Monday, September 29, 2014
Little Big Boubou by Beatrice Alemagna (Tate Publishing)
"What IS Boubou?" Charlotte asked when we first started reading through this book. We discussed at length what we thought this funny little (sorry BIG) creature was. He has a pig's nose but he's not pink. He looks a little bit like a hedgehog but has no spines. We settled on him being a little monster though he is anything but monstrous in behaviour.
Beatrice Alemagna's perfect observations of toddler behaviour form the foundations of an entertaining and easy story of a little creature growing up. We take a sneaky peek at Boubou's daily routine, what he likes to do when playing or when in school. We came to the conclusion that Boubou was a boy, because (as Charlotte wisely put it) "Boys care about being big and strong and growing up, girls don't!" (I found this infinitely amusing, do you think she's right?)
Beatrice's artwork is quite unique, with some very clever collage compositions perfectly picking up on Boubou's expressions and behaviour (and of the other peripheral characters in the story).
A bold and colourful book again underlining Tate's commitment to publishing children's books that feel fresh and original.
Charlotte's best bit: Charley's visit to the dentist. Rinse please!
Daddy's Favourite bit: Brilliant fun for tiddlers, beautifully illustrated and told
(Kindly sent to us for review by Tate Publishing)