Friday, November 7, 2014

How does the giraffe get to work?

How Does the Giraffe Get to Work? By Christopher Llewelyn and Scott Tulloch, Scholastic NZ

Congratulations to Christopher Llewelyn on his first picture book with Scholastic – he starts off with one imaginative concept (animals only work at the zoo, not live there) and develops it into a riotous poem which must have delighted (and challenged) even this experienced illustrator. The excellent rhyming text introduces us to a myriad of animals making their way to work in the morning, using an extraordinary variety of methods. Imagine a lion doing a crossword on the bus, an emu jogging along the footpath, the wolf family quarrelling in the train carriage, a squirrel riding a motorbike, and a howler monkey hanging from the handrail in the metro… and you’ll get the idea. The pencil and watercolour illustrations of the animals are stunning – and I love the subtle interactions between the human commuters and the animals. I also love the sub-textual story of the poor sloth trying to get to work – adult readers can have fun nudging children into spotting the sloth in the illustrations. This book will be very popular as a read-aloud both at home and at pre-school and early primary levels; smart teachers will also use it as a resource for classroom studies of animals. Recommended.

ISBN 978 1 77543 246 3 $19.50 Pb

Reviewed by Lorraine Orman     
Scott Tulloch is the illustrator of the recent Scholastic titles Square Eyes, My Daddy Ate an Apple, On the Road to Tuapeka, Tom and the Dragon, and the Joy Cowley award winner Wooden Arms
Scott also wrote and illustrated the hilarious I Am Not a Worm!, and The Silly Goat Gruff.

Christopher Llewelyn was born in Wales, but now lives in Christchurch next to the beautiful Banks Peninsula. Chris is a natural storyteller and has enjoyed sharing his visions of the weird and wonderful with people since childhood. How Does the Giraffe Get to Work? is Chris’s first book with Scholastic NZ.

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