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Sunday 24 March 2013

Review: I've an Uncle Ivan

I’ve an Uncle Ivan who’s drivin’ a pie van.

Ivan has a niece named Kate who wears one rollerskate. Kate has two brothers, and so it goes until we meet all of Ivan’s amazing family and we discover where they are all travelling to using everything from Ivan’s pie van to Grandpa Wayne’s biplane and even a horse owned by manly cousin Morse.

Filled with fun rhymes and some hints along the way so that readers can try to guess who this amazing family is and where they are heading, I’ve an Uncle Ivan is a great read-aloud picture book for children. The book also includes a picture of Ivan’s van that children can colour and fold to create their own 3D pie van.

I love the limited colour-palette used for the illustrations and the great rhymes in the text. Both the illustrations and the wonderful rhymes reminded me of Seuss books such as 10 Apples Up On Top!, all the more appealing for the simplicity.

Fun to read at home and great for infants school classrooms studying transport, I’ve an Uncle Ivan is the work of Australian illustrator Ben Saunders.

Title:  I've an Uncle Ivan
Author/Illustrator:  Ben Sanders
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date:  23 March 2013
Format:  Hardcover
ISBN:  9780500500361
For ages:  4 - 8 years
Type: Picture book