Mammoth Stew is a book about a wee boy called Inga, who sets himself the challenge of catching a mammoth. This book will appeal to younger readers who will delight in the images of the mammoth teasing Inga. As Inga’s frustration grows, he resorts to some name-calling, e.g. “Stupid fat elephant!”. There are words used in the text which may be unfamiliar to younger children such as noose, aromas and fumed. On the flipside, there are a variety of verbs used to describe the actions of the boy. There are plenty of opportunities for children to comment on pictures and the plot as well as teachers using this to inspire STEM challenges like designing a ‘trap’.
Title: Mammoth Stew
Author & Illustrator: Bob Darroch
Publisher: Bateman Books
Date of Publication: 2020
Do you have any advisory warnings for this book? Name calling, e.g. stupid, fat, silly, lump
Reviewer: Kate Tonks, SENCO, Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown
How are you recommending this book? Recommended
What’s the book’s opening sentence? Inga was hungry.
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