Kevin The Koala: Rachel Bright Jim Field 5 STARS

Author: Rachel Bright  Illustrator: Jim Field
Audience: Children 
Format: Hardcover 
ISBN: 9781408331637
ISBN-10: 1408331637
Publication date: 13 Sep 2016
Page count: 32
Hachette Australia Imprint: Orchard Books
Source: Hachette Australia
Publishers Summary (excerpt)

Sometimes change comes along whether we like it or not . . . but if you let it, change can be the making of you. Kevin the Koala discovers this and more in this delightful picture book from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside!

Review

Such a beautiful book!
This is a really lovely story that will help to teach children that new experiences can be fun, even those that might seem to be a bit scary at first:

Kevin the Koala won’t leave his tree, he feels safe and secure high above the world. Kevin is sure that if he leaves his little haven, bad things will happen. Even when his friend Wombat calls to him to come down and play Kevin makes up excuses to stay right where he is.

The story is told in a charming, lively four line rhyming style that is so easy for little ones to learn. Each rhyme is matched to a beautiful illustration rich in colour and detail, there will always be something new to look at and talk about.

The book itself is of high quality, a bright and sturdy covers encloses high quality paper meant to endure years of poking and page turning by little fingers. The size is just right for sharing the story, pictures and enjoyment, who doesn’t love a koala?

I highly recommend this book as a gift for a child of around 3 to 5 years of age, it would be an especially useful way to introduce the children of other countries to some of our Australian creatures such as Wombat, ‘Roo and Dingo.
Review copy provided by Hachette Australia

About the Authors
Rachel Bright is a writer, illustrator, printmaker and eternal optimist. She is the creator of the award-winning stationery and homewares range, The Bright Side, which has sold over 2 million cards worldwide. Rachel has written and illustrated several books for children, including Love Monster, What Does Daddy Do? and My Sister is an Alien. She lives on a farm near the seaside with her partner and new baby daughter.

Jim Field drew from a very early age with a burning ambition to 'make cartoons'. He studied animation at Hull School of Art and Design, graduated in 2002, gradually paved his way into the animation industry working as a director for Partizan in London. Meanwhile, he was also penning his way as a freelance illustrator working for editorial publications. His first picture book, Cats Ahoy! written by Peter Bently, won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2011 and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway award.
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