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Thursday 25 November 2010

Review: Incy Wincy Spider

A timeless nursery rhyme is brought to life as the opening poem for this gorgeous new book by NLA publisher Susan Hall. Featuring a photo of a rusting tap against corrugated iron, a native Australian spider climbs the water spout via a sliding tab… an image taken from the enormous collection of Library images.

On the next page, we meet a Tasmanian dragonfly, hovering above a lilypad pond… pull the tab and uh-oh! A hungry frog appears! The following page hosts a sticky house fly, feasting on a pink, iced cupcake… shake that cake and make it fly away!

And so we meet a cavalcade of insect critters, each with their own striking background and pull-the-tab, lift-the-flap, wriggle-things-about feature.

What I love about this book is that the background photos feature iconically Australian images - and the critters are all found in our beautiful country. Oh - and the other fabulous thing is the divine book design, as always with the NLA.

With thick card pages, this is not quite a board book, but rather a hardy lift-the-flap book that will last the distance with your child’s perennial page-flicking. A stunning book that kids will not be able to take their hands - or eyes - off.

Title: Incy Wincy Spider
Author: Susan Hall
Publisher: National Library of Australia, A$19.95RRP
Publication Date: 1 November 2010
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780642277169
For ages: 0 – 5
Type: Picture Book/Lift-the-Flap