book. The story is simple - Boris, the monster who features on the front of the book and on every page (there is a hole in each page so your puppet hand can stay in place), is a monster who enjoys attention but tends to give over-enthusiastic and tickly kisses in return. Each page invites the toddler to interact with the puppet - on one you have to "check for bugs" and brush his hair, on another feed him. Boris gets to be a bit annoying but at the end of the tale redeems himself by making a scary dog run off with his kisses. A refrain of "kissy, kissy, kissy" runs through the book and can be joined in with. Sounds bizarre? It is, but somehow it works well and really did appeal to my three year old from the very first read, and my older child liked it too. The illustrations are well drawn and a bit more muted than Boris' neon fur. The text is a little bit too stylised for new readers in my mind, but actually I think this book is probably aimed at a younger audience and would be an ideal first birthday present. As this is a puppet book I should probably say that the puppet is actually quite well made, with a nicely sewn bright pink tongue - you can rotate him and he has stood up to my best monster impressions and lots of tickling of children very well. This is not the most relaxing or calming of books to read at bedtime, however it is great fun and Boris is a likeable and memorable hero of this book which children are sure to want to read again. I think all children like puppets, they really do encourage the child to be engaged and to interact and adults will find this book fun to read to their child too, which is always a plus point for a children's book. According to the cover of my book this book was the winner of the 2006 "Richard and Judy Best Book for Children" competition. It is currently available from Amazon for £6.69 (details below). The author has produced a number of other books on the same theme - I quite like the look of "Wendy the Wide Mouthed Frog", and shall definitely be purchasing one of these books for a present, it was so lovely to receive. Highly recommended. You can never have too many children's books, especially when they are of this calibre. Hardcover: 5 pages Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 Jul 2006) Language English ISBN-10: 1840114479 ISBN-13: 978-1840114478 Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 23.2 x 2.2 cm

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                  15.04.2009 15:21
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                  A must have for every child's book collection

                  Calm down Boris, is a children's book that was written by Sam Lloyd and was first published in the UK in 2006 by Templar publishing. This book won the Richard & Judy award for the best book for children in 2006. I bought this book to read to my son in my local Tesco, it cost £5 but the price on the back of the book is £8.99, so was cheaper than the actual price. The first thing that attracted me to this book was the fact that it has a big orange monster on the front, the monsters mouth actually acts as a glove puppet and you have to put your hand into the puppet through the back of the book and as you are reading the book you then have to act out the part of the monster!!! The book is hard backed and measures about 24cm x 24cm, the pages are also made out of thick card so that they cannot be easily torn or chewed. On the back of the book it reads 'Boris just wants to be loved, the thing is that he is too big and kissy and tickly, but sometimes being big and kissy and tickly is exactly what is needed!! It also advises you on the back that you have to stick your hand in the back of the book to move Boris' mouth, turn your hand to wiggle his jaw around and that you shouldn't forget to put on your best monster voice when reading the book! The book starts off by saying that Boris is getting ready for the park, lets help him get ready by checking his fur for bugs and brushing his hair neat and tidy, so this then encourages your little one to check the hair and brush it down neatly. Then Boris says Thank you, which is when you should do the voice of Boris and he then gives big kisses, but the kisses are too tickly, it reads!! The book then goes on to do something different each day with Boris, where the child must do something and it always ends up with Boris giving a big tickly kiss at the end!! My son will sit for hours and let me read this book to him and he loves it when Boris kisses him with his tickly fur! I must say that he is a little too young yet to fully appreciate it as he cant really understand or manage to do the actions that the books asks of him. But my 2 year old god daughter loves it when I read this to her and she screeches with joy when Boris tried to kiss her and especially enjoys it when we put on the voice of the monster Boris!! I consider this to be a good addition to any child's library and is a very fun, action book!!

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                    26.02.2009 12:53
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                    Buy this book even the adults will love it!

                    Calm Down Boris is a children`s book by the author Sam Lloyd who has written other books like You`re not so scary Sid and Wendy the wide-mouthed frog, my son recieved this book as a christmas present. ~About the book~ The book is a hardback book which is ideal for the little ones as they can turn the pages without tearing them. There is a puppet which runs through the book it will fit an adults hand just pop your hand in the puppet and dont forget to put on your monster voice! The puppet is made out of a soft furry orange material , my son always says that Boris`s fur is very ticklish! On the front cover you will see a lovely picture of Boris who is very furry, large and has very long nails! ~The Story~ Boris is going to the park and right at the start of the story the reader is encouraged to interact with Boris by looking for bugs in his fur and to also brush his hair. Boris of course wants to say thank you and so he starts giving lots of kisses but he is told to calm down as he is very loud and boisterous! Boris heads to the park on his scooter which he finds hard work as he is also pulling his little trailer full of picnic food , he is feeling hungry and so again the reader is encouraged to help Boris who of course wants to thank the reader by giving lots more kisses! So our over excited monster gets to the park and he meets with the other monsters who are a lot lot smaller than Boris , they don`t like playing with him as he is so big and very very loud. Poor Boris I think is feeling quite upset that no-one wants to play with him but nevermind because he gets to save the little monsters from a big scary dog and they all want to kiss him! ~What do I think~ This is getting to be another favourite of ours at bedtime though I have to say I don`t really think this should be a bedtime book as my son gets too excited! My son loves it when we put on a monster voice and tickle him with the puppet. I think the Sam Lloyd books are excellent at getting families to sit down ,read and interact together and because a lot of the writing is quite large my little boy is pointing out the different letters! Also once I have read the story my son will start from the beginning and make up his own story and of course he has to tickle mummy with the puppet! I think this book is suitable for 0 -5 years and it cost £8.99 on Amazon

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                      26.01.2009 22:11
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                      Imaginative and fun

                      I purchased Calm Down Boris by Sam Lloyd after reading a favourable review on DooYoo. My young son was at the time enthralled by Usborne's 'touchy feely' book That's Not My Puppy and so this seemed a perfect accompaniment. Calm Down Boris is a relatively large board book whereby Boris, the main character, is a hand puppet attached to the back page of the book itself. Each page, including the cover, has a hole for the hand puppet to peek through. At the back of the book are instructions as to how to operate the puppet inside. His jaw can be opened and shut as well as rotated 360 degrees. The book also advises that you put on your best monster voice when reading it! The storyline of this book is based around Boris who is a very loveable monster. Boris loves to give kisses but as he is so hairy, his kisses are very tickly and initially no-one wants to play with Boris. It is only when Boris inadvertently scares off a vicious dog that the other monsters see him as their hero and all want to be his friend. The varying size and font of the text, resembling free-hand writing with perhaps a marker pen, makes it a little difficult to decipher. The story itself is also not to as high a standard as I had expected, however it certainly has a way of drawing the little ones in with activities for them to take part in such as checking Boris' fur for bugs. Children will no doubt enjoy joining in with repetitions throughout the story such as Boris' "kissy, kissy, kissy!" My little boy is fascinated by Boris, although at 13 months old he is maybe a little too young to understand the storyline. He listens attentively however and grabs at Boris' fur when he gives his kisses! Calm Down Boris by Sam Lloyd is available from Amazon at £6.74. There are also a number of other similar books available by Sam Lloyd incorporating different puppets. This book is an imaginative twist on the 'touchy feely' book and makes reading to your child lots of fun. It is captivating and intriguing and is certainly a big hit with my little boy. ISBN 978-1-84011-447-8.

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                        Good value hardback which is fun and engaging,fab buy!

                        I adore these books and daughter has enjoyed from age 1. I love the fact it makes reading fun and interactive. The books themeselves are good quality hardbacks with a puppet in the middle that the reader puts hand through and puts on funny voice as they read the story. The pictures inside are bright and appealing and the storyline itself always flows nicely and carries simple message. About Boris, hes is a lovable monster who loves getting exited and lavishing people with too many kissies. The main message is calm down Boris as none of the other monsters want to play with him until one day a big scary doggy surrounds the other monsters but Boris wants to play and kiss the doggy and scares the scary doggy away . Then all the other monsters now want to play with him now matter how tickely he is! Boris himself is furry so I tickle my daughter under the chin which she loves. This book be ideal for kids age 1-4 in my opinion . Its good value for money and bit different compared to other childrens books on the market. I also think every infant school and libary should have these books as when teaching children to read its gets them exited about reading. I love it so much I have Dudley, Wendy and Sid too as the author does other stories in similar format.

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