Tuesday 12 April 2022

Mila & Ivy

Mila & Ivy by Katrina McKelvey, illustrated by Jasmine Berry (Wombat Books) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781761110801

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Mila and her little sister Ivy love playing with boxes and making elaborate cardboard creations. They make a great team until Ivy starts ripping the boxes into tiny pieces, insisting that she’s helping. Ivy says that she has a great idea, but Mila is too mad to listen, and storms off to work on her own. However, when Mila’s project doesn’t turn out as she’d hoped she seeks help from Ivy, and they finally make good use of the cardboard confetti.

Mila and Ivy is a picture book that comprises themes such as design, engineering, problem-solving, resilience and teamwork. The illustrations complement the text beautifully and include a bonus an ‘eye spy’ element with the family pets. The endpapers, full of sketches and construction ideas, suit the narrative perfectly. Mila & Ivy is suitable for an audience 4 years and older and is sure to inspire young minds to start designing and engineering cardboard creations of their own.

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