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Wednesday 18 February 2015

Review: Daniel O'Dowd was ever so Loud

Daniel O’Dowd is rather loud. So loud that he can’t hear anything else when he is talking (and neither can the rest of his class). So loud that the elephant hides when he visits the zoo. So loud that he can knock down a lighthouse with the sound of his voice!

It’s not surprising that everyone finds Daniel’s voice a bit of a problem. Then one day the earth is under threat from an approaching asteroid. Maybe Daniel’s voice can save the day?

Daniel O’Dowd was ever so Loud is a humorous story about a little boy who eventually finds a wonderful use for his very loud voice. But don’t think that Daniel saving the day is the end of the adventure. He still needs to learn how to control that powerful voice to be able to find out how to safely return home.

Julie Fulton’s enjoyable story is complemented perfectly by Elina Ellis’ engaging illustrations. Children are sure to smile as they read about Daniel's misadventures with his powerful voice and then wonder whether he will find his way safely home after he saves the world.

For children interested in space or those who simply need a reminder occasionally to use their ‘inside voice’, Daniel O’Dowd was ever so Loud is an enjoyable story to read aloud. It is part of the Ever So series of picture books which includes Mrs MacCready was ever so Greedy, Miss Dorothy-Jane was ever so Vain, and Tabitha Posy was ever so Nosy.

Title: Daniel O'Dowd was ever so Loud
Author: Julie Fulton
Illustrator: Elina Ellis
Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: January 2015
Format: Soft Cover
ISBN: 9781848861183
For ages: 3 - 7
Type: Picture Book