Friday, 13 August 2010

Can I Cuddle The Moon?

Can I Cuddle The Moon? by Kerry Brown, illustrated by Lisa Stewart (Scholastic Australia)
HB RRP $24.99
ISBN 9781741695540
Reviewed by Dawn Meredith

I have to say straight up that the most striking thing about this book was the absolutely gorgeous little main character, a fluffy, blue-grey chick. With it’s puffed up, fluffed up baby feathers and pot belly, it really did suck me in from the first page.

The text is written in rhyme and I think suits the story well. The premise seems to be to explore various tactile sensations in the world, such as a fiery dragon, a fragile butterfly, bath bubbles, a crocodile, a wet puddle etc. I find this rather different from most picture books I have read. It’s inventive and slightly quirky.

My favourite illustrations would have to be the final two – where we discover the baby bird is actually an owl. In its search for something to cuddle, the baby finally finds the warmth under its mother’s wing to be the best of all. The unusual way Stewart has depicted the mother owl’s feathers, in autumnal colours and embedded with flowers, I find enchanting.

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