Friday 16 September 2022

The Girl Who Noticed Everything

The Girl Who Noticed Everything by Jane Porter, illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring (Walker Books) HB RRP $27.99 ISBN 9781406398144

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

There are so many things to notice every day and young Stella is intrigued by it all. On a trip to the park with Dad, she spots shivering birds in branches, patterns in leaves and everything else in between. When Stella remarks on people’s unusual appearances Dad tells her that she might offend, and he suggests that she stops noticing things. Stella becomes disheartened when she can’t share her curiosity. With her inquisitive nature stifled, she tries to keep her thoughts to herself… until she notices something that may help someone, and she knows she mustn’t keep it to herself.

The Girl Who Noticed Everything is a beautifully descriptive picture book that would appeal to children aged 4–6 years old. The illustrations, created using mixed materials, support the text and offer many detailed double-page spreads to keep the young audience engaged. This book is written and illustrated by the award-winning UK duo that created The Boy Who Loved Everyone.

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