Something for Fleur
Lothian Children’s, 2018
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Fleur the Flamingo has a birthday coming up and her friend Bo is teasing her with the clues about her present by sending her letters. The first clue is that it is very big – could that mean there will be ice-cream mountains or ten-tiered cakes? The second clue is that it is very strong. Could that mean superheroes with soaring wings or body builders to carry things? The third clue has Fleur baffled – it is a little bit wobbly! So maybe multi-coloured swimming fishes or belly dancers to polish dishes.
But on her birthday there was nothing in the letterbox and no parcel on her doorstep! So she waited and waited and waited and then…
Storybooks that you can hear yourself reading and imagine the children responding to, are the very best IMO. And that is the case with this one. We could have so much fun trying to imagine what Fleur’s present might be and gradually eliminating suggestions as we combine the clues.
Rhyme, rhythm, and a touch of intrigue – wonderful!