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Iced Out Book

Iced Out  By Isabella Bunnell and CK Smouha

The story of a walrus and a narwhal, who, with the help of a beluga, discover that being different can be cool!

Wilfred Walrus and Neville Narwhal are the only kids in Miss Blubber’s class who are not seals. Life is tough being the odd ones out – lunchtimes and football matches and school photos all present challenges to the two outliers. And they don’t even like each other very much!

When Betty Beluga joins the class, everything changes. Betty is smart and independent and amazing at football. As a friendship forms, Betty helps the two boys to recognise that being different isn’t always a bad thing!

A warm, funny tale about friendship and fitting in that school-aged children are sure to identify with. Isabella Bunnell’s joyous watercolour illustrations are complimented by luxuriant packaging.

Price: £11.95 Amazon, Waterstones, Museum Bookshops, local/regional bookshops

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Iced Out Book Reviews

Product Tested By Sarah Murphy – Aishah 6 Years

Sarah Awarded The Iced Out Book 4.4/5

I was intrigued by the graphics and the cover. I wouldn’t normally choose a book like this nor do the illustrations look hand drawn so it was a nice changed to digital images. It almost felt old fashioned as we’re so used to sparkly or digitalised images on books. She is in the unicorn phase so wouldn’t normally choose a book like this, the colour scheme made her feel like it was for a boy but yes she wanted to read more because she wasn’t sure what the book was about and couldn’t guess. She was also intrigued by the animals as she couldn’t name them all so wanted to read on to find this out. It was so beautiful and much needed in today’s age where school seems a struggle especially with friend’s right across primary and high school. As a counsellor I am regularly coming across friendship issues and young people desperate to fit in so to be able to refer this book to them would fill me with confidence that they wouldn’t feel like the only one and things can work out. It also highlighted a very important issue to have confidence in not caving into pressure to have a boyfriend just because parties are interested. I loved this point, Betty was so cool and sophisticated in declining their advances, and this could really benefit young girls. I was quite emotional reading it and so happy with the ending. She loved it. She giggled at the wit but also took on board the serious message and felt relief for the three who bonded in the end. She could even relate to Betty and it made her feel proud that it’s cool and savvy to not try and fit in but be herself, something which she has struggled with in school.  The initial intrigue as to what it was about, what was going to happen, the surprise when Betty was introduced the competition between the boys, the suspense when Neville was furious with Wilfred…oh no what is he going to do then the clever twist which turned it into a game of hide and seek which formed their friendship. Definitely! At first she was a bit confused what the animals were thinking they were all fish but after reading on she understood and appreciated them more. This was a positive because it was a learning curve. I feel it was like nothing we’ve seen before and we read a lot so it was a nice change. the sketched method gave it a floating feel as if they were under the sea, it felt more personal too as if someone had hand drawn it especially for our story. The colour scheme was warm and inviting too. First impression I thought it was too long but then this was due to the size of the book and thickness of the pages. It was only when I started reading I realised how well it flowed and how much space the great pictures took up so it was perfect in length and each issue given just the right amount of time. This is definitely age appropriate. This is the age when children are starting year 1 and independence is expected of them in school, friendships and groups are forming. The attraction to Betty and the boys attempt to impress her were perhaps a little too mature for a 5 year old but I feel that age range could still appreciate the story and not understand or focus too much on that point. Read twice in the first day then placed on her favourite shelf! We then read it every other day in the first week.  She loved how Betty came along and stayed true to herself, she wasn’t bothered about fitting in and was happy doing her own thing. Absolutely ideal for infant and junior schools. It covers such important issues in a very child friendly and humorous way so it doesn’t appear or feel educational but it is very much so. At first I was shocked by the price tag and on picking it up I thought it was quite a long story for a children’s book but this was due to the appearance and size of the book. When I opened it I appreciated the quality of the paper, the skill gone into the illustrations and story itself so this made me mark it 4/5. I do wonder if there is a need to use such thick paper and it cheaper paper could be used to bring the price tag down this would make it more appealable to me and maybe schools.  It’s difficult because I love the story and concept which I am passionate about but it the price tag is a lot and more than I would normally spend on a book. Maybe if it was recommended or made clear what issues were covered then this would make me more inclined to pay this. When my daughter had friendship issues I sought out child friendly books that addressed this issue and it was clear from the cover and title of that book what I was getting whereas this could appear to be a book about a sea story. It is clear effort and time has gone in to making this special, the quality of the hardback and paper but this wouldn’t make me more inclined to pay this much for a book.  I would buy this because it covers issues that will stand the test of time so something we can keep referring back to when the friendship and then relationship issue comes up. I would recommend because the issues covered are so important in child development, emotional health, bullying and safe relationships/boundaries and not giving into peer pressure or following the crowd. I loved it. I loved the concept, the issues covered began so subtly and child friendly. It was realistic too, showing how someone’s appearance and character can make them feel like an outcast and clumsy until they’re appreciated by someone they least expected. The fact school sports and parties were listed as an issue for them shows the author is aware of issues young people face in school and society, the pressure to fit in and how they feel being left out. Then Betty swoons along, another outcast but not phased at all. It was so clever and young people can aspire to be like Betty! The quality was no doubt high with the hard back and paper but I personally wouldn’t look for or expect this in a book so this is why it isn’t a 5 because I can understand how the high price tag has maybe been justified by the materials used. Sarah Murphy – Aishah 6 Years

Product Tested By Krishna Topan – Maya 8 years

Krishna Awarded The Iced Out Book 4.4/5

Looks great. Unusual and had a point to the story. My daughter loved reading the book. She loved the story but found the book is more suitable for younger children. The colourful drawings made the book more fun.  The illustrations mad the story comes alive.  I believe the length of the story is more suitable for younger children. I do agree 5 years plus is age appropriate for this book.  My daughter read this twice because the story was good and the pictures were fun to look at. I loved the moral of the story of how everyone is different. I think it would be an ideal book for infant schools. The quality of this book is very good. Expensive for a children’s book.  I would buy this but for a younger child. I would recommend. Great story for younger children. The concept of the story is really good and makes the child think about things. Krishna Topan – Maya 8 years

Product Tested By Janka Miklankova – David 6 Years

Janka Awarded The Ice Out Book 5/5

Looked a really lovely book and my son was eager to read.  My son when he saw this book he wants to read straight away. My son was very interested in this book. My son like this book and the story. As a friendship forms Betty helps the two boys to recognise that being different is not always a bad thing. My son really liked the illustrations.  They really did enhance the story and make it come alive. The story is well written and very exciting. I agree this is an ideal book for 5 years plus. We read the book quite a few times.  He liked how Betty came to class and how she was playing football. An ideal book to have in schools.  Very good quality and very nice painting and very nicely written.  Certainly good value.  I would buy this book.  I would also recommend as has a good message. A really lovely book, a great story which we enjoyed. Janka Miklankova – David 6 Years

I loved it. I loved the concept, the issues covered began so subtly and child friendly. It was realistic too, showing how someone’s appearance and character can make them feel like an outcast and clumsy until they’re appreciated by someone they least expected. The fact school sports and parties were listed as an issue for them shows the author is aware of issues young people face in school and society, the pressure to fit in and how they feel being left out. Then Betty swoons along, another outcast but not phased at all. It was so clever and young people can aspire to be like Betty! The quality was no doubt high

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Sarah Awarded The Iced Out Book 4.4/5

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