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Friday 17 April 2015

Review: Too Much for Turtle

A follow-on from the delightful Owl Know How, this visually-scrumptious story introduces us to Turtle, a sweetly shy character who lives in a charming  house at the top of a tree.

Turtle is self-sufficient. She grows all her own food and doesn't seem to mingle much.

When a storm descends on the village, a loris appears on her doorstep asking for help--her home has been washed away. A pelican soon follows, along with two alpacas, three echidnas, four sloths and five rabbits.

When an elephant arrives, having also lost his home, things become a little too much for timid little Turtle. The animals, all packed tightly into a small space, inadvertently ruin her tree house, so she retreats inside her shell.

When the animals notice, they feel ashamed and set to helping repair Turtle's gorgeous little home. Turtle is touched, but what about her new friends? Where will they live? She comes up with a wonderful idea.

This is just the sweetest story--combining community and friendship with innovation and great ideas. The hand-crafted scenes, using a variety of materials from paper and wood to felt and wire, are just eye-candy extraordinaire, giving the book that superbly retro feel we loved as children of the 60s and 70s.

A must for picture book collectors and anyone who loves wondrous visuals and whimsical tales.

Title: Too Much for Turtle
Author/Illustrators: Cat Rabbit, Isobel Knowles
Publisher: Thames & Hudson, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 April 2015
Format: Hardcover, clothbound
ISBN: 9780500500491
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Type: Picture Book