As as a school librarian I’m lucky enough to get to share stories with all of the children in my school every week. For me the perfect picture book for sharing has to have certain qualities, it needs to be engaging enough to read out loud – some picture books definitely work better shared between two people rather than a whole room full of children. The illustrations have to be fun and eye-catching, so that children will be transfixed to the pages and not distracted by everything going on all around them. One of my absolute favourite go to books for reading aloud is anything in the fabulous, ‘Oi,’ series written by Kes Gray and illustrated by Jim Field. Every time I think they can’t possibly make the next book in the series funnier, then book along comes another one which astounds me with it’s downright nonsense and hilariousness.
Frog has a brilliant plan to create an Alphabetty Botty Book featuring all the animals he hasn’t told where to sit, all the way from A to Z. Cat is full of glee convinced frog is finally going to get his comeuppance, there’s no way he’ll manage all that but as we know with frog, where there’s a will there’s a way. The latest addition to the collection, ‘Oi Aardvark,’ is a masterpiece of silliness and comedy genius. I can just imagine Jim’s face as he looks at the wild and wacky combinations that Kes creates and tries to get his head around what a pangolin sitting on a mandolin will look like. He brings to life these bizarre and wonderful pairings with bold and humorous illustrations that really capture children’s imaginations. I can’t wait to share this with the children at school, I love how the anticipation builds through the book whipping the children up into a frenzy of excitement as they eagerly wait for the page to turn and see what comes next. This series is a guaranteed giggles creator, it’s an absolute triumph and, ‘Oi Aardvark!,’ is just downright marvellous.
Why not join in with the full alphabetical blog tour for more frog fun…
Thanks to Lucy and Hachette for inviting me to join in with the blog tour and for sending me a gifted copy of this hilarious book. ‘Oi Aardvark!’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop. If you can, please support your local independent bookshop, you can find your nearest one here