Are you sitting comfortably? by Leigh Hodgkinson
Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN 9781408864821
(Ages: 3-6) Reading. Books. Leigh Hogkinson's distinctive patterned illustrations take centre stage in this story about a young book lover searching for the perfect place to sit and read. On each page he is sitting on a chair, but the chair itself and the page background changes. The colour palette on each page also changes, with the background and the chair showing similar patterns and tones. The boy wants somewhere not too buzzy or too fuzzy, without hoots or giant stomping boots, not too grimey or slimey and not too hot or cold. Eventually he decides that it doesn't matter where he sits, any chair is fine, because 'A book is best anywhere... A book is best when you SHARE'
Varied fonts and font size add emphasis to the reading and makes the words look interesting and appealing to young readers.
Overall, this is short and simple, the rhyme is pleasing to the ear and the illustrations, featuring a cast of beautifully coloured animals, are quite striking. Book lovers will enjoy sharing this book about the joy of sharing a book! A perfect bedtime story.