Described by the publisher as an ‘explosion of fun and pure joy’ this is a delightfully riotous and exuberant picture book full of colour and humour. The Rawa Community School is on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert and the children there helped to write the text along with Alison and Jane and provided all the cut-out illustrations. What an experience it must have been for all as these two celebrated authors worked alongside the middle school students drawing out all their creativity and their own Martu cultural knowledge.
Some very crazy looking monsters emerge from Dora Lake giving the children a little scare before going completely bonkers all around the place, even to school which completely disrupts a good day’s learning!
Loaded with rhyme, rhythm and some wonderful onomatopoeia cleverly highlighted in large colourful fonts, this will be a real hit with little ones either to read by themselves or as an enthusiastic read-aloud.
Highly recommended for little readers from around toddlers upwards!
||Allen & Unwin
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Is there a new baby or a toddler in your circle? If so, the inimitable Alison Lester has once again created a beautiful book that would make a perfect first-book gift.
Combining four stories, previously available as board books, into an exquisite single volume with a lovely padded cover, Baby Days is a delightful collection for small humans ‘discovering the world of things they love to do’.
Bibs and Boots
Bumping and Bouncing
Crashing and Splashing
Happy and Sad
Each double page spread is like a snapshot framed in a border, with the signature Alison Lester style, displaying activities that tiny people will recognise and to which they will respond.
Little details abound – such as the rather shocked faces of toys who are being speedily pulled along in a wagon attached to a billy cart or the baby eating sand in the sandpit, rather than digging in it. Scenes from the backyard, the playroom, the beach, the park, the farm, the kitchen, Grandma’s place and more will resonate with the small audience and provide much conversation as little ones explore language.
In sunshine and rain, whether happy or sad, babies will recognise much that corresponds with their own families and homes.
Pop one into the Santa sack of your favourite little human this Christmas!