Book Name : The Ugly Five
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Alison Green Books
Theme/Topic: Meet Big Five Ugliest Animals in African Savannah
What You’ll Love About This Book:We love Julia Donaldson books (especially Gruffalo) like crazy.Recently we got this book from a nearby library and I realized you can always blindly trust Julia Donaldson to deliver a top quality kids read (that can also be enjoyed by the adults reading it to them over and over). Me and Master R really enjoy her rhyming, fun-filled tales, particularly those wonderfully illustrated by Axel Scheffler. In this one the pictures and the underlying story of the lesser-loved animals (as opposed to the famed ‘Big Five in African safaris)
Few months back I got a chance to visit Masai Mara (https://www.maasaimara.com/) so ‘R’ also heard variety of words already which are given in the book e.g Savannah,Big Five,Wilder beast etc. So reading this book to him was a so much fun.
Frankly there are many splendid animals that tourists want to see when they are on safari in Africa, but only rarely does someone long to spot the five creatures introduced in this book. One by one, they come together for a stroll on a Savannah, owning the word Ugly with pride. After all, they are rather ugly, and it might be hard to like them–unless, that is, you are one of their babies, and then, they are as handsome as could possibly be. The surprise ending of the book is what makes it and leaves you feeling all warm inside as everyone is pretty to someone.
At the end of the book it asks a questions if you went to the safari, which animals would you like to see? . It introduces children to the different gangs; the big five, the little five, the shy five and the ugly five. The children can then develop a better understanding of the different animals that live in Africa.
Though this book is not a classic one also not Donaldson’s best work but yes if your kids love picture books,love animal books and especially love Julia Donaldson’s books then don’t miss to read this.