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Jul 23 2020

Busy Kangaroo by Campbell Books

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Illus. by Carlo Beranek. Busy Books. Campbell Books, 2020. ISBN: 9781529017700.
(Age: 1-3) Push, pull and slide with Busy Kangaroo as she hops around looking at all the Australian animals and bush. She jumps up high to see a cockatoo, hops to make the quokkas smile and watches out for the crocodile. She sees the wombats burrow deep "and when it's nearly time for bed, out pops her baby's fluffy head."
This is an exceptionally sturdy board book that will stand a lot of heavy handling. The pull, push and slide tags are all marked with a yellow circle with black arrows to indicate the way that the tab works and are made of heavy cardboard.
The rhyming text will be enjoyed by the young children who are the book's audience and makes it a good read aloud and its ending will make it a very suitable bedtime story too. The little speech bubbles with a question to be answered on each double page spread add to the enjoyment of the text and pictures. Children will have fun counting the shark fins and spiders on different pages. The illustrations are cute and will appeal to kids as will the humorous little details on each page.
Pat Pledger

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