Sunday, 28 July 2013

Possum Magic Animals

Possum Magic Animals by Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas (Omnibus Books)
HB RRP $9.99 [board book]
ISBN 978-1-86291-973-0
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Possum Magic Animals is a new book which introduces very young readers to the characters from Mem Fox’s classic story Possum Magic. Beginning with Grandma Poss – who looks at her reflection in the water while brushing her teeth – and the word possum, each page in this wonderfully simple board book has the name of an animal and Vivas’ beautiful illustration of that character. It moves through all the animals who inhabit Hush’s and Grandma Poss’ world – snake, kangaroo, wombat – ending with friends and goodnight.
As in the original story, the illustrations are soft with a touch of gentle humour. Some of them contain subtle hints about the Possum Magic storyline.

Classically Australian, this is a beautiful book for every baby to begin their ‘reading’ life with. A sturdy board book with a cloth spine, it would make the perfect gift for any new baby, toddler, or expectant mother in your life.

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