Book reviews

A Giraffe in the Bath

Written by Mem Fox & Olivia Rawson | Illustrated by Kerry Argent |
Reviewer: Lejla Kartal

Book cover of A Giraffe in the Bath

“A Giraffe in the Bath” is a laugh-out-loud picture book that’s all about the illustrations! As you read it, you will be surprised with the different scenarios Mem Fox and Olivia Rawson have come up with, and you will be amazed at the pictures Kerry Argent has created.

All of Kerry’s drawings are so big, they take up the whole page. They are detailed and most importantly, they’re fun to look at! Each picture drawn by Kerry involves a different animal. One of my favourite sentences reads “A crocodile with style – now does that make you smile?”

I found this book very amusing, and I have read it over and over again. I loved it so much it definitely deserves an A+ and a 10 out of 10. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good, hearty laugh.

The Dog Who Could Dig

Written by Jonathan Long | Illustrated by Korky Paul |
Reviewer: Lejla Kartal

Book cover of The Dog Who Could Dig

“The Dog Who Could Dig” is a silly little story about a dog that buried a bone just won't stop digging. He can’t remember where it is!  As he looks and looks for his bone, he discovers some strange things. Finally, he finds his dinner – but it’s a lot more than one bone!

“The Dog Who Could dig” has plenty of full-page illustrations, each with two or three rhyming couplets about the picture that keep the story moving.

Some of the funniest ones are:
“’Great!’ said the dog, holding out one of his paws,
‘Two million pounds and the bones will be yours!’”

“’Sorry,’ said the dog, ‘I do beg your pardon,
I didn’t expect to find you in the garden!’”

Overall, “The Dog Who Could Dig” is a funny story that will have children and parents alike laughing at the things this dog finds. It is recommended for children of 3 – 8 years of age”.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Written & illustrated by Eric Carle | Reviewer: Lejla Kartal

Book cover of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is a lovely little picture book about a little caterpillar that comes out of his egg and goes looking for some food. He keeps on eating and eating and eating, until finally he creates a cocoon around himself. As you read this book, you will learn about the life cycle of a butterfly – from egg to caterpillar, to cocoon and finally to beautiful butterfly.  Children will learn about numbers, days of the week and the life cycle of a butterfly.

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” has some amazing full-page illustrations, each with a few sentences about the picture.

My favourite lines from the story include:
“Now he wasn’t hungry anymore – and he wasn’t a little caterpillar anymore. He was a big, fat caterpillar.”

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is a great story book that’s aimed at children from 2-5 years, but fun for all ages.