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Saturday 22 April 2017

Review: The Red Book

Okay, I admit it, I was skeptical at first. The Red Book is a book filled with red animals and objects -- or so the narrator tries to convince you.

In reality, the majority of animals and objects aren't red at all. Not even the purple, white and yellow cover with 'The Red Book' written in bold. But therein lies the fun of this story.

It's the latest in Beck and Matt Stanton's Books That Drive Kids CRAZY series. After trialing this on my three-year-old, I can confirm, they certainly do drive kids crazy -- in a fun and educational way.

This book is all about engaging children through humour and parent-child interaction, and what could be better than that?

I asked my husband to try this out while I sat back to watch. My son's response was exactly what I imagine the authors aim for. "No, Daddy! IT IS NOT REDDD!!!" (rinse, lather, repeat...).

I even love the back of the book, which begins with the hard-to-ignore letter: 'For the Grown-Ups: Okay, Bigwig...' I mean come on, that's just too enticing. As for the illustrations, they're bold, clear and fun.

After trying this at home, I am no longer a skeptic but a convert. I'm looking forward to the next book in this crazy series. Happy reading!

Title: The Red Book
Author: Beck and Matt Stanton
Illustrator: Beck and Matt Santon
Publisher: ABC Books, $19.99
Publication Date: 01 April, 2017
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780733334856
For ages: 4-9
Type: Picture book