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Tuesday 19 June 2012

Review: FABric Animals series

Elephant loves rainbows. He tries and tries to catch one but can never quite manage. So, he decides to ask his other FABric pals to help.

He takes some red fabric from spotted rabbit, some orange fabric from florally pig and some yellow fabric from hipster hippo. It's then green from puppy, blue from beaver and purple from unicorn. What is he left with? A rainbow, of course!

One of four books in the FABric Animals series, Colours: Elephant Makes a Rainbow features adorable characters from UK retail phenomenon Bang on the Door. Each character has been crafted from a truly funky range of fabrics, bringing texture and visual whimsy to the books. The illustrations are comprised of both photographs and graphics, and large text features colours and font and size changes, for a dynamic look.

Padded covers and thick card pages make for hardy books, and it's nice to see a board book of this kind with a narrative rather than simply instructional wordage.

Despite their highly commercial nature, these are beautifully produced books and appear more artsy than mainstream. Thank goodness. There is also an ABC book in this series, and a Baby Record Book.

Title: Colours, Shapes and Numbers
Publisher: Ice Water Press, $12.95 RRP
Publication Date: 2010
Format: Hard cover, padded
ISBN: 9781921639890/9781921786761/9781921639906
For ages: 2 - 6
Type: Board Book, Picture Book