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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Review: The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth

You've gotta love a picture book so completely jam-packed with fun and facts, and colour and intrigue.

It's midnight and there's a baby mammoth on the loose. Oscar has to track him down before the clock strikes one.

So begins a riotous and mysterious romp as Oscar and his new friend Timothy the mammoth chase the baby mammoth into a magical museum where all the creatures have come to life.

The baby mammoth leads the pair through the library, the aviation gallery, the dinosaur display and the extinct and endangered species section.

Along the way, Oscar (and the reader) are treated to a wealth of intriguing facts, including Vincent Van Gogh's self-portrait technique, one of the fastest lifts in the world, and the last sighting of the extinct Golden Toad.

Each fact is hidden behind behind an ingenious flap and there are plenty of quirky comments on every page from the creatures and characters in the museum.

From the stunning cover with its gilt-edged title to the exquisite detailing on the walls of the museum, the illustrations leave no morsel of paper untouched.

More is definitely more in this glorious picture book that will feed curious young minds. And, the good news is, they'll need hours to pore over every fascinating detail.

Title: The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth
Author: Ellie Hattie
Illustrator: Karl James Mountford
Publisher: Little Tiger Press, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 April 2017
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781848694484
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book