Ian Mutch, More and More and More, Fremantle Press, October 2018, 32 pp., RRP $24,99 (hbk), ISBN 9781925591545
Hurtling through space on his own little planet, nothing makes Henry Harper happier than collecting. He collects all sorts of things: a jar, a car, guitar, and finally, a new friend: Kate. Together they bring home more and more until their home implodes. Forced to evacuate, leaving everything behind, they discover there’s something more important — each other.
More and More and More is a short and fun read. The clever use of rhythm and rhyme makes it an enjoyable and engaging book for children, and it contains an important message: it’s friends, not ‘stuff’ that makes us happiest.
The bold watercolour illustrations are also brilliant. Henry and Kate are made-up creatures, and the depictions of them living in space and collecting all sorts of space junk are highly amusing. My daughter also loved the sketched illustrations of everyday objects on the end pages, and spent a lot of time looking at, and naming, each of the items.
A great little book for young children 2-5 years of age.
Reviewed by Bec Blakeney