Gecko by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Brian Lovelock (Walker Books)
Raymond Huber and Brian Lovelock paired for the bee book 'Flight of the Honey Bee' several years ago. They've used the same successful formula - beautiful understated artwork with Brian's characteristic blotted/splattered paint look and Raymond's creative non-fiction style.
In Gecko readers discover a snippet of a (blue-grey coloured Tokay) gecko's daily life over three days. Gecko begins his day peeking out from a crack in a cliff. Raymond hints the gecko has to be on alert because there are many dangers in the daylight. Gecko then encounters two predators and one intruder. Through story Raymond cleverly shows us how the gecko protects itself, what it eats, and its daily routine. To accompany the story are facts (in bold) to give inquiring minds extra information about the reptile. There's a further page of information plus an index on the last two pages.
Brian created the illustrations with water colour paint, acrylic ink and coloured pencil. The whole effect is just stunning. The hardback book has gorgeous endpapers in radiant green. This book is a delightful edition to the Nature Storybook series. All Primary schools should have at least one copy in their library but would also be a useful resource for the science curriculum too. Parents / grandparents might like to buy a copy for their nature-loving children/grandchildren.
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Available 1 October 2017