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Saturday 18 August 2018

Review: Lovable Lottie and the Lost Toy

First in a series, Lovable Lottie and the Lost Toy is a gorgeous publication filled with photographed images instead of illustrations. 

They are stunning, full-page close-ups with the fluffy and cutest white dog, Lovable Lottie, as the main character (but I think the baby is equally cute).

Lovable Lottie is given a toy as a welcome gift when she arrives at her new home. She takes it everywhere with her.   

Wonderful images of various stuffed toys in a pull-cart with Lovable Lottie’s toy held in her mouth, sets the playful atmosphere.

At her welcome party on the first day of the week, Lovable Lottie loses her toy. We are asked to help her find it. This gives children an opportunity to enter the story and interact by helping to search for the lost toy within the detailed and vibrant coloured image.

A drive to the country on the second day leaves Lovable Lottie again with a lost toy for the reader to find. This time there are russet, brown, and golden autumn leaves spread across the ground. Where can the toy have fallen?

Each day throughout the week, a new excursion takes place and Lovable Lottie’s toy is lost and must be found. We visit an orchard with lots of apples. A beautiful country-style bedroom is displayed, decorated with incredible handmade crafts that add to the beauty and warmth that flows through the book.

An outdoor scene filled with country animals, includes alpacas, chickens, and dogs. A coloured crocheted rug lies against a cane basket. Rainbow coloured circles which seem to bounce off the lens of the photographer’s camera, appear like scattered transparent balls across the page.

There is the orchard shop filled with fresh produce and more apples and apple products. Then there’s the picnic by a campfire, and the ride in a hot air balloon for a bird’s eye view search for the lost toy.

Will Lovable Lottie be reunited with her beloved toy? Can the children find it for her?

This is an exquisite publication that the very young, and adults, will simply adore. Lovable Lottie will win hearts. But a great contributor to the excellence of the book is the brilliance of the photography which exposes nature in all her finery with colours  ablaze upon the page.

Title: Lovable Lottie and the Lost Toy
Author/Illustrator: Asia Upward
Publisher: New Holland Publishers, $19.99
Publication Date: April 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781921024632
For ages: 2+
Type: Picture Book