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Thursday 22 November 2012

Review: Richard Scarry's Great Big Story Book

I've probably already ranted on and on like a maniac about how Richard Scarry pounced upon my childhood brain and shaped it with his superlative talent. Along with Dr Seuss and Enid Blyton, he almost single-handedly caused my lifelong obsession with picture books.

In this 2011 release from The Five Mile Press, Scarry's stunning mass of colourful critters come to life in a movie-scape of large-format, glossy board pages - coated with imagery and text, as is the classic Scarry way.

There are fire engines and police cars and pigs in racing cars. There are mice on skateboards and bugs in helicopters and Huckle the Cat playing football with Lowly Worm. All our classic friends are here in vignette stories (each over one double-page spread) that will charm tots and adults alike.

Starting with Helpful Huckle and moving through a mega disaster for Sergeant Murphy (what an eye-boggle of a page!) through the Worst Christmas Ever, kids will love trailing the large-format pages with their eyes and hands. If this book can have ME wide-eyed, you can imagine what it does for children.

I love the familiarity of Scarry's work, its warmth and classic storytelling. With enough text to enchant independent readers and a scarcity that will draw in early readers, this is a win-win book for many ages. 

Title: Richard Scarry's Great Big Story Book
Author/Illustrator: Richard Scarry
Publisher: The Five Mile Press, $14.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 August 2011
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781742487182
For ages: 2+
Type: Board Book, Picture Book