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Sunday 16 December 2018

Review: Yikes! 25th Anniversary Edition

Award-winning author and illustrator, and one of Australia's inaugural Children's Laureates, Alison Lester is loved by many for her large catalogue of books.

The Yikes! Special 25th Anniversary Edition is one of them.

Yikes! offers readers 'seven wild adventures' and asks them who they would like to be in those adventures.

The settings include a raging storm at sea, the wild west, a circus big top, the frozen northern hemisphere, a steamy hot jungle, a castle in Transylvania and out in space in the Milky Way.

Each setting presents a cast of colourful characters; from Salty Scott the sea captain and Space Patroller 99, to Georgia Swift the mountie and Flying Fabuloso the acrobat. They're depicted in Alison Lester's recognisable and colourful style.

For each setting the relevant characters are, after their introduction, pulled together in an all-encompassing illustration over a double page, and accompanied by a fast-paced description that finishes on a cliffhanger. 

At the end of the book we get to find out what happens, as the stories are wrapped up -- with eight lines for each. Once you've read them, perhaps you could have a go at making up your own endings as well?

There's a mix of real and imaginary in Yikes! The stories have something for everyone, and encourage imaginative storytelling.

Grab a copy of Yikes! Special 25th Anniversary Edition for your home library and it sure to be read over and over.

Title: Yikes! 25th Anniversary Edition
Author/Illustrator: Alison Lester
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $ 24.99
Publication Date: October 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760528614
For ages: 2+
Type: Picture book