One Camel Called Doug
the perfect countdown to bedtime!
by Lu Fraser
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Pub Date 4 May 2022 | Archive Date 16 Feb 2022
Simon and Schuster UK Children's, Simon & Schuster Children's UK
Doug the camel is all alone and sometimes he wonders whether one is enough (it makes playing hide and seek terribly tough…). So when at first one, then two, then three, then four more camels turn up (followed by a whole camel herd), Doug delights in the possibilities all these new friends bring. But when Doug is ‘all camelled out’ from all the excitement and it's time to count down to bedtime, he takes just as much pleasure from the peace of being alone once again.
Lu Fraser’s warm, funny text is a delight to read out loud and is brilliantly illustrated by Sarah Warburton in the first book from this exciting new picture book partnership.
By Lu Fraser & Kate Hindley:
The Littlest Yak
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Average rating from 18 members
A fabulous book, that conveys the joy of getting a new friend, and then a further new friend, and then a newer new friend – and also of the delights of being alone with far fewer cares in the world. Faultless rhymes, a repeated section that introduces each new camel (did I not say we're talking about camels here?!) with a kind-of 'guess what finishes the rhyme' beat as each new arrival is named... There's a lot here to love and practically nothing to dislike. I mean, I'd never really wondered what dromedaries would wear as fancy dress – now I know. The charms of this book will be lasting.
This is an entertaining little book! I love the illustrations and the colour palette, and a camel as the character is an incredible choice! We don't see that very often, so kudos!
Lu Fraser has done it again! One Camel Called Doug is another standout, sparkling picture book from award-winning storyteller extraordinaire, Lu Fraser.
Lu's ability to create such loveable characters is bewitching - I adored delightful Doug and his camel crew in this charming and reassuring tale about finding pleasure and peace in solitude (because we all need a little alone/self care time).
With flawless rhyme and a fun counting element too, One Camel Called Doug will lead the herd for best picture books in 2022.
Loved this so much and so happy to see different animals in a child’s book fora change, loved Doug and his journey to make new friends, the rhymes are so cute and well done. A lovely read with great illustrations, thoroughly recommend
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
I absolutely adored One Camel named Doug - and so did my three year old! She enjoyed counting up as the new camels arrived, and remembered the names of each one, the rhyming scheme is fab and kept her engaged throughout the story, and she loved all the camels having their party! She wanted to know what the prize was in the pass the parcel... Fantastic illustrations, they kept her attention and she wanted to explore them. Personally I think the message that it's great to be with others but enjoying time on your own too is a wonderful one, I love the promotion of just being yourself, and being by yourself. Gorgeous book - would highly recommend.
We're HUGE fans of Lu Fraser's books, especially The Littlest Yak. I love how through her beautiful, rhyming storytelling she can melt a single character to your heart and leave them there forever like a good friend.
You are going to adore Doug. Doug knows all about one. He's on his own and wonders if he might be missing out. It's not long before there's another friend and another. So much fun can be had with more than one and it's not long before there's a caravan of camels! Yet this story has a lovely twist that after all of the frolicking fun, it's great being just one.
This would make an ideal read-aloud book with repeated refrains where children can all join in with brilliant rhyming strings to have you guessing what the name of the next camel and number might be.
It's so much more than just a counting book; the camels go up to five. However, each number is written in words and a maths Year 1 (England) expectation is for children to read and write numbers in their word form up to 20. Therefore this book would be useful to use if you are working on this aspect of maths. Introducing topics through story is always my preferred way.
Often in a book one spread jumps out at me and is my favourite but there are just too many to choose from. My daughter (5) couldn't pick just one either. The gentle, warm tones used by Sarah with the pops of colour are magnificent. There is so much to spot. One page had us stopping and discussing for quite a while and that was the fancy dress page; brilliant camel humps. It's a must see! Another dream pairing of author and illustrator working in complete harmony together to bring us a stand out book for 2022.
I'd recommend One Camel Called Doug for picture book lovers of any age. Both my daughter and I gave it 5 stars.
Thank you #SimonAndSchuster and #NetGalley for letting us read and review this eARC #OneCamelCalledDoug
A picture book that is as entertaining as it is awesomely colourful. A feast for the young mind to explore and engage with through Lu's fabulous rhymes which just flow from page to page and leap into ones own voice so easily.
And who doesn't love Sarah's artwork? It had us in awe and stitches as we explored the shenanigans of Doug and his new pals as they explored the joys of newfound friends and the activities and fun they could have together. But the message as equally important as the friends, and one I was so pleased to see, was that downtime, me time, was a good thing too. As an autistic adult, this is so good to see being taught.
As for Doug's leg warmers, well, Lu will have to start a 'Doug' branded merchandise store! I'm up for some . . . for our own camel, naturally! 😉
A must-have buy for this year and a great companion for 'The Littlest Yak'.
The illustrations in this book are really cute. This story is about a camel called Doug, there was just one of everything until more camels arrived. Great counting book. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book.
As fun as this book is, there are some clever layers that make it a top text for 2022. Firstly, it’s a counting book from one to five and secondly, there’s a clever double message about balancing friendship with time alone or, to put it another way, balancing party time with downtime. We really liked that the story comes full-circle and the ending really does make it the perfect bedtime story.
We are big fans of Lu Fraser’s picture books and Lu seems to be setting a trend for unusual, fun and larger than life animal characters. The Viking That Loved Icing and The Witchling’s Witch were both big hits but One Camel Called Doug is very much in the same ilk as Lu’s debut, The Littlest Yak. With yaks and now camels, we simply can’t wait to see what is coming next!
One Camel Called Doug is available to pre-order and released on 17th February 2022. A big thanks to @NetGalley for the digital review copy.
If you haven't met Gertie the Littlest Yak from Lu Fraser's previous picture book, what have you been doing!? You'll love that book but here is the next one to be excited about! You must add both to your Picture Book library at home!
One quick look at Doug, right there on the cover, you just know he's going to be such a fun camel!
Look at that blue quiff hairstyle & groovy legwarmers!
Get ready for some lovely rhymes & a crazy, fun story.
Doug's adventure starts with just him but guess who else will soon join in?
The illustrations by Sarah Warburton are so detailed there's a lot to talk about after you've read the story.
We love this one so much & will be reading it to everyone in our reading MiniClub. It'll make everyone smile!
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