“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Barbara Nascimbeni / Hardcover / 12 Pages / Book is published 2002-06-21 by Macmillan Children's Books „
A touchy feely book by Barbara Nascimbeni for children, starring Ralph who is a noisy little dog. My two year old enjoys reading this short book with me and gets excited about touching the different effects on each page, and she loudly joins in with vocalising the sound effects.
The touchable effects include soft fur to stroke on the front cover, scratchy Velcro, rippled corrugated cardboard (which makes a great sound when you scrape a fingernail across it) and a soft blue gingham cloth which is lifted up to reveal a picture underneath. (plot spoiler alert! - the picture underneath the piece of cloth is of a sleeping Ralph which explains why he is no longer making any noise on the last page of the book).
Each page has one line of plot and then the opposing page has a few words which describe the sound of whatever noisy activity Ralph is engaged in. This gives us parents plenty of scope to enthusiastically make the sound of what is being described.
All the pages are illustrated with scenes that mirror whatever Ralph is described as doing at the time. The colours and simplicity of the pictures work well in keeping my daughter's attention - not too complicated to bombard her with information, but just enough detail for her to understand the pictures' meaning which she shows by picking out key objects from the drawings.
I'll judge this book on the benefit my youngest daughter gets from it, so it has to be five out of five stars. She enjoys the story and seems to benefit from it educationally - I would prefer to be able to sit down with her at bed time and read a Dean Koontz, but I don't think she's ready for that just yet!