The Great and Wondrous Storyteller by Michael Scott Parkinson
Published by The Five Mile Press
Norbert P. Winklebottom is a lovable, green monster, as well as being the great and wondrous storyteller, who believes he has read all the books in the world. He also has read everywhere in the world from the top of cloud-clad mountains to the bottom of the deepest ocean and he has even read to goldfish … yes, indeed!
Sadly though, when his friends try to get him to read to them, he shows he is a storyteller in more ways than one. He continues to brag about his reading skills, despite holding a book upside down and looking for its ON button. His friends quickly realise that he may be fibbing about his wondrous storytelling skills.
When Norbert’s Dad comes on the scene, we realise Norbert is only trying to be a grown up and sadly doesn’t even know how to read nor how to find a book. With his Dad’s help, Norbert joins the library and exclaims that he will read books about everything and he will read them to everyone! It will just take him a little time to work it out … and then, eventually, he WILL be the great and wondrous storyteller.
I appreciated how this book extolls the virtues of reading anywhere and everywhere, anything and everything to anyone and everyone and the importance of libraries to take you there. It would be a fabulous introduction for very young readers embarking on their journey into the storytelling world. I also liked how it emphasised you need to take small steps before you take on the world.
The illustrations are slightly vintage, colourful, cartoon like, with the use of huge eyes that engage the reader at every page turn. I particularly enjoyed the way a double page spread was printed deliberately upside down to draw attention to Norbert’s inability to read at all.
I would absolutely recommend this engaging and fun book to pre-school age readers.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Michael Scott Parkinson
Title: The Great and Wondrous Storyteller
Publisher: The Five Mile Press
Published: August 2015