Friday 6 December 2013

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Kate Hindley (Koala Books)
PB RRP $14.99
ISBN 978-1-74276-077-3
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

I’m sure many young children would not know how to wash a mammoth if they had to. And now here is an informative, entertaining and easy to follow guide, in step-by-step format: ‘Woolly Mammoths are quite big and wool is notoriously tricky to clean.’

Right from the front cover and initial endpapers – with bottles of Elbow Grease, Meadow Fresh, Tusk Whitener and Aquaphobic Dry Shampoo – this book promises fun and it does not disappoint. Young children will be instantly attracted to the two main characters, the girl and her woolly mammoth. They will also recognise the bath time rituals, along with the tricks which are employed in washing, (or avoiding being washed in the case of the mammoth).

This is funny, satisfying, uncomplicated and very enjoyable. I loved the whole reading experience, the steps (1 – 10) with accompanying figures, the illustrations and especially the voice of the girl which comes through so strongly. Don’t miss this book. You’ll regret it. (Who knows when you’ll be required to wash a mammoth.)

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