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New from the creator of The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, this is another witty, eye-catching picture book that adults will enjoy as much as children. Once there was Natalie – a bright image shows a happy, beaming monster swinging on the arms of two parent monsters. And then there was Alphonse too: Natalie’s look says it all, and on the opposite page a gurning blue baby monster gazes out from a buggy. Mostly they have fun together but when Alphonse eats Natalie’s favourite book, she loses her temper and retreats into the bath. Hirst’s bold, bright screenprint illustrations are wonderfully expressive – there’s a fabulous picture of Natalie in her bath towel looking simultaneously guilty, repentant and worried –and this is a very funny and perceptive depiction of early sibling relationships. ~ Andrea Reece
Brother and sister monsters fall out and make up in spectacular style in this warm, witty story. From the creator of The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head comes a truly authentic and original story about sibling rivalry. Natalie the monster mostly loves her little brother Alphonse being there - they name the pigeons, bounce things off the bunk beds, have stories in the chair and make lots of fun stuff together. But, when Natalie catches Alphonse eating her most favourite book, well ...that is not OK!
Daisy's expressive, bold screen-print illustration and unique picture book voice will enchant and charm all readers.
Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
This is a very funny, most colourful book about sibling rivalry with hilarious scenes and great expressions. Review Reader, Lovereading 4 Kids
Daisy Hirst's Alphonse, That is Not Ok To Do! is an empathy and understanding-building picture book that every family book shelf should have, since it relates to a scenario that almost every child has found him or herself in. [...] An uproarious, colourful exploration of what is not ok to do, by the creator of the fabulous The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head. The Herald
Hirst's approach is playful and eye-catching. [...] It's a story written with a benignly anarchic wit - and, refreshingly, it comes with no moral tacked on. The Observer
Daisy Hirst's narrative voice is spot on, her monsters are adorable and I love the chucklesome humour in her illustrations, which are a perfect complement to that deliciously droll text of hers. Alphonse and Natalie could run and run... Red Reading Hub
A fun, perceptive and colourful story Juno
|Publication date:||2nd March 2017|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Reviewed by Children|
Daisy Hirst studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick University and Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art before becoming an author and illustrator. She won the Lara Jones award in the Macmillan Prize for The Runaway Baby and her debut picture book, The Girl With the Parrott on Her Head, was selected as The Times' children's book of the week. Her second book, Alphonse, That Is Not OK to Do!, has been translated into nine different languages worldwide. Daisy lives Worcester.More About Daisy Hirst