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Sunday 3 November 2019

Review: Pea and Nut!

Meet Pea and Nut.

Pea is a panda. She's pretty chilled and likes to take her time.

Nut is a flamingo. He's active (hyperactive, really), asks lots of questions, and does things his own way.

They are the creations of author and illustrator, Matt Stanton, and they really jump off the page.

When Nut boasts he can make the best cakes, Pea tricks and teases him into baking and decorating a super dooper spectacular-looking cake.

Although Nut's cake looks amazing, he is in so much of a rush he doesn't realise all is not quite right. The result is a spectacular mess, but Pea has a treat for her friend.

Pea and Nut! is written in rhyme and will induce laughter. The story moves along at a quick pace. The characters have real personality and are each endearing in their own way.

The illustrations are big and bright. The black and white of panda and pink of flamingo are bold, and the main colours throughout, joined by occasional splashes of other colours (like blue icing on the cake).

If Pea and Nut don't remind you of someone you know, I'd be surprised. I felt like I knew them quite well indeed, and hope to see more of their adventures in the future.

Pea and Nut! will remind you that everyone is different and has their own approach to things, but also that being patient and taking your time can have its rewards.

Title: Pea and Nut!
Author/Illustrator: Matt Stanton
Publisher: ABC Books, $17.99
Publication Date: October 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780733340673
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture book