What’s the Time, Mr Wolf? ¦ Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
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This issue’s cover illustration is from Brian Wildsmith’s The Hare and the Tortoise (© Brian Wildsmith 1966) published by Oxford University Press and re-issued in 2007 (978 0 19 272708 4, £5.99 pbk). Brian Wildsmith’s work is discussed by Joanna Carey in this issue. Thanks to Oxford University Press for their help with this March cover.
What's the Time, Mr Wolf?
Illustrated by Andrea Petrlik
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Illustrated by Nick Sharratt
There are lots of counting books for infants and toddlers. In order to stand above the rest, a book must be unique in some way. However, rather than innovate, these two titles combine a number of approaches in a piecemeal way. Both books have touchy feely elements but instead of using them to embellish a key feature of a scene, an irrelevant object, like a ball or a cushion, is textured - my two-year-old didn’t even notice them. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star must win an award for being a nursery rhyme collection that fails to include the title rhyme – otherwise the counting element is well incorporated by the choice of rhymes. What’s the Time, Mr Wolf? is a confusing hybrid in which opposing storylines conflict.