This is a Circle
Random House, 2016
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Take a wild-looking one-eyed bear, a pant-wearing fluffy-eared fox, a song-singing cat and a tap-dancing goat and some everyday props and you have the ingredients for a fun, saucy adventure that will appeal to young readers who love exploring the rhythm and rhyme of our language. Written in rhyme with bold cartoon-feel illustrations that bring so much to the text, this is a quirky Seuss-like tale that has enormous appeal from its unusual cover to its thought-provoking end!!
Because of the marriage between the text and the illustrations and the repetition of the key words (each in a larger font) this is one that will enable pre-readers to tell themselves the story and indulge in the experience of being a reader.
This is the creator’s first book – her second, There’s Something Weird in Santa’s Beard will be out nearer Christmas – and even though she is a secondary teacher from Melbourne, my first thought was that this was someone with lots of experience with little ones and teaching them to read. It has all the elements they will enjoy and would be a perfect curl-up-together bedtime book.