Friday 25 August 2017

ReadItDaddy's Picture Book of the Week - Week Ending 25th August 2017 - "Hic" by by Anushka Ravishankar and Christiane Pieper (Tara Books)

Our Book of the Week this week definitely covers something that's a bit of a sore subject with both of us (but in a VERY funny way)...
We laughed lots at "Hic!", mainly because we're both so prone to getting hiccups ourselves (mostly as a result of too much giggling or tickling by mummy, who seems to find the sight of Charlotte or me doubled over in hiccuping agony absolutely hilarious for some reason).

The little girl in this book tries just about every method imaginable to get rid of her rotten hiccups.

Some of the ideas sound good on paper, but are practically impossible to carry out.

Others, well let's just say some of the other solutions are definitely things we'd never try in a million years...!

Yikes! This sounds a bit ouchy! Do not try this at home!
Mustard up your nose? Yes I guess this might cure your hiccups because you'd be in SCREAMING MORTAL AGONY! Arghhh!

Yikes! See what utter chaos can be caused by a simple case of hiccups?
This is such a fun and hilarious book, and felt like quite a departure for publishers Tara Books - in that it feels quite 'western' in comparison to their other titles. We've long admired Tara Books approach to diversity, originality and fun stories - and this one is definitely no exception, possibly one of their most approachable books to date if you are looking for an insight into just how amazing their books are.

It's very easy to see why Anushka Ravishankar is often described as "The Indian Dr Seuss" as this book is so finely tuned, with great illustrations from Christiaine Pieper, that we heartily recommend you pick it up as soon as you can!

Charlotte's best bit: She seemed to be fascinated by the idea of trying out the "mustard cure" - I think she's on her own with that one.

Daddy's favourite bit: A wonderfully funny story, a nice fusion of ideas yet still retaining that cool 'Indian' vibe, albeit with a very western-style illustrative direction applied. Huge fun though, go get a copy NOW!

"Hic!" by Anushka Ravishankar and Christiane Pieper is out now, published by Tara Books (kindly supplied in e-format for review).