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 4, 2016

The race to the beach

Anna Shuttlewood
The Five Mile Press
ISBN: 9781760067168
RRP: $14.95

This boisterous book is about children playing at a favourite day-trip destination except that the children are portrayed by animals – it’s safer that way. The zoo animals have a day off and are soon spreading across the beach on their beach-chairs or playing games on the sand. The day drags on and a race and a swim is started. As they say, a good idea at the time. Someone is soon out of his depth – but who will be able to save him? Splashy watercolour illustrations are colourful but slightly washed by the beach sunlight. A reminder to young readers to make careful choices and play safely within your abilities.