|On My Walk by Kari-Lynn Winters and Christina Leist|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Keith Dudhnath|
|Summary: An enjoyable tale of a sunny walk and a run home in the rain. There are plenty of positives, but also a few little touches that take the edge of slightly. It's still worth checking out.|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: October 2009|
|External links: Author's website|
A little girl is going for a walk with her mummy and her dog. They hear a horse saying clippity-clop and a frog saying frippity-frop. They enjoy all the sights and sounds of the beautiful summer's day, until it starts to rain, drippity-drop, drippity-drop...
On My Walk is a lovely tale of a summery jaunt, and the run home in the rain. The simple rhymes bring to mind The Bear in the Cave by Michael Rosen and Adrian Reynolds. Young book fans will enjoy the pace of the story. Not every rhyme is as familiar as it could be (do frogs really say anything approaching frippity-frop?) but the format helps brush over this somewhat. The structure of out then back again makes it immediately familiar, and will have its young audience joining in with it.
Christina Leist's illustrations have an interesting style of their own, mixing lino cuts with simple line drawings. I enjoyed the pictures, but the palette is rather muted - I could have done with a few more brighter colours in the mix. I know it's supposed to be the outskirts of a city, just before a storm, but leaving aside the necessary grey clouds, it makes the fun part of the walk seem more mundane than it should. The lake should be bluer, her ice cream more inviting. The underlying quality is obvious, but it doesn't grab you as much as you'd hope.
The criticisms are small, petty things. I love the general premise and most of the execution, but there are just a few little touches here and there that mean On My Walk doesn't blow me away as much as it could. There are plenty of positives and they could well click with you. Do have a flick through and see what you think. Worth a look.
My thanks to the publishers for sending it to Bookbag.
The Bear in the Cave by Michael Rosen and Adrian Reynolds and its sequel Bear Flies High by Michael Rosen and Adrian Reynolds have a great rhyming structure that children will love. For rainy day books, check out The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland and Hold On Tight, Stripy Horse! by Jim Helmore and Karen Wall.
You can read more book reviews or buy On My Walk by Kari-Lynn Winters and Christina Leist at Amazon.co.uk
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