Saturday 11 June 2022

A Good Place

A Good Place by Lucy Cousins (Walker Books) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781529501254

Reviewed by Nikki M Heath

Have you ever considered how hard it would be to find a good place to live - if you were a bug? Four insect friends search for a good place to live, but in a modern world filled with people, traffic, and pollution, it proves almost impossible. Until, that is, they find a beautiful garden full of flowers with a caretaker who appreciates them. 

This is everything you would expect of a Lucy Cousins picture book: bold, colourful illustrations, simple text and childlike styling. The book engages all the senses and uses repetition effectively to drive home the simple but important themes of home and environment. The reader connects emotionally with the characters as well as having the chance to notice the broader message. Even the endpapers reinforce the journey from urban to garden.

Addictive and engaging, this will be on heavy rotation for toddlers and preschoolers as well as their carers and teachers.

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