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Sunday 11 July 2010

Review: Look Out Leon

Title: Look Out Leon

Author: Jez Alborough

Illustrator: Jez Alborough

Publisher: Walker Books, $24.95 RRP

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781406319927

For ages: 1 - 5

Type: Picture book

About: This is an absolutely delightful book that will be enjoyed by all children, especially those with an interest in animals. The story follows Leon the chameleon as he learns to use his skills to blend in with a few mishaps along the way. Written by the hugely talented and award winning author and illustrator Jez Alborough parents can be assured this fantastic book is both educational and entertaining.

The cover title gives the reader an excellent insight into the story. We watch Leon as he ventures into the jungle trying to avoid being eaten for lunch and wondering who is watching him now?

The illustrations are fantastic and the push pull flaps were absolutely brilliant. Children can see how a chameleon uses his skills to “blend” and we also see the many colours and textures of the jungle through the artful illustrations throughout the book. In addition to the tabs, children can also rotate flaps and it allows them not only to physically interact with the text, but also to develop their manual dexterity as well.

The use of repetition throughout means children can easily pick up the language of the text which means they can be active rather than passive readers. Alborough has also used a mix of font sizes which are excellent signposts for parents regarding how to read the post with increased volume on occasion!

This book is a great addition to our family library and will make for an excellent birthday present on up coming occasions.

- this review by Sarah Pietrzak

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