Sunday 13 September 2020

Colin Cockroach Goes to Caloundra

Colin Cockroach Goes to Caloundra
by Chris McKimmie (Ford St Publishing) PB RRP $16.95 ISBN: 9781925804553

Reviewed by Dannielle Viera

When a roach bomb is set off in his house, Colin Cockroach is forced to run away and hide in a box full of goodies. Little does he know that he and the box are off to sunny Caloundra for an accidental holiday. Although he loves surfing and snacking, not to mention ‘hopping and bopping’ with Kylie the crab at the disco near the bins, Colin misses his family – so he jumps in a hot-air balloon and flies home. Mum and Dad have moved next door, so Colin joins them in their new digs under the sink.

Three-times CBCA short-listed illustrator Chris McKimmie’s inimitable style is immediately recognisable in both his succinct words and his dynamic, hand-drawn illustrations. In this book aimed at kids aged four and older, he tackles the serious concepts of diversity and acceptance in a subtle yet entertaining way, which is sure to grab kids’ attention and get them talking.

Utilising a wide range of materials, from ink and gouache to pastels and acrylic paint, Chris’s eye-catching images are full of funny details for young eyes to discover. The varying textures add dimension and movement to the pages, while the dazzling colour scheme screams ‘Look at me! I’m on holidays!’ 

Colin Cockroach Goes to Caloundra is a little left of centre when compared to other picture books on the market, but kids won’t mind at all. In fact, they will love Colin’s positive attitude and adventurous spirit so much that they will soon be bugging their parents about going on a trip to Caloundra.

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