Jasper Juggles Jellyfish
Ford Street, 2018
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
“By the corals of the ocean, where it’s quiet, calm and cool,
an octopus named Jasper dragged his tentacles to school.
He felt that counting jellyfish was too much of a struggle.
“I just can’t do it,” Jasper said. “I’d rather learn to juggle.”
And so, with the help of some obliging jellyfish, he did. First he tried throwing them all in the air but they splattered everywhere, so on the wise advice of freckle he started with just one, then two then three, then four. But four proved a bit of a challenge so it was time for some more advice, this time from Curlywurly and soon Jasper discovered he could count way past the original five!
With its unique concept, rhyming text that is LOL funny, and bright bold pictures, this is a charming counting book that will engage the young reader because it has a real story to it. It’s more than just pointing, matching and counting underscoring the book’s message that we can learn anything if we find a way that suits us. And there is so much more in the story than just being able to count to 12, all of which would lend itself to some splendid artwork that could explain all that the children have learned while they’ve been having such fun.