Whoops! by Suzi Moore; illustrated by Russell Ayto (2015)

[Published by Templar]


The out-loud-reading-speed-test is a wee invention of mine, that gives a fairly accurate indication of how fun a picture book is to read aloud. It’s pretty scientific/mathematical, so I won’t bore you with all the formulae, but, in simple terms, if I find myself reading a book really fast by the end, it means it’s a winner.

As I trial-read Whoops! to my husband while he cooked dinner, I accelerated to such speeds, he nearly lost his eyebrows. A definite A+ on that test paper.IMG_1913

“This is the cat
who didn’t know how,
she didn’t know
how to say MEOW.”

It’s not just the cat with vocalisation issues, her friends dog and mouse are also decidedly voiceless. The owl recommends a visit to the old lady at the tumbledown house who will have just the spell for the silent trio.

“She went to look at her big spell book.
She cast a spell but the whole house shook.
Then the wind blew in.
And the rain came down.
And the tumbledown house
turned round and round.”

Her first attempts at spell casting are not hugely successful, so the whole process is repeated… several times. Finally everything is right with the world again, the cat miaows, the dog barks and the mouse squeaks. And the little old lady? Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out what happens to her!

A whole bunch of fun in a very stylish package.

Check out Whoops! at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Whoops! from Fishpond.

[Recommended by Pranita – thanks Pranita, excellent taste as always!]


Two little bears by Suzi Moore; illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne (2013)

two littleSome picture book collaborations are magical. In Two little bears, the illustrations, words and design, work together seamlessly to create something very beautiful.

We follow the exploits of Little Brown Bear and Little Snow Bear as they explore the world. Their stories parallel each other until the day they meet.IMG_1135

“Here is the place where BOTH bears come,

where the sea meets the river in the light of the sun.

On one side a brown bear – what can he see?

On the other, a snow bear, what can it be?”

The language is lyrical and the illustrations are breath-taking. This is a gentle and lovely picture book.

Check out Two little bears at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Two little bears from Fishpond.