A giraffe in the bath by Mem Fox and Olivia Rawson

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Ill. by Kerry Argent. Puffin, 2010. ISBN 9780670072132.
(Age 2+) Highly recommended. What imaginations Mem Fox and Olivia Rawson have! They have come up with some wonderful ideas that might make you laugh. Not only is there a giraffe in a bath, there is a sheep in the shower, a frog in the flour, and an emu on the swings.
Children will delight in the ridiculous suggestions and will have lots of fun coming up with their own ideas for making people laugh. Lots of rhyme and alliteration make the text a great read aloud and emerging readers will enjoy working out the words, which are beautifully supported by the colourful pictures.
What made this book outstanding for me were the illustrations by Kerry Argent. They are utterly fantastic and just so funny. The roo on the loo and the crocodile with style made me laugh out loud.
This book is certainly a keeper with its hilarious ideas and delightful illustrations. It is a must for grandparents and for libraries.
Pat Pledger