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Nov 08 2011

Laughing hyena by Shoo Rayner

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Pearson Picture Books. Pearson, 2011. ISBN 978 1 4425 4808 4.
(Age: Junior Primary) Hyena loves to laugh and play tricks on his friends. He frightens zebra, glues a coin to the pavement so elephant is fooled and continues to trick the bears. The animals get their revenge when one of the bears shouts to Hyena not to step backwards. He does of course and falls in the hole! They all laugh, with Hyena admitting that he fell for that trick. The story shows how unthinking tricks can be upsetting to the receiver and when they back fire, the recipient needs a good sense of humour! The illustrations are bright, clear and large, and fun to interpret for young readers. Well recommended.
Sue Nosworthy

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