A & U Children’s, 2023
32pp., hbk., $A24.99
In the early morning they make shadows on the bedroom wall that are tall enough to touch the ceiling.
At lunchtime their shadows disappear altogether!
And in the evening, they can look scary and fearsome!
As with its predecessor Puddle Hunters, it is the everyday, take-for-granted things that give two children the greatest delight. This time they chase their shadows across a day having so much fun with something that needs only a sunny day, some imagination and awareness.
Apart from just the sheer enjoyment of the story which exudes from each page, this is ideal for starting all sorts of scientific investigations about the light, the sun and its movement and direction, as well as measurement if you map your shadow at different times of the day.
Picture books that celebrate the joy of being a child, that take something as simple as a game of shadow catching that everyone can do and turn them into a magical experience, that make the ordinary extraordinary are among the best, in my opinion, because the young reader can instantly relate to them and join in the fun. Who wouldn’t be wanting to head outside on the next sunny day and have the same sort of fun? So whether it’s catching your shadow or jumping in puddles, share a memory-making moment that cost nothing!