Review Blog

Nov 01 2015

Green Lizards vs Red Rectangles by Steve Antony

cover image

Hodder Children's Books, 2015. ISBN 9781444920109
(Age: 5+) Highly recommended. Themes: War & Conflict; Picture Book. This very simple picture book tackles a profound question - Why does war happen? Why are we fighting? With very sparse text and stylised red and green illustrations, the Author has addressed quite serious issues in a very simple way, but in a way that provokes thoughtful discussion. The green lizards are almost Escher-esque in style, and individual lizards are unable to be identified, and the rectangles are just red! The text is also very lean - there are no wasted words! This simplicity leads to a solution that seems so logical, but it is not without difficulty along the way. Lone voices are sometimes squashed, but may also have power to change what has always been.
This is a book worth having in every library, its unique style and content need to be seen and read widely, and could be used as an introductory text with an older age group in discussions about war and conflict.
Carolyn Hull

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals 2017 longlist
CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist 2017
Branford Boase Award 2017 longlist
Children's Book Award 2017 shortlist
Infographic: Teen reading habits
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017
Newbery and Caldecott Medals 2017
ALA awards 2017
Costa Children's Book Award 2016
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates