Lorena Siminovich
(Templar Publishing)

I Like Peas is one of two new titles from Petit Collage, a touch and feel board book collection from Templar Publishing.  This particular title uses the theme of vegetables and vegetable-growing  to illustrate some simple example of opposites: above-below (carrot), inside-outside (peas), tall-short (corn), big-small (pumpkin), empty-full (vegetable basket).  The touch and feel features  bring a lovely tactile experience for the young readers.

“I Like Peas”: what a lovely statement to make from the start and what a lovely theme to use and to promote to the youngest audience. I think this is definitely one of the strengths of this book, making it stand out from many other similar offerings.

I enjoyed the really natural look of the book: the use of  vibrant colours which really bring the vegetables to life, the use of collage within the illustrations, the background which looks like wood.  It is like you are looking in someone’s shed, having a peek at someone’s allotment. The whole ambiance of the book promotes an eco-friendly, almost pro self-sufficiency, message, which is a really positive thing.
I hope that using vegetables to illustrate the opposites will in turn encourage parents to introduce those vegetables to their children; the use of collage and bright colours do such a great job of making the vegetables beautiful and attractive, it would be a shame not to take full advantage of it! Afterall,  isn’t the last statement of the book, “I Like Vegetables”, what we all hope our offspring will one day declare?

Sent for review by publisher