I am so pleased to share this book with you today. I was fortunate to win this as part of a giveaway on the lovely Linda’s Book Bag blog. I would like to say a huge “THANK YOU” to both Linda and Peta for this wonderful book. I thought it would be a perfect addition to my #ChristmasBooksForChildren tag.
The Niggle tells the story of Joe Jackson, a little boy who has never felt fear. Until the day a miniature monster swims in his ear! The monster is the Niggle, a tiny terror, who whispers worries in Joe’s head and makes him afraid. Will Joe Jackson let the Niggle win? Or will he learn to overcome his fears? The Niggle, through humour and rhyme, tells young children that it’s OK to feel fear. In fact, you can’t be brave if you don’t. A colourful, rhyming picture book for 5-8 year olds.
Meet Joe, he has never had to experience fear, has never had to think about it. That is until he has an accident and the Niggle creeps in his ear. The Niggle does just as its name suggests, it niggles away at Joe’s confidence and stops him doing the things he has enjoyed. Niggle brings fear and makes Joe afraid.
I loved this story, it is one of those stories that just has to be read out loud, it is a rhyming tale that I think children will love. It does have a message about how fear can stop you doing things, but also there is a positive aspect to it as well. It also has a nice touch humour in it as well There is a good balance and the nasty Niggle does not have it all his own way, so it ends on a good note. This book is written and illustrated by Peta and she has matched words and pictures very nicely, they complement each other.
I would definitely recommend this book for children in the 5-8 year age range. A good book to sit and read with them.
About the Author:
Peta Rainford is the Isle of Wight-based writer and illustrator of the children’s picture books, ‘Hairy Fairy’, ‘Jamie and the Joke Factory’, ‘Isabella, Rotten Speller’, ‘Isabella’s Adventures in Numberland’ and ‘The Niggle’. Peta produces colourful, funny (often rhyming) picture books, which aim to challenge, entertain and tease young readers. Her stories, often set in fantastical, imagined lands, feature witches, fairies, elves and all manner of animals – some of them made out of letters! Her writing heroes include (in no particular order) Roald Dahl, Lauren Child, Oliver Jeffers, Lewis Carroll and Julia Donaldson. She is a big fan of rhyme, jokes, puns and general silliness. Peta loves to go out and about and meet her readers, particularly through library and school visits. She thinks children are the best source of ideas for children’s books! Peta grew up on the Isle of Wight so long ago she can remember dancing to the Bay City Rollers and buying crisps from the school tuck shop for 2½p. As a child she loved words, she loved painting and drawing too, but she had no idea what she wanted to do when she grew up. She studied English at York University and then worked in London as a business journalist and editor for 14 years. During this time she also studied fine art at Central St Martin’s, but she still had no idea what she wanted to do when she grew up. It was only when she moved back to the Isle of Wight (now balancing the roles of freelance writer and mum), that Peta decided to write and illustrate her first book for children. It was a revelation to her: a way of combining picture making with her love of words – not to mention an outlet for her awful jokes. It may have taken more than four decades, but finally, Peta knows what she wants to do when she grows up.
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Age Range: 5 – 8 years
- Publisher: Dogpigeon Books (13 Nov. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0995646511
- ISBN-13: 978-0995646513
- Purchase from Amazon UK
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