32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Oh dear, there is a new baby in the Alligator family and Gwendolyn Grace is too noisy. Mama Alligator asks her to be quiet so Baby can sleep and Gwendolyn Grace is dismayed at all the things she can no longer do. She is a busy, boisterous child and now there is no more making music in the kitchen, or sliding down the stairs, or swimming in the bath. No more of any of the fun things Gwendolyn Grace loves to do until…
Young readers who know what it’s like to have a new baby in the family will empathise with Gwendolyn Grace in this engaging debut picture book from Katherine Hannigan. They will recognise all the things that are suddenly not allowed, laugh as Gwendolyn Grace re-enacts all the things that she knows will be banned just to test her mother’s reactions, be challenged by thinking about what Gwendolyn Grace could do, and delight in the ending.
Told in the format of a request and response, the minimal text is complemented by the most delightful pictures that convey so much emotion and action. A thoroughly charming story for the very young.