Wednesday 16 October 2019

Summer Time

Summer Time by Hilary Bell, illustrated by Antonia Pesenti (NewSouth Publishing) RRP HB $24.99
ISBN 9781742236070

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

If you loved the highly acclaimed picture books, Alphabetical Sydney and Numerical Street, then you’re in luck! The talented duo who created these books have recently been collaborating on a third book. They have once again used rhyming verse and image, but this time to explore everything that the Australian summer brings.

Summer Time is the kind of book that young children and reminiscing adults can easily relate to. Every page will have the reader nodding, smiling or giggling... or all three, as they see their own summer time experiences depicted in the narrative and clever collage illustrations. 

The bright yellow patterned endpapers highlighting a pair of clocks are a great prelude to the ‘time’ theme that also runs throughout book. One ‘time’ related word on each page appears in large bold text, adding another dimension to the story.

Summer Time is a wonderful tribute to the uniquely Australian summer and is highly recommended for children aged 4+ years.

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