Thursday, 25 July 2013

Fish Food by Andy Mansfield and Lohlein Henning (Templar Publishing)

Great papercraft with a surprise on each page? That's what you get with the fantastic "Fish Food" by Andy Mansfield and Lohlein Henning.

We initially thought this might be a bit "young" for Charlotte, with a minimal story and a very short page count but kids of any age always love a surprise - so when a wriggly worm doesn't heed the warnings of the fish swimming around in the deep blue sea, you can guess what's going to happen next.


A fish comes along and gobbles that worm up. But is that fish paying any attention to his surroundings?  No?


He gets eaten too.

As the book builds to a climax that you'll probably guess long before it arrives, it becomes a fun and jazzy look at the circle of life, the food chain, and what happens if you don't look at all the little details on each page and miss what's lurking just around the corner. EEK!

Beautifully presented as you'd expect from Templar Publishing, and fun - even for a five year old but almost certain to have toddlers and younger children enthralled.

Tell us this though. Can YOU resist opening and closing that last page spread while making "OM NOM NOM" noises? Of course you can't!

Charlotte's best bit: The biggest fish in the ocean ending the food chain once and for all

Daddy's favourite bit: No, I cannot resist NOMMING :)

(Kindly sent to us for review by Templar Publishing)