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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Review: A Little Paper Caper

A Little Paper Caper is a brilliant adaption of Oliver Jeffers's popular story The Great Paper Caper. Unlike other picture books that are reprinted as board books, A Little Paper Caper has been modified for a younger audience's language and comprehension ability.

The animals in the forest notice that things are not as they should be, branches are missing. At first they blame each other but then realise the thief must be someone else. They search for clues to find the thief. Will the thief confess and explain why he stole wood from the forest?

This crime mystery adaption maintains the essence of the original story. This retelling relies heavily on the illustrations, the visual literacy, to assist in the storytelling. 

When compared to The Great Paper Caper the new text in The Little Paper Caper has shorter sentences that contain words that are more age appropriate. There are also adjustments to the illustrations, including the re-sequencing of some illustration's location within the book. These changes make this board book's easier to read with pictures that will help young children understand the story line.

While it may now be a 'little' paper caper in size compared to the 'great' paper caper, it is still a great story to share and when your little ones are older they will love the complex more grownup language of the original book.

Other Oliver Jeffers stories that are on my must read stories list include The Hueys in The New Jumper and The Day the Crayons Quit.

Title: A Little Paper Caper
Author/Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: HarperCollins, $14.99
Publication Date: 2 March 2018
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9780008276928
For ages: 2+
Type: Board Books


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