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
Sue Whiting, illustrated by Mark Jackson
Nature Storybooks, Walker Books Aust
One of the best information book series ever published for younger children is this one. Books in the series are identified by two text threads, one of which is narrative, the other factual. Here the story tells of a day – or more specifically, a night – in the life of a platypus. It slips from its well-concealed burrow, into the adjacent stream and on to a routine of hunting in its depths – always looking for a meal. The narrative text is lyrical, the factual text direct. They elaborate each in fascinating ways. Wet watercolours fit the setting, with gloomy forest greens and the muddy colours of riverbanks and stream beds. More than clever.