Sunday, February 15, 2015

Review: Walk on the Wild Side by Nicholas Oldland

This clever picture book tells readers right away what to expect. "There once was a bear, a moose and a beaver who loved adventure. But sometimes their competitive natures got in the way of having fun." One day, the three set off to climb a mountain together. But on the way there, they decide to make it more exciting by turning the climb into a race to the top. It's only after being sidelined by a series of mishaps -- a boulder tumbling down the path, the moose hanging off the side of the cliff, the bear hanging off the moose hanging off the side of the cliff -- that the three friends realize competitions don't always make for a good time. "At the end of the day, the bear, the moose and the beaver agreed that reaching the top of the mountain was great, but enjoying the journey together was even better." This funny, contemporary fable is from Nicholas Oldland's popular Life in the Wild series. The wonderful fun here is the comedy that highlights the adventure, in both the dry humor of the text as well as the simple, earth-toned illustrations that provide a humorous visual play-by-play of the action. This would make a terrifically entertaining storytime title, easily promoting the importance of teamwork, kindness and friendship. It could also be used in the early grades as part of a classroom discussion of woodland animals and their habitats. Another lesson here is the pleasure of getting outdoors for recreation.

I adore this book.  I cannot wait until it is released so that I can purchase it to use in in my ART THROUGH STORIES class.  There is so much to love within the pages of this wonderful story about friendship, compromise and working together to reach a goal.  I loved the humor, the illustrations...everything.  I am already coming up with lots of fun ways to use this in my class.  There are lessons to be learned, art to be created and fun to be had with this title.  I think the kids are going to fall in love with the bear, moose and the beaver just like I did!!!  5 stars!

 pre order now...the book releases on March 1, 2015

This book was provided by NetGalley for review purposes.

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