With economy of line and limited color, Gravett introduces readers to a variety of animals and a slice of life that resonates with readers young and experience. Gravett’s books are sometimes surprising, often humorous and always intriguing. Meet rodents with concerns, a monkey and child who imaginatively make animals come alive, a traveling mongoose, and more between the covers of books by this talented British author/illustrator.
The small green dragon's evening ritual includes a bedtime story which he demands AGAIN until the parent finally is tuckered out. Red with fury, the small dragon's final AGAIN burns through the back of the book (a die-cut). Parents and children are sure to recognize the humor and see familiar behavior in this funny tale.
What’s your favorite type of dog? Is it large? Small? Soft? With stripes? Even the youngest will be surprised that the narrator winds up being a feline that introduces the host of canines with distinctive personalities. Rhyming text is minimal but extended through humorous, expressive illustrations.
Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears
It can be scary being very little especially if you're a small mouse with a big list of concerns. Droll humor is used to great effect in both text and illustration as the tiny rodent documents his worries.
Tired of the togetherness of his large family, Sunny (a meerkat) sets off to visit his mongoose relations who live far away from the Kalahari Desert. Sunny chronicles his journey on postcards until he returns home and foils a hungry hyena.
Monkey and Me
A slightly frumpy, highly energetic girl and her expressive toy monkey dramatize seeing different animals from penguins to well, monkeys. The repeated phrase "Monkey and me…" combines with animated illustrations that use few colors for great impact.
Orange Pear Apple Bear
The four words of the title (and a fifth for good measure) plus a large, plump bear conveys information about shapes and color with understated humor. Expressive illustrations contribute to the irresistible comedy.
The Odd Egg
Duck wants an egg, too, just like everyone else. He's thrilled to find a large albeit peculiar spotted egg - from which hatches a large but loving alligator and lots of understated humor. The pictures tell this animated story with verve and wit.
The Rabbit Problem
A calendar is cleverly used in this story of one lone rabbit. The tale begins in January and ends a year later with a surprise popping up for the reader. Humor abounds in the asides and added-in invitations, announcements, and Fibonacci mentions in this bouncy book for sophisticated readers.
Sophisticated readers will appreciate the plight of the rabbit that borrows a book on wolves from the library and discovers that a wolf is coming right off the pages. An alternate ending is provided (though astute readers may not believe it!).
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