Nicola Connelly (text), Annie White (illus.), Is It The Way You Giggle?, New Frontier, 1 April 2018, 32pp., $24.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781925594102
Nicola Connelly’s previous book My Dad is a Bear was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Prize and as soon as you open the pages of her newest book, Is It The Way You Giggle? you will absolutely understand the reasons for her success.
What a delightful book this is; a celebration of all the ways children express their differences. Some are sporty, others creative, some confident and then there are the quieter ones who love to investigate nature up-close. And each and every one is special.
The text is charmingly lyrical which makes it great fun to read out loud; and perhaps perform.
The illustrations by Annie White are beautifully whimsical; each page brought a smile to my face as I met another group of lively, interesting youngsters. White has illustrated over 50 books for children in her her style which brings movement and joy.
Connelly’s is a book about friendships and the love of family; diversity, inclusive play and the fun that only childhood can bring.
Reviewed by Jennifer Mors