Monday 19 December 2022

How to Be a Wonder Hunter

How to Be a Wonder Hunter, written and illustrated by Josh Langley (Big Sky Publishing) PB RRP $14.99 ISBN 9781922 765406

Sub-titled Find the extraordinary in the ordinary, this book asks children to unlock mysteries, discover new worlds and go on incredible adventures. A wonder-full book, it shows children that everybody, irrespective of size, colour, or ability, already has everything they need to discover amazing and awesome things all around them. It starts with the words, ‘Life doesn’t have to just be about schoolwork, watching TV, and picking up dog poo,’ and then proceeds to tell the reader that life can be cooler if he or she becomes a wonder hunter. The wonder hunter of the book becomes an octopus, a hatted mosquito, and a variety of other animals.

It invites readers to use their senses, imagination, curious mind, and dreams to explore the world. It says, ‘When you start to notice what’s around you… it’s like finding treasure!’ It continues to invite the reader to ‘try watching a ladybird through a magnifying glass,’ watching ants to see where they’re going, and to really explore their senses.

This book with is simple, coloured illustrations is one of a series of books by Langley which ask children to find good when things seem bad, telling them it’s okay to feel the way you do, and to be wildly kind (finding the magical power inside).

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