Monday 23 July 2012

Sheep on a Beach

Sheep on a Beach Sheep on a Beach by P. Crumble, illustrated by Danielle McDonald (Scholastic Australia)
PB RRP  $13.99
ISBN  978 174283 321 7
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Sheep goes to the beach. It is a new experience for him but luckily he has Crab to guide him through the day.

The text is lovely to read aloud. Each page is a repetition of the previous one, with one new line added each time. This builds a nice rhythm and anticipation as the story progresses. I can imagine young children memorising their favourite lines and chanting them as the pages are turned.

This is such a fun book for preschoolers. The simple text is wonderfully expressive: “Boardies on – Sweet!” as Sheep tries on a pair in front of a mirror provided by Crab who holds two more potential pairs.

The bold, bright illustrations are gorgeous. Sheep and Crab have wonderfully strong personalities which grow as the story progresses in the same way that the text is built on line by line. All the while, Crab, in quieter moment, builds his sandcastle in the background.

I can see this fast becoming a bedtime favourite.

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