Reviewed by Laura Ashworth
Firstly, we really enjoy books in our home, so it is always a pleasure to receive and find our next imaginary journey. It’s MY Sausage, written and illustrated by Alex Willmore is a very enjoyable read for children as it is very calm and concise both in wording and illustration, which is something I feel children’s books can often get carried away with and this can cause children to very rapidly loose interest and any adult to need regular pauses to pace themselves which can cause everyone to lose interest. The blurb reads “There are five cats but just one sausage! Which cat will get the yummy, scrummy sausage?” It is to the point and after reading the book is not misleading, you read what you are expecting to read.
Upon opening the book there is the standard “write your name here” however this is awesomely presented as “This sausage book belongs to” which I found to be a wonderful touch and really keeping the feel of the book together from the very first page, something I feel is very important for engaging new readers, children who may find reading difficult or unenjoyable. I sat my children, ages 3 and 4, down with this book on a very rainy afternoon to try and calm them as they were very bored and frustrated, my 3 year old was hooked from the book cover, however my 4 year old took a bit more encouraging (often it is the other way around) so I often find reading aloud will either draw them in or I will spend 10 minutes reading to myself. After a few pages with the use of the tone, sounds and concise words they were both sat next to me engaging with the story and found the cats to be hilarious. Again, the concise illustrations helped them to often conclude what was going to happen before I read it.
As previously mentioned the pages are calm, each page have very few words but is so well written that each page makes it’s point and the fun illustrations are perfectly imperfect and full of individual personality and for me it was a nice touch to not have all these perfectly intricate cats across each page, which I believe is a story in itself. The layout of the language is not only fun for children but adults too, some parts are underlined, and some are capitalised so whether you are reading aloud or reading silently you can really hear all these individual voices and tones. There is a lot of practice with onomatopoeia in this book too with words such as “Whoooosshh” and “Hmpf” which for new readers or struggling readers can really help them play with the sounds, becoming comfortable with moving their mouths and tongues and place sounds to situations.
I will be honest and say when I first flicked through the book I thought it was bland, however upon reading it I can really understand what the author was trying to achieve and I just wish there were many more books in this style available. From cover to cover, literally, the book consumes you into a world of kitty frolics.
RRP: £7.99 (Paperback)