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Monday, 14 January 2013

Review: If I Could Paint the World

Remember those fabulous paint-with-water colouring books you had as a child? You would dip your brush, swipe it over the page, and a world of colour would emerge across a monochromatic landscape.

This is what the talented Sarah Massini has done in If I Could Paint the World.

What colour would you paint the world if you were the one to wield the paintbrush of nature? Would the grass be green? The sun yellow? The sky blue?

Why not pink? Why not EVERYTHING pink?

What about orange milk? Black toothpaste? A rainbow upset of colour for a favourite fairytale? Or would you keep it the very same?

This is a beautiful concept of a book which teaches kids the semantics of colour, and how its alteration can seriously affect mood and comprehension. Not only is the book good fun - and will enormously appeal to kids' adoration for challenging the norm - I simply adore Massini's folksy, iconic illustrations, full of warmth candour.

A winner with all kids - big and small.

Title: If I Could Paint the World
Author/Illustrator: Sarah Massini
Publisher: Gullane, $ 27.95RRP
Publication Date: 1 November 2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781862338043
For ages:  3 - 6
Type: Picture Book

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