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Sunday 18 July 2021

Review: A Flair for Fun

A Flair for Fun
is a new book from the team who created A Flair for Hair, Bilyana Di Costanzo and Mauro Di Costanzo.

Like A Flair for Hair (read our review), it takes animals and puts them in situations where you would usually expect to see humans.

The cover is a great example of this, showcasing a gorilla enjoying go karting.

In A Flair for Fun the anthropomorphic animals are all fit and active, taking part in a wide variety of sporting activities. 

The animals are full of expression and personality. However, they are never named, so readers can set out to see how many they can recognise.

Some are easy: a rodent who is proficient at karate, a surfing lion, a tennis-playing pig, and sheep playing rugby.

Those which might be less obvious include: an Afghan dog who is indoor rock climbing, a water-skiing hippo, and a cricketing rabbit (whose ears are a little hidden).

Rather than being a narrative story, this is a succession of colourful, bright, and bold illustrations accompanied by sentences that feature rhyme.

For a horse, the sentence is, 'I don't like wearing shoes at all, so I play beach volleyball.

In each of the sentences, the rhyming words are highlighted by use of a different colour.

A Flair for Fun is a fun book for young children, which encourages them to explore rhyming words, and will introduce them to many different sports.

Title: A Flair for Fun
Author: Bilyana Di Costanzo
Illustrator: Mauro Di Costanzo
Publisher: New Holland Publishers, $ 24.99
Publication Date: June 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760792862
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book