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The Monstrous Tale of Celery Crumble

The Monstrous Tale of Celery Crumble

Published: 6 Aug 2020

Paperback / softback, 32 pages

Recommended for age 3+ and 5+

By Ben Joel Price

Published by Oxford University Press

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Celery Crumble is a naughty girl who likes to play tricks. But no matter how many times she is warned that if she behaves like a monster then a monster she will become, Celery replies, 'Sorry. Not Sorry!' One morning Celery wakes to find she has boils on her back, claws on her toes, and a witchy, stripy tail. Will Celery now learn how to say sorry?

Reviewed by Aimee Durning

The Monstrous Tale of Celery Crumble probably rings true for many of us. Everyone has met a Celery Crumble at some stage in their life. When introducing the book to Year 2, a child said, “I love crumble but hate celery.” Would we love Celery Crumble, or would we find her behaviour slightly distasteful?

Sadly, young Miss Crumble already has the reputation of a naughty, mischievous child and never fails to surprise those around her with her misdemeanours. Unfortunately, she can turn the simplest of tasks into mischief.  She is warned repeatedly that eventually her poor behaviour will catch up with her and must be stark ramifications.

Just as her name conjures up the ridiculous thought of celery crumble, (…maybe with ice cream. Yuck!). This beautifully illustrated picture book makes you think about the importance of saying sorry, you need to understand exactly what the word means and why you have to say it. Just like Celery, we are mostly, all capable of saying sorry when mistakes are made. However, are we sorry? How do we know we are sorry?

The Monstrous Tale of Celery Crumble written and illustrated by Ben Joel Price is perfect for all ages but especially Reception and Key Stage One.  The rhyming text makes it ideal for reading aloud while the story and character are also very funny, at times laugh-out-loud. Celery’s story could be used to unpack the meaning of the word sorry (building empathy, compassion and understanding) and why we say sorry to others.

Aimee works at the University of Cambridge Primary School as the Lead Learning Coach (TA) and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. She loves reading and sharing her passion for children’s literature with everyone she meets. Another passion of Aimee’s is educational success for all children and she endeavours to assist children to reach their full potential.