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If your child loves big wild animals then this is definitely the book for you and them.
We were given this book as a Christmas present and I am always really grateful for books because my daughter loves them and is really starting to memorise them and enjoy reading them herself. This book has lots of beautiful pictures and for me its the illustrations in this book that really make it special. It also has quite a fun little story that sums up life in the wild in my opinion.
From the back of the book the short synopsis reads as such," Great Big Elephant, Great Big Hippo, Great big Tiger - my, oh my! But can any of them catch Tiny Little Fly? Every time I read this book it reminds me of one of those David Attenborough nature programmes where the do a close up of a big animal and you see all the flies around it swarming and making them really uncomfortable. Then you see a scene where the big Tiger or the like swats them all away but they all fly back again a few seconds later. This is basically what this book is about.
A tiny little fly lands on a series of different animals and they all wink one eye and say to themselves, "I'm going to catch that fly!" Each time the fly gets the better of the animal by flying away just as they are about to strike. On the end page we see Tiny Little fly say," Tiny Little fly, winks one eye.... See you all soon, bye, everyone, bye!
What I really like about the illustrations is the depth and perception they give to the animals. For example when we first see the elephant we only see his toes but we see the fly flying towards him and so to a tiny little fly the elephant probably seems huge. Then on the next page we just see his massive trunk and the fly sitting on his nose. The same happens with the hippo and in one part he takes up two pages of the book! Near the end of the book there is a fold out section so we get four pages of the book and there is an amazing illustration of the hippo rolling around, the elephant in a stampede pose and the tiger trying to catch the fly with his mouth but you see the fly managing to get away from all of them
The paper in this book is a sort of a thick brown paper, different to regular books on white paper and I like the image this gives, I think it goes really well with the safari animal theme. THe animals all look really authentic and just like you would see in the wild. The tiger is my favourite and my little girls favourite too as we always make a raaahh noise when we read about the tiger. He is a lovely bright orange colour with great bold stripes.
The book is a paperback and is from Walker books. ISBN 978-1-4063-3097-7 and costs £6.99.