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Oct 03 2018

More and more and more by Ian Mutch

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Fremantle Press, 2018. ISBN 9781925591545
(Age: 4-8) Highly recommended. More and More and More by Ian Mutch is a picture book that has a huge amount of relevance in today's society. The story follows Henry Harper who loves to collect everything. He finds Kate, who also loves collecting - just like him! They collect from everywhere and everything until their once tidy world is full to bursting and the inevitable happens. All the 'stuff' they collected is gone and now they are on a beautiful, clean planet together. And guess what????? They are happy just being together.
I love this book as it shares the notion that just being with each other, and enjoying nature and our surroundings is so much better than having stuff and collecting things we don't necessarily need. I love the explanation of the book by the publisher "this environmentally friendly fable about the perils of over-consumption calls for a realignment of our priorities from products to people". It sums it up perfectly!
More and More and More is a simple book with a big message for your young children, and Ian Mutch really gets the meaning across with some simple prose and enticing pictures. The two alien/space characters look friendly, and the colourful illustrations were interesting and engaging. Both my 4 and 8 year old liked this book and were able to pick up different aspects of the overall meaning. A great book for starting the conversation about our planet and looking after it! 4.5 out of 5
Lauren Fountain

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