The Greatest Book in the World
Ford Street, 2019
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
Rudolf Wordsmith is determined to write the greatest book in the world. But he believes that such books are always written in rhyme so he speaks directly to readers inviting them to help them complete the rhyming couplet. Of course, he sets up the words (and Atze sets up the illustrations drawing Rudolf in humiliating predicaments,) so that readers finish them with a rude word, and admonishing them when they do so.
While Rudolf always supplies a socially acceptable alternative, this will appeal to that particular brand of humour that all boys seem to pass through as they emerge as independent readers, and is a LOL book that will have them gathered around and enjoying that collaborative reading experience that is also essential to their reading development.
One to encourage boys to keep reading beyond the home readers…