This comes from the amazing Red Ted Artblog. We are very proud!)
"As you all know we are “avid” readers here at Red Ted HQ, well my two children, almost don’t get a choice, with the heaps of books that get piled on them. So whenever I see something “new” produced by an individual, I cannot help but get a copy… so we bought
Red Ted always gets excited about a new book and they are brilliant for our “quiet time” (he no longer naps, aaargh), as we read it together and then he wanders off and studies all the pictures by himself. These books come with an audio CD, which are part of the charm and purpose of the books as these are book design to help speech development:
“We create speech and literacy resources for children with speech awareness difficulties and speech delay. These can range from very minor speech and literacy delays to severe problems with the child’s ability to speak or comprehend literature.”
We are reading for “fun” and fun they are. Jacqueline is not your normal “lady”, and get’s into all sorts of messy and situations. She also likes to fart (tsk tsk). Each page is followed by a chorus: Black Alpaca Black Alpaca, ack ack ack. Black Alpaca Black Alpaca ACK ACK ACK. Which is a bit of a tongue twister, but obviously design to help develop speech. Red Ted LOVES the chorus and already shouts “ACK ACK ACK”, before I have even turned the page. The CD is excellent – there is a little bell at the end of each verse that signifies turning the page and Red Ted LOVES listening at for it – he then looks at me and says “now mummy?” with shining eyes. After only a couple of “listens” he actually started to repeat the chorus in line with the CD. The book & CD are fun and helpful. Brilliant.
The book costs £10 – which is a little dear: BUT – remember, you get a well thought through learning tool, design to help speech development, as well as an audio CD. AND this is produced independently and not through one of the big publishing houses. Oh. And Red Ted (almost 3) loves it :-) Also:
* The Postage and Packing is always free, regardless of order size
* The CDs are narrated by Rik Mayall and are hilarious
* There are free games on the website to accompany the books and these will be added to every month
So go on. Visit Clickety Books and get a copy – or buy the gift set and give a couple away as presents!"