A new voice in picture books: Michelle Robinson
illustrated by Peter Reynolds
Illustrated by the wonderful Peter Reynolds of The Dot and Judy Moody fame, this utterly wacky tale of a jungle-themed chain of disasters is sure to have little audiences (and grown-up readers) in stitches. This aspiring guide to the wilderness for budding explorers is written in a way that conjures comical situations: the narrator talks directly to the hero of the book, and each piece of advice offered to the little explorer ends in a new disaster as he does the exact opposite. The one-way conversation of the narrator and the reactions of the hero shown only in the illustrations work in tandem to perfection to create an hilarious chain of silly situations. The gradual despair in the narrator’s tone at the boy’s obvious lack of common sense (“Honestly, you’re hopeless! If you’ve been noticed by a crocodile , don’t expect me to help you” – harsh, but understandable!) helps make the whole story even more wacky. This exhilarating story is teamed by great cartoon-like illustrations by Reynolds who manages to bring out the boy’s thoughts onto his face as well as the animals’ perfectly.
With bucketfuls of laughs and silliness, and no adults in sight, What to Do if an Elephant Stands on Your Foot will be a hit with children and adults alike.
illustrated by Nick East
It is nearly bedtime and before going to bed a little boy needs to say good night to all his toy vehicles and put them away. But as he says good night to each one, his mind wanders off on exciting adventures in the driving seat of his favourite toys.
Goodnight Digger is destined to be a massive hit, particularly with little people obsessed by diggers and other vehicles. Written in rhyme with plenty of repetition, this is a gentle story which is ideal for bedtime and trying to set up a pre-bedtime routine of tidying up toys. The artwork is soft, with subtle colours which help create the right atmosphere for bedtime, aided with the shimmery stars that can be found throughout. There is enough detail in the drawings of the vehicles to keep little readers captivated too. Prepare yourselves to read this one over, and over, and over again!
illustrated by Lauren Tobia
If eating fruit is not on the list of your child’s favourite things to do, How to Find a Fruit Bat might be just the book for you. In the same way as What to Do … , How to Find a Fruit Bat reads as a step-by-step guide to adventure, this time to look for a fruit bat that will eat all your unwanted fruit for you! Readers therefore follow a little girl on her journey as she and her faithful cat take on the challenge to find the coveted animal. The illustrations are very child-friendly, with a beautiful palette of colours, particularly in the jungle scenes which are stunning. When the little heroin finds herself in a sticky situation with nothing else to eat but fruit, she starts to look at it in a different light, with the help of a few jungle creatures.
From different types of fruit to the flora and fauna of the jungle, there is plenty to discover and discuss within the pages of How to Find a Fruit Bat. Even the endpapers, which present a selection of fruit, can be part of the discovery. The text, which is written in a jovial tone, is entertaining and engaging for young readers. How to Find a Fruit Bat is a really lovely book, with an unusual take on the subject of not eating fruit. Well worth discovering!
Source: How to find a Fruit Bat and Goodnight Digger were review copies from publisher.
What to Do if an Elephant Stands on Your Foot was sent to my mouslings, signed, as a gift from Michelle.
Tomorrow, Michelle is inaugurating a new feature on Library Mice, make sure to come back and have a look!