Sunday, October 17, 2010

Guess What? by Mem Fox

Let me start by saying that I really enjoy this book, but it is definitely not one for young children. It's filled with off beat humour and style that only a truly simplistic story could pull off so easily. The story opens with the simple statement "Far away from here lives a lady called Daisy O'Grady". What follows is a series of simple questions and quirky (and a little creepy) pictures that gradually reveal who Daisy really is - she's a witch, but not a mean one. The pictures give you clues to the answers of the questions (all of the answers except for the last one is a resounding "YES"). The simplicity and predictability of the text would lead you to believe that this would be a great book for really young children, but the pictures seem to be geared towards slightly older children. If the text had been paired with more whimsical drawings it would be a perfect toddler Halloween book, but as it stands it would be much more appealing to an older preschooler or even young school aged child.

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