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Tuesday 15 July 2014

Review: Too Hot for Spots (A Barry and Stella Story)

When Barry wakes up, he doesn’t feel well at all.

“I’m really hot… (cough, cough) … my head hurts and I just feel yucky,’ says Barry

It’s just as well Stella is on hand with everything she needs to help Barry feel better – a white business shirt, a very important tie, spectacles, working shoes, a doctor’s bag and a small toy mouse who is willing to help as a nurse.

Stella does such a good job of caring for Barry, that he recovers completely and Stella can now have her turn at being the patient – with chicken pox!

Stella attends Barry with all the exuberant care that is typical of children role playing – he is tested, poked, prodded, bandaged, propped up in bed with pillows and fussed over, all of which help him to quickly recover from his 'bad case of the weasles'.

A wonderful celebration of imaginative play, Too Hot for Spots is another Barry & Stella adventure from talented author/illustrator Mini Goss, author of Too Cold for a Tutu (KBR review). The characters of Barry and Stella are based on Mini’s own dog Barry and his real-life aunt Stella, recreated by Mini as knitted toys.

Sure to inspire young children to go hunting through their toy box for items they can use for make-believe games and dress ups, Too Hot for Spots is a wonderful picture book to share with toddlers and preschoolers.

Title: Too Hot for Spots (A Barry and Stella Story)
Author/Illustrator: Mini Goss
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: 28 May 2014
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781743435410
For ages: 2 - 7
Type: Picture Book