Reading ages: 2-5 years
Fern Anderson – Swings and Roundabouts ~ “The Hoppleplop is perfect for the older pre-schooler and for the first few years of school. It is a perfect resource to increase a child’s level of reading comprehension with the range of language complexity and how it ties between the story and picture.”
John McKenzie ~ “In this delightful fantasy designed to stimulate the imagination, careful examination of the final illustration reveals that all is not what it seems. The ironic relationship between image and narrative comes to the fore as we learn to doubt the voice of the narrator and the concept of normality! The illustrator has precisely captured this play on expectations. The cottage gardens are suggestive of utopia. Butterflies flutter and a dog lazily sleeps on a lounge chair. But there are unsettling details as we begin to read the illustrations: caterpillar handles, mushrooms growing through the floors and (surprise) a magazine entitled Saurian Way! That’s just the beginning … This is a good introduction for the middle school child to begin to acquire new skills in decoding picture books using such ideas as intertextuality, irony and double coding. Highly recommended.”
Written by Kyle Mewburn who has written lots of books for kids. Some of her picture books – like Old Hu-hu, Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! and Melu – have even won awards. Originally from Brisbane, Kyle lives in a self-built house with a grass roof in Milllers Flat in Central Otago. The Hoppleplop was Kyle’s first picture book.
Find out more about award-winning illustrator Deborah Hinde by visiting her author-illustrator page.