This is a ball
Beck & Matt Stanton
ABC Books/HarperCollins, 2015
hbk., 32pp., RRP $A19.99
The cover encapsulates what this is about and the fun preschoolers will have with it. The title clearly states “This is a ball” but the picture is a cube! And so it begins with ‘misnamed’ objects being introduced throughout accompanied by a “commentary” that suggests the interaction between child and reader. Designed with pages and illustrations that reminded me of those by Dick Bruna and their impact, I can hear the children’s delight in my mind when I share it with them. And the last page is unique – it will start all the fun all over again.
Thinking further, this is not only a book for the preschoolers in our lives, but also those who are learning English. Many of my students are from the Introductory English Centre who have only been in the country a few days and they love these sorts of things where they can show off their knowledge of their new language. They might not know “princess’ yet but they will know she’s not a “monster” and it’s going to really encourage them to listen as well as look. And then maybe create their own stories for a display!
The authors wrote this book for their goddaughter who loves playing the game with them but it is one that is going to bring a lot of fun and learning to some special students I know. Don’t think because it’s target audience is the very young that it doesn’t have a place in your collection.