Kim Maslin (text) and John Field (illustrator), The Little Possum who Looked Up, self-published, December 2019, 36 pp., RRP $27.50 (hbk), ISBN 9780646810249
The author has a business that aims to empower people to feel more confident using digital technologies. This is one of a series of three picture books about using technology with care: tweeting responsibly, viewing inappropriate content online, and balancing screen time. Rather than watch the moon on her screen, Pebbles is seeking help to make a space ship to transport her to the moon. All the members of her family are too busy on their computers, eBooks, mobile phones, television and online games. Finally they decide to leave their screens to help and Pebbles is soon on the way in her in her newly built space ship. The text is in in rhyming couplets. The brief key message on each page is presented in large bold type but most of the text is in a regular typeface that is too light for young readers. Ages 3-5.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Douglas