This is a Serious Book by Jodie Parachini and Daniel Rieley

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This is a Serious Book by Jodie Parachini and Daniel Rieley

Category: For Sharing
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Zoe Morris
Reviewed by Zoe Morris
Summary: Silly books are yucky. It is a very good thing, then, that this is a serious book.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: January 2017
Publisher: Faber and Faber
ISBN: 978-0571329465

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If you want a silly book, this is not the one for you. This is, as the title says, a serious book. And just so there's no doubt, it shows you all the things you won't find in this book (because they are silly and this is serious). So we see pictures of donkeys pulling silly faces and doing backflips but only as a warning. They are examples to show us what we won't find in this book. For they are silly things (yuck).

The wonderful joke of this book, of course, is that everything it features is silly, despite the protests. It's like if you say to someone I don't want to hurt your feelings, so I'm not going to tell you that's an unflattering dress Ooops, too late. Every page of the book shows silly animals doing things. There isn't a story to it, and it's very higgledy piggeldy but in such a fun way. Children will get the irony immediately (even if they don't know what irony is, and without Alanis Morissette, who is ever going to teach them?) It's a naughty book but only in a ridiculous way, and there's nothing like a bit of rule breaking to get the whole family giggling.

When there's not much of a story, you really need the pictures to come through and they do here, beautifully. It can't be that straight forward, showing animals doing gymnastics, or wearing PJs, but the illustrations here are colourful and alive, with animals joyfully being silly (not serious) on every page.

I'd like to thank the silly publishers for sending us a copy to review. We seriously liked it.

This is a serious book (you got that, right?) but if you prefer silly then Toucan Can by Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis is delightful.

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