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Monday, 8 February 2016

Review: The Big Orange Splot

I am beyond excited to review this book for KBR. The Big Orange Splot, written and illustrated by Daniel Manus Pinkwater, left an indelible mark on me as a child. The illustrations are so fun and the plot has an important takeaway.

Mr. Plumbean lives on a street where all the houses look the same. Everybody liked it that way. "This is a neat street," they would say.  Until one day, a seagull dropped a big orange splot of paint on the roof of Mr. Plumbean's house.

This story is fun, but it is important too. It teaches the littlees that it's OK to break away from conformity and embrace your individuality.

Note that I had to source this online as I can't find it anywhere in the shops here in Australia. Someone needs to address this ASAP! Mr. Plumbean for all, I say!

Title: The Big Orange Splot
Author/Illustrator: Daniel Manus Pinkwater
Publisher: Scholastic, $24.12 (from online bookstore)
Publication Date: 1977
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0590445103
For ages: 4 – 7
Type: Picture Book

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