Monday 10 September 2012

Where are Snugglepot and Cuddlepie?

Where are Snugglepot and Cuddlepie? Where are Snugglepot and Cuddlepie? by May Gibbs (Scholastic Australia)
PB RRP $9.99
ISBN 978-1-74283-166-4
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie play hide and seek in this delightful lift-the-flap version of May Gibbs’ endearing gumnut baby adventures. Young readers can follow little gumnut baby Ragged Blossom though the Australian bush, lifting the flaps to uncover who is hidden behind rocks and in bushes. A platypus is hiding among the ferns on one page, while a flannel flower baby hides among some ‘pretty white flowers’. Will Snugglepot and Cuddlepie be hiding inside a nest, by the pond or under some leaves? Young children will have fun finding out.

Who can resist smiling at the chubby gumnut babies, their cheeky sense of adventure and the many friends who lie hidden in the pages?

The simple text, with its clear questions and answers, turns the reading experience into an interactive game of peek-a-boo which all babies love and respond to.

  “Is there someone in the butterfly field?”

Lift the flap:

“It’s Ladybird.”

May Gibbs’ artwork is beautiful and timeless. It evokes memories of childhood and will introduce new generations to the gumnut babies and their world.

The copyright for all of May Gibbs bush characters were bequeathed to charities. Royalties go to Cerebral Palsy Alliance and The Northcott Society.

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