What can you Stack on the Back of a Yak? by Alison Green and Adam Stower

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What can you Stack on the Back of a Yak? by Alison Green and Adam Stower

Category: For Sharing
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Zoe Morris
Reviewed by Zoe Morris
Summary: Hilarious rhyming tale that really does answer the question of the title. Recommended.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: October 2013
Publisher: Alison Green Books
ISBN: 978-1407135724

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You might be wondering why anyone would want to stack anything on the back of a yak, but the answer is simple. In this adorable tale, Captain Quack and the Yak (you’ve guessed it, this is a rhyming one) deliver post to the top of a mountain. Along the way the Yak likes to play, and, well, deviate from the track, and no matter how hard he tries, Captain Quack cannot control him. Uh oh. One day, the Yak ends up with a rather more interesting load than his usual parcels and boxes and sacks.

Not only is this a rhyme (and a great one, at that), there’s a lot of repetition in it, and a momentum than never stops building. As some things are dropped and others collected, Yak’s load changes one item at a time, like a long game of 'Grandmother’s basket', so you have to remember what’s on there already. There’s a counting element too :

Four baa-lambs, three chickens, two cowboys, sings Yak
And hanging on grumpily, one Captain Quack!

This is a super fun book about a bossy postman (post duck?) and a Yak who just doesn’t want to behave. When they get to the top, what will the mayor say? It’s touch and go for a while, until someone saves the day, thank goodness.

Complemented by classic illustrations, and set in an exciting, quite Andean looking land, this is as lovely to look at as it is to listen to, with the pictures telling the story well. It might be a bit too animated for bedtime the way I would read it, but with a softer voice you could probably make it work. Or it would make a great after lunch snuggle story for toddlers. I bet big siblings will be peering over your shoulder too. Even if they’re pretending they’re too old for it, they know deep down they’re not.

Thanks go to the publishers for sending us this. It’s simply fab.

Another absolutely brilliant rhyming tale with an animal theme is the highly recommended Toucan Can by Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis

Booklists.jpg What can you Stack on the Back of a Yak? by Alison Green and Adam Stower is in the Top Ten Picture Books of 2013.
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