Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

Feb 13, 2016

I don’t like snakes

Nicola Davies, illustrated by Luciano Lozano
Walker Books
ISBN: 9781406342833
RRP: $24.95

A similar format with two parallel texts, but both provide factual information. In one text, in script lettering, an unnamed girl in a family that keeps snakes as pets, describes her dislike of them (the snakes, I mean) – for the reasons that most people are wary of snakes. A response, always in block lettering, explains the importance of these ophidian characteristics. The illustrations are mainly in wax crayon, brightly coloured and boldly featured. Those about the girl’s story are cartoon in style, while those clarifying the factual text are realistic. The crossed out don’t in the title reveals to the reader where the story is heading.