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Sunday 1 June 2014

Review: Let's Play

Oh, joy. It's Alborozo. And if you've already delighted in the works of this talented author/illustrator, you'll be nodding in appreciation right now.

Here is a fellow who writes and draws with such creative effulgence, little ones will stand up from their seats and move.

In his latest picture book, Let's Play, a clutch of little poppets are taught all about the orchestra, by a tuxedo-wearing, bespectacled gentlemen with a clear love of the magic of music.

We meet Sergio on the timpani, Jeffery on the cymbals, Marguerite on the xylophone and Gerard on the tuba ... and on we go through the entire orchestral ensemble, as great swathes of colourful sound sweep across the pages and incite not only the children to move and play, but similarly delight our tuxedo-wearing teacher. I particularly love the image of his moustache curling upwards as a piccolo sends out spiralling sound-tickles.

A gorgeous, colourful, emotive book that's a delight to read - in both image and text.

Title: Let's Play
Author/Illustrator: Gabriel Alborozo
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $22.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 June 2014
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781743316283
For ages: 2 - 8
Type: Picture Book