Rosa has a fantastical imagination, and not only loves drawing, but makes up words, too, which is why this is in the 5-8 category: “Rosa draws her friendly fuzzy black cat. The cat is wearing a RIDONKOLOUS hat! Rosa draws the hat being eaten by a bear. The bear has the most GLAM-U-LICIOUS long hair ” … and the adventure goes on, with piggies taking pictures of peacocks in socks: the use of language is imaginative indeed. After a brief brain-freeze as her train loaded with a zillion ants goes into a tunnel, Rosa gets more ideas and keeps drawing, then realises that she has drawn all over a wall at home and Mum is looking at her – but Mum joins in, as she loves to draw, too, and all is well.
Jordan Wray, author and illustrator, dedicates this book to his Mum, because he drew on her radiator that time… He claims to have crayons as fingers, and has always loved to draw, and that is clear from the very colourful cartoon illustrations spilling off the pages in their exuberance. He is a prolific illustrator of stationery and has illustrated 2 books by Jane Cottrell (My Cat Needs Me, and My Dog Needs Me) but this is his first book as an author/illustrator. A second, a Christmas ABC, is due to be published in November, and this is indeed a promising start.