One night Baby Bear was about to go to bed when he looked out of the window. And he saw the moon. Suddenly he decided that he wanted to go to the moon. But he had a problem, as his mother told him. "You need a rocket first." And that was the beginning of Baby Bear's wonderful adventure.
Whatever Next! tells us the magical story about Baby Bear and his adventure to the moon just before bath time one evening. Baby Bear gazes at the moon and decides that he would like to go to the moon, just as Mrs Bear is calling him for a bath. Baby Bear finds a rocket, a space helmet and some space boots and sets out on his journey. On his way, Baby Bear makes friends with an owl and an aeroplane full of passengers who wave at Baby Bear. Baby Bear and the owl enjoy a picnic on the moon then set off back for Baby Bears’ bath. Baby Bear made the long journey back, through the rain, ready to get in his bath. He gets back, tells Mrs Bear of his adventure but she doesn't quite believe him.
Whatever Next! Is the second instalment from Jill Murphy about the wonderful adventures of the Bear family. The story centres on Baby Bear and his adventure to the moon, just before bath time! The book is beautifully written and is a great story for children and adults! The illustrations are magnificent which add to the charm, fun and great sense of humour to make this a classic. This is a great book for KS1 and 2 children because of its easy to read nature, enchanting story, its colourful and fantastic illustrations and the fun it will bring from being read aloud. An absolute must have!
As stated above, “Whatever Next!” is a fictional picture book written and illustrated by Jill Murphy. The author introduces us to the second instalment of adventures in the bear family that were introduced to us in her previous book “Peace at Last”. “Whatever Next!” involves Baby bear before bath time asking Mrs Bear whether he can go to the moon. Mrs Bear replies with “You would need to find a rocket first” and with this in mind Baby bear uses items around the house in order to make a rocket and prepare for his adventure to the moon.
The story is very simple and easy to follow making it a perfect choice for before bedtime or for a quick story in the classroom. The language used means it would be good for children to read along with a teacher or to read it themselves. It is illustrated with many pictures in order to engage early readers and could be used for Key stage 1 or 2 depending on how it is used. It allows children to use their imagination and follow Baby bear’s adventure to the moon, discovering how household items could be seen as something else.
The way in which the book is written means it would be good for children who are learning sequencing techniques, as the story follows a logical trail as to what Baby bear believes is the first thing to prepare and so on, until he has all the items he needs. I also believe it would be a great book to start a topic involving space and could be used in a variety of subjects such as art by allowing the children to design and create a rocket themselves, literacy, writing a letter home from the moon and science, to introduce space. Although, there are not many adjectives or descriptive words, this could add to children using their imagination and becoming creative with words.
Overall, this is an enjoyable book that all ages could enjoy with beautifully illustrated pictures to compliment the story and could be used with a variety of techniques for everyone to appreciate.
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- Reading Age: 5+
- Reading Aloud Age: 3+
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