There’s a Magpie in My Soup by Sean Farrar, illustrated by Pat Kan (Big Sky Publishing) HB RRP $24.99 PB RRP $14.99
ISBN: HB 978-1-925275-67-4
Reviewed by Anita Howard
This is a book of nonsense and anticipation that children will enjoy, filled with Australian animals in unexpected places such as a snake in a cake and a cockatoo in a loo.
The format for the book is two full spread pages, with the initial page introducing the animal and object and the following page a reaction between animal and object. These pairs are separated by an individual full spread page of text and illustration.
There are delightful rhyming phrases that children will enjoy repeating and I can imagine action accompanying the text.
The illustrative style of wash and quick, expressive pen work delightfully adds to the mischievousness of the text.