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Friday 18 November 2011

Review: Parrot Carrot

It's so lovely to find a book for the very young that ticks all the boxes ... gorgeous to look at, clever, charming, funny, educational. Of interest to adults, too (but call me selfish).

I'm big on books of great design, and Parrot Carrot has it in spades ... and mooses and gooses and snakes and rakes.

A rhyming picture book - with perfect rhythm - hurrah! - of the simplest form, we meet a series of objects that combine to create something new - something funny.

Little kids love funny.

A parrot that looks like a carrot. A snake that looks like a rake. A moose that looks like a goose. Sure, the object-blending topic is not new (most book ideas are not new) - but when they're done with such consummate and breezy ease and charm, it's truly like you're seeing the concept with the freshest ever eyes. Perhaps even baby or toddler eyes.

Utterly adorable illustrations, using clap-your-hands colour and humour, Parrot Carrot is a gorgeous, smile-worthy book. A must-have for little ones, it would make the perfect new-baby book, particularly for babies who love a bit of style with their literature.

Title: Parrot Carrot
Author: Jol and Kate Temple
Illustrator: Jon Foye
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $12.99 RRP
Publication Date: November 2011
Format: Hard cover, padded cover
ISBN: 9781742376868
For ages: 0 - 4
Type: Picture Book