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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Review: Ella May Does It HER Way!

From the first pages it is clear that Ella May is a girl who loves to do things differently. In a world of legs all heading in the same direction, Ella May is walking backwards and even climbing a tree upside down!

Mick Jackson has created a feisty character, with heart and determination, who notices the tiniest details in the world around her. Andrea Stegmaier's illustrations show Ella May and her mum living in a houseboat, moored beside a town full of unique and interesting characters. Each page contains visual details that readers will love and Ella May would approve of. 

The story begins when Ella May discovers how much she loves trying new things.  Ella May takes that idea to a whole new level and starts doing everything backwards. Ella May's determination to see things through leads to inventions and some tricky situations.

When Mum realises Ella May is not going to stop walking backwards, Mum turns around too, just to see how it feels, and before long everyone is having a go. Then, just as suddenly, Ella May turns around. While walking forwards, Ella May sees a poster on a wall of someone doing something she has never tried before. Ella May does like to try new things.

Title: Ella May Does It HER Way!
Author: Mick Jackson
Illustrator: Andrea Stegmaier
Publisher: words & pictures, $21.99
Publication Date: 18 June 2019
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781786039040
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book