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Monday 17 February 2020

Review: Izzy and Frank

Izzy and Frank is one of those enchanting picture books, bursting with nostalgia and the freedom of childhood.

Izzy and her best buddy, Frank the seagull, do everything together on their island home, from drawing pictures in the sand to fighting off pirates.

But, one day, everything changes and Izzy leaves her dreamy haven for a life in the city.

Katrina Lehman's delightful, fluid prose highlights the stark contrast between the carefree joy of Izzy's old home and the rigid structure of her new life. But a visit from her old friend, Frank, helps Izzy see the city through fresh eyes and helps her understand there is adventure and fun to be had when you have a rich imagination, a sense of curiosity and good friends, old and new.

Katrina Lehman and Sophie Beer created a heartfelt, memorable book in their first collaboration, Wren, and Izzy and Frank is equally divine.

Sophie's careful choice of colour palette gives the illustrations an irresistible retro feel and each page is vibrant with detail and warmth. They are the perfect complement to Katrina's beautiful use of imagery, alliteration and rhythm.

A story about memories, change and finding wonder in new adventures, Izzy and Frank is a book to be cherished.

Title: Izzy and Frank
Author: Katrina Lehman
Illustrator: Sophie Beer
Publisher: Scribble Books, $24.99
Publication Date: February 2020
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781925849509
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book