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Wednesday 6 November 2019

Review: Foothand Elbownose

Foothand Elbownose is a hilarious and quirky picture book that pushes imagination totally outside the square!

When Max’s foot gets sick of being a foot, Max lets him be a hand.

Things work okay for a while, but then Max's elbow wants to be a nose, his head wants to be a bottom and more and more body parts decide they’d like a different job.

Max tries to be diplomatic and let his body parts try something new, but soon he gets all muddled up.

What do you do when your mouth is your ear but it can’t really hear? Or your fingernail decides it wants to be an eyelash?

Foothand Elbownose is a creative window into the human body, exploring all the things our bodies do for us. It’s also about identity and acceptance of self. It’s about learning that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, but it’s fun to give it a try. 

I imagine this was a challenging story to illustrate, but Connah Brecon has nailed it, infusing humour and whimsy into every page. With bright colours and hilarious details, it’s a lot of fun to explore.

This is a picture book to trigger laughs and giggles. It’s a great one for reading to a crowd, and in the words of my six-year-old when I closed the cover, “I really like this book. I want to read it again!”

For more great reads from Kiah Thomas and Connah Brecon, check out Allergic Alpaca.

Title: Foothand Elbownose
Author: Kiah Thomas
Illustrator: Connah Brecon
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, $19.99
Publication Date: 1 November 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760502027
For ages: 3 -6 
Type: Picture Book