There is a noise in the woods; it is coming nearer… and nearer. One by one the animals, peacefully minding their own business, flee, until they can go no further. Turning to face the monster, they discover it is… well that is the surprise.
This is a lively picture book with appropriately lively illustrations. The constant repetitions of key phrases -‘The ground shook and shuddered’… ‘It was a terrible noise’ – lends a satisfying rhythm to the text making it an ideal story to read aloud. It also heightens the suspense adding drama and finally humour when the surprise is revealed. This is further enhanced by a very effective fold out scene. Clear font that does not resort to too many distracting gimmicks and well placed text that encourages the reader to turn the page further recommend this book as one to share.