Need a Trim, Jim
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This issue’s cover is from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Monkey Puzzle. Written in rhyme, this agreeable story has butterfly helping little monkey to find his mum. Scheffler’s distinctive, entertaining and strongly characterised illustrations make good use of the page as little monkey meets lots of jungle inhabitants before being reunited with his mum. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for their help in producing this July cover.
Those of you who enjoyed the rhyming story, Pass the Jan, Jim will recognise this author/illustrator partnership. Jim, who needs a trim in this new picture book, is artfully drawn, obscured by his long hair: 'He misses balls, walks into walls, and you should see him in the rain!' Jim is afraid that it might hurt to have his hair cut, so decides to escape. When he eventually gets his trim, he finds the experience quite a treat. The text and illustration are brilliantly in tune throughout this humorous book but my one reservation is the final rhyme. 'Honest, Jim, you look real SWEET.' I wonder if a young reader would agree with me?