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Friday 8 August 2014

Review: Wait! No Paint!

Once upon a time there were three little pigs...

The familiar story of the three little pigs gets a hilarious makeover thanks to favourite Australian illustrator Bruce Whatley. This version has one extra character as the illustrator himself gets involved in the story, spilling juice on the drawing of the straw house, running out of red paint and generally preventing the story from running along the expected path.

There are lots of laugh-out-loud moments and surprising twists with this story, thanks to the illustrations and text. It is great to read aloud and even after years of hearing the story, my children still giggle at the line where the poor wolf is trying to talk after having the door slammed on his nose: “Yemt me yin, yemt me yin... Or I’ll yuff and I’ll nuff and...”

Wait! No Paint! is one of our family favourites. It was often requested when the kids were younger and still ranks as one of my daughter’s favourite picture books ever. It’s sure to be enjoyed by all children, but will hold special appeal to young artists as the illustrator experiments with paints to make up for his low supplies of the all-important ‘red’.

Title: Wait! No Paint!
Author/Illustrator:  Bruce Whatley
Publisher: HarperCollins, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date:  1 July 2007
Format: Soft Cover
ISBN: 9780064435468
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book