Sunday 25 July 2021

Where Are You Magoo?

Where Are You Magoo? By Briony Stewart (Puffin) PB RRP $19.99 ISBN 9781760896911

Reviewed by Dianne Bates

The pages in this short, fun picture book are ultra-thick with rounded corners, exactly right for pre-schoolers -- as is the text.

Told in rhyme, this story is about the cheeky pup, Magoo, whose owner keeps searching for him. There is a recurring refrain, ‘Where are you Magoo?’ which the young reader will want to ‘read’, too. Magoo is constantly hiding and shows himself to be fun, loveable, and mischievous.

The illustrations are large and brightly coloured. On one double-paged spread is a single word ‘Boo!’, another place where the young reader will be engaged, no doubt calling out ‘Boo!’ as well. Thus, there is an interactive seek-and-find element with children love seeing where Magoo has gone to and what he’s up to.

This is a companion book to the acclaimed We Love You, Magoo, by Briony  Stewart who is an internationally published author and illustrator of several award-winning books for children.

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