Monday, 13 August 2012

Peely Wally by Kali Stileman (Red Fox Picture Books)

It's easy to see why Kali Stileman's illustrative style is compared to Eric Carle's. Great colours, simple shapes and instantly engaging characters define Peely Wally but rather than just a Carle knock-off, it has charm all of its own.

It's the story of a scatterbrained bird called Peely Wally who one day lays a beautiful multicoloured egg. Accidentally knocking it off her home branch, Peely Wally watches as the egg bounces from one place to the next.

As children trace their fingers along the egg's path as it bounces between animals, and around the countryside, it's a fun way of also getting children to track and trace the simple words in the story and identify the various animal characters that the egg bounces around.

A great fun little book, possibly a little too 'young' for Charlotte but she enjoyed it nonetheless.

Charlotte's best bit: What happens when the egg finally comes to a rest

Daddy's favourite bit: Stileman's art style, nice and splattery!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

(This book was part of our Bookstart Book Treasure Bag Bundle)