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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Review: Play

The devil is in the details, and in this deceptively detailed book, the words may be few but the illustration provides plenty to look ponder.

This is Alborough's second book starring Bobo the chimp. The story follows Bobo as he seeks to find a pal and some adventure past his bedtime.

Unfortunately, he loses his way back home in the process.
In the industry, we call this quiet and minimally worded type of manuscript 'spare of text'.

However, the illustrations are so rich and rewarding that my 18 month old and almost-four-year-old both found plenty of joy in the illustrations. That's a particularly difficult feat to pull off, considering the differing levels of reading comprehension and development between the two.

There's something about this book that is unusual in a fulfilling sort of way. Not to mention, it's relaxing! Which is why it's perfect for a quiet story or bedtime book. I only wish I'd gotten my hands on Alborough's first book in the series, Hug.

Title: Play
Author/Illustrator: Jez Alborough
Publisher: Walker Books , $24.99
Publication Date: 01 July 2017
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781406373073
For ages: 1 - 4
Type: Hardback


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