Gecko’s Echo

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Lucy Rowland (text), Natasha Rimmington (illus.), Gecko’s Echo, Bloomsbury/Allen & Unwin, March 2017, 32pp., $14.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781408859490

Gecko is small but she is brave. She lives in a cave and guards her three eggs very carefully. When Snakey and Eagle try to eat her eggs, clever Gecko tricks them into believing a hundred geckos live in the cave. But sneaky Rat does not believe her ruse. Will her gecko echo save the day?

When I sat down to read this story with my five year old granddaughter, I discovered that the rhyming text rolled easily off my tongue, the story was well sequenced, the characters were quirky and the colourful illustrations supported and extended the story. I knew it was a keeper when my granddaughter asked, “Can we read it again?

Lucy Rowland is a debut author and has burst onto the scene, having several picture books published by Bloomsbury, Macmillan and Nosy Crow this year. I am very much looking forward to reading more books from this author.

Recommended for young readers and lovers of rhyme.

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Reviewed by Sharon Seymour

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