Two playful children and their pets star in this delightful mock science-fiction story. Seas of garden sprinklers and volcanic charcoal grills serve as a playground for fantastic adventures. 29 full-color illustrations....
|Title||:||Drac and the Gremlin|
|Format Type||:||Other Book|
|Number of Pages||:||32 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Drac and the Gremlin Reviews
Oh, now this I like. The children are so beautiful and also so real they melt my heart, and the story is told effectively, as if it's real... only the pictures reveal it's imaginary. I want to wrap this whole family in my arms and tell them how glad I am that people like this are in the world. I will definitely look for more by author and illustrator.
This story examines the world of children's play.The words explain the fantasy world the children are inhabiting - subduing the Gremlin of the Groaning Grotto (her little brother) with her ultra-laser beam (a wrapping-paper covered paper-towel roll), before attempting a rescue of the White Wizard (a butterfly) from General Min and her Hissing Horde (the cat Minnie and her kittens) (I won't give away the ending...) The illustrations show what's physically occuring in the backyard.After nearly 5 years of water restrictions running through the sprinkler in the backyard reminds me of my childhood - and a time when backyards had green lawns not the brown and crispy reminants X-man gets to crawl around in now. Ahhh... the good old (or is that olde?) days... I won't even mention the ban on toilet rolls in children's craft activites because of 'hygiene' reasons...
At first, I wasn't sure what to make of this book! The words depict an action packed, fantasy world where the main goal is to fight the Gremlin of the Groaning Grotto. However, the pictures show that this is really just a little girl and her brother being extremely imaginative in their backyard. The same story line was just told differently with words and pictures.No morals of this story immediately jump to my mind, but I did really appreciate the emphasis the story put on the value of imagination. In this world of fast paced technology, I believe many children are missing out on really letting their imaginations go wild when playing outside. I think this story addresses a simple point that anything can happen in your mind when you're the one creating the story. The children were really just playing with sticks and a cat, but they were magically transformed into a new world where they were on a perilous mission. I thought this book was really creative.
Gorgeous. A wonderful play of words and pictures.
Not too long ago a visited an old story that I used to adore when I was younger, and so I began re-reading all of my Favourite childhood books. I have decided to put up small reviews about each children's book that I think deserves a little sentence or so. Reading these picture books makes me feel like I am taking a dive into the past, and I love it. The art and the simple stories are what started my love for reading and has lead to my fascination with complex characters and stories.The picture book Drac and the Gremlin was always more of my sister's favorite, but I to shared the love of adventure of playing that the book radiates. Drac and the Gremlin is a short and sweet story of a brother and sister playing an epic imaginary game in their garden that reminds kids of the true excitement of making up games. The paintings in this book is the main source of the story as they really reflect the happiness of children at play, and reminds me of long ago times when my sister and I made up our own games that we escaped to.
I love the illustrations in this picture book more than the story itself. It was a family favourite when our children were growing up and it was lovely to read it again today. Jane Tanner captures the fantasy play in quite a realistic way with her illustrations. It is a great book to help show young readers some ideas of using their imagination and also a good tool for asking questions. There are also some challenging words in the text, like treacherous attack, which will help extend a child's vocabulary and give the adult sharing the story an opportunity to interact with the young listener. Some language seems a little old fashioned, like "Great Queen Drac, come to my aid before all is lost! ..."My absolute favourite illustration is of the Terrible Tongued Dragon. He is just gorgeous. He reminds me of our dog, Mitzi. The illustrations showcase a typical Australian rainforest backyard garden, complete with corrugated iron propped up against the tree for a cubby house.Just wonderful.
This was one of my all-time favourite pictures books for reading with my children. And they loved it too, even when they grew too old to admit to liking 'baby' books. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and the contrast between pictures and text is what makes for such a brilliant story. Clearly illustrates the power - and value - of imagination.
I have always loved this book. It is beautifully illustrated! I wish that today's children had the opportunity for such great imaginative play. I think that technology robs them of that opportunity. For that reason, I especially appreciate Drac and the Gremlin!!!
A celebration of imaginative play.
A 1001 CBYMRBYGU. A girl and boy spend their day with the mildest of props and the wildest of imaginations in a fun world, fighting dragons, racing on jetbikes, flying on spacecraft. Wonderful!