by Raymond McGrath
Two penguins (the Big and Little Blues of the series title), a few other beachy creatures, and not a human in sight – all add to the charm of this small volume.
It’s not the usual format of picture books for little ones. Not a chapter book for the next group but the format’s closer to that. Neither is it a graphic novel, though the many pics with dialogue and text make it most like those.
The 90 pages contain three stories, all on the theme of friendship. Without overt moralising each ends with advice on how to respect and sustain social relationships.
Young self-readers should have some fun getting their eyes and tongue around the playful use of words. Throughout, the language is colloquial and contemporary – the characters speak as the readers do.
The author, Raymond McGrath’s, background as animation director, illustrator, designer and writer working in children’s television and advertising, is reflected in the text and the illustrations which are apt, colourful and humorous. Some could well be framed and hung on a nursery wall.
Author: Raymond McGrath
Publisher: Scholastic NZ