Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
Allen and Unwin (2011).
This book will make you giggle every time you read it! It takes a very simple concept - what would happen if you mixed an animal with an object? - adds some kooky illustrations and a strong design sense to create a book with lots of mixed-up animals and quirky visual humour. Try to make up your own animal pairs! Addictively good fun. Find the app at parrotcarrot.com
Parrot Carrot is just the right size for little hands, and its soft puffy cover begs to be touched. The illustrations are simple and quirky, a perfect complement to its very simple text. I think it would make a lovely choice as a gift for a new baby or toddler. Perhaps accompanied by a carrot. Or a parrot? Young readers will take pleasure in trying to combine rhyming objects for themselves.
Teaching kids to play with words is so useful for their future. It helps their spelling, their reading, and most importantly, it means they will grow up to appreciate words in all their many guises and formats. They might learn to love cryptic crossword puzzles or scrabble, enjoy writing haiku or heroic poetry, or parlay their way into a creative job in advertising. And they'll join a happy throng that simply loves to mess about with words.
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