Review: A mammoth in the fridge – moved

A mammoth in the fridge
A mammoth in the fridge by Michaël Escoffier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A funny book with a lovely twist at the end. Perfect for younger readers.

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Review: The terrible suitcase – moved

The terrible suitcase
The terrible suitcase by Emma Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lovely story about the first day of school, and how one little thing can ruin the day – or does it. Great illustrations and good writing. Blackwood’s trademark pencil and watercolour illustrations are excellently suited to this story for pre-schoolers and preps.

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Rufus the Numbat – David Miller

Rufus the NumbatRufus the Numbat by David Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a delightful book, with David Miller’s trademark paper constructions illustrating the story of Rufus the Numbat’s shambolic journey through town. Rufus wanders around, entirely oblivious to the mayhem and destruction he leaves in his wake, and once the journey is complete he returns to his burrow for a well-earned rest.

I was not completely happy with this book at first; something was making me uncomfortable; something was not quite right. And then I realised – the text is superfluous. In fact, it’s a bit of a distraction from what might have been a wonderful word-less picture book. Miller’s visual storytelling is far superior to the text, and I feel the book would have been more complete without it.

The production of this title is Ford Street usual excellent standard, and this book would be a fine addition to any library or bookshelf.

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