Roger Priddy, Happy Dog and Other Furry Friends (Alphaprints), Pan Macmillan, 27 Dec 2017, 14pp., $12.99 (hbk – board book), ISBN: 9781783415694
Roger Priddy, Quirky Bird and Other Feathered Friends (Alphaprints), Pan Macmillan, 27 Dec 2017, 14pp., $12.99 (hbk – board book), ISBN: 9781783415779
These touch and feel books invitingly engage the reader with the creative use of the materials incorporated into the illustrations. A shell, banana or trumpet for a beak; leaves for wings, and flowers for eyes. Or even a body made from a loaf of bread or a potato, pompoms and noodles for fur, and delicious donuts for eyes. These hidden aspects provide a fun search and find element.
The last 2 pages of each of these books features all of the animals from the story; with their names and supporting description. Emu is ‘loud and curious’ while Pelican is ‘noisy and greedy’. Pug is ‘bold and funny’ while Bulldog is ‘gentle and protective’.
A fun, colourful and inviting board book; which hasn’t lost its appeal in our house yet. It’s been used as a story, search and find, guessing game and more – the opportunities are endless!
Reviewed by Raquel Mayman