There’s a Baddie Running through this Book

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Shelly Unwin (text) and Vivienne To (illustrator), There’s a Baddie Running through this Book, Allen & Unwin, September 26 2018, 32 pp., RRP $19.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781760630614

Upon sighting the cover of this book I knew it was going to be a story that my boys and I would enjoy. 

We were transported to a world where the baddie raccoon terrorized the other animals across the pages; stealing their cakes, briefcases, guitars and hotdogs. Vivienne To cleverly represents the raccoons escapades with illustrations which look like tears in the pages. My 5 year old delighted in identifying and matching what was stolen from each tear.

Shelly Unwin’s simple rhyming dialogue is short but effective in engaging the reader. The story is playful, fun and lighthearted; encouraging imagination and providing humour.

As I thought, we loved this story. Joyful, creative and colourful; it made story time a delight.

Reviewed by Raquel Mayman

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