Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Harold Finds a Voice by Courtney Dicmas (Child's Play International PLC)

Blazing with colour, and a good dose of "parrotyness", Courtney Dicmas' debut children's picture book "Harold Finds a Voice" is a joyful (and very noisy) celebration of a rather special little feathery friend.

Harold is absolutely brilliant at mimicking the sounds he hears at his apartment. But Harold thinks that out there, in the wide wide world, there are more sounds to be heard, more noises to enjoy, a whole bustling metropolis filled with enchanting tones.

Harold seizes his chance one morning and flies out of the window, to come face to face (or should that be ear to ear) with a whole cacophony of different noises to emulate.

But something's troubling Harold. Deep down he wonders what his own voice is like. Surely he must have one?

Expertly told, beautifully illustrated and of the high quality we've come to expect from Child's Play, "Harold Finds a Voice" will delight children of all ages (and mums and dads will undoubtedly love making all the noises and sounds in the book as they read - well I did anyway!)

Charlotte's best bit: Harold's brilliant impression of a vacuum cleaner

Daddy's favourite bit: A jubilant and joy-filled debut, Courtney Dicmas really does know how to weave an attractive tale.

(Kindly sent to us for review by Child's Play International PLC)


Zoe said...

I saw Courtney's work yesterday in the exhibition at FOyles and the colour was tremendous. Reminded me a little of Polly Dunbar's used of colours. A joy to look at.

Stella said...

I found it pretty but uneventful. It's more of the same we always see in shops and my kids won't give it a second look.

Anonymous said...

There really is no cause to be so rude. I doubt that you have ever been brave enough to create something and put it out into the world. Until you do that, you should keep your thoughts to yourself.

Stella said...

How was I rude? All I am saying is there are too many things exactly like this being published today. Also, I don't imagine you've been a politician, actor, director, writer, dancer, painter, musician, sportsman, et al, yet routinely critique the performances and decisions of those who are. People who put themselves or their work out there KNOW their work will be liked and disliked. They hope for universal praise but know there might also be universal trashing. Not all critique can be good critique, if you can't be brave enough to let people criticise SOMEONE ELSE'S WORK you definitely need thicker skin.