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Friday, 2 January 2015

What do you see?

January 1st 2015

Linus adores What Do You See?, it has a magnifying glass with touch sounds, so what's not to like? I had thought this was an Eric Carle book, on closer inspection it is a "World of Eric Carle" book written by Jennifer H. Keast. It's a lot of fun and there are words to read, pictures to look at and plenty to see and do. It is also quite educational and a good introduction to insects. It isn't the best bedtime story book though. The lure of the magnifying glass makes it a little too distracting.

The Scarecrows' Wedding is, at time of writing, the most current Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler book. It's so new, no one has made it into a stage play yet. I'm sure they'll get there at some point, it has all the ingredients, a love story, a bad guy, drama and a tale of the perils of smoking, especially if you're a scarecrow.

I Love You When is by Annie Baker, it's a short rhyme, beautifully illustrated by Barroux. As with many picture books, it's the illustrations that lead the way. The poem is witty and fun but it does feel a little short. I'm not familiar with Barroux but he appears to be a prolific illustrator, with quite a unique style.

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