Wednesday, 20 April 2016

PB Review: Little Why By Jonny Lambert

At the back and in-between the Elders, Little Why walked in line…
…Well almost!
"Keep in line!"
Back in line, Little Why spied Wildebeest.
"Wow!" Little Why gasped. "I need some spiny-spiky special horns like those!"

Published by Tiger Tales in March 2016

Summary From Little Tiger Press
Little Why just CAN'T stay in line. There is so much to see – like Giraffe's long-lofty leggy legs and Wildebeest's spiny-spiky horns. And THEN he spots Crocodile's snippy-snappy teeth…
Look out, Little Why!
****
Little Why is a lovely book, with intriguing illustrations, exciting vocabulary and a story that's all about being perfect just as you are. Little Why wants to look like the animals he meets on a journey with his elephant herd and nobody will tell him why he can't have horns, long legs or fuzzy fur. He's supposed to stay in line, but everything is so interesting he wanders off and puts himself in danger. It all ends happily, of course, and Little Why finally discovers that he doesn't need to change.

The illustrations are unusual and rather spare, with no backgrounds, but they are charming nonetheless. The adult elephants are so big, we never get to see all of them, just a trunk or four legs, a tail and half a body. The giraffes don't fit on the page either because their legs are so long. But we see all of Little Why and his body language makes it clear how he's feeling – especially when he's sulking!

There's plenty to talk about in this book, and it gives a powerful message about body image in a very few, well-chosen words. Don't miss it!

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