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Wednesday 3 February 2016

Review: Baxter's Book

Baxter absolutely loves books! He loves all kinds of books — ones about scary wolves, brave lions, cuddly bears, cute rabbits. In fact, the only thing Baxter could love more than reading a book would be to BE in a book.

Which is why he's so excited when he sees the sign for storybook auditions!

Baxter quickly joins the pigs, crocodiles, bears, lions, rabbits, owls and wolves all queuing up to audition. He's first on stage! He can sing, dance, act. He's great at gymnastics. But he's blue and rather unusual looking, and while he thinks he's perfect for a book, the judges don't seem to agree.

Is this the end of Baxter's dream?

While on the one level this is a delightfully adorable story about a little blue creature following his heart, on another level it's a gentle exploration of the self-doubt that so many of us (big or small) can experience at times: What if I'm not good enough? If I'm not like the others am I still okay? Should I try to fit in more?

I won't spoil the ending for you, but I know you'll be cheering for Baxter just as much as I was!

Title: Baxter's Book
Author/Illustrator: Hrefna Bragadottir
Publisher: Nosy Crow, $27.99 RRP
Publication Date: February 2016
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780857635211
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book