Apr 27

Review: Surprise! by Karen Andrews

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Surprise! by Karen AndrewsSurprise! by Karen Andrews
Published by Miscellaneous Press on 2008
Genres: picture book
Source: ARC received from publisher
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Hamish, Alice, Meg and Thomas are four very different children with one thing in common - they love surprises! And you will love your surprise at the end of this story!

When Hamish borrows a book called Surprise! from the library, he discovers that the nicest surprise is a picture drawn by the last borrower and left inside the book for him to find. Hamish is the first in a series of children to discover a special drawing in the book when they borrow it.

The book ends with a special surprise for the reader and includes a pocket on the back cover for children to store their own drawing. The illustrations by Kim Fleming compliment the text beautifully and are very appealing.

Australian writer and mum Karen Andrews has produced a lovely picture book sure to delight young children. I particularly like that the child who draws each picture and the one that receives it get something a little different from the drawing depending on how they themselves are feeling.

I think that Surprise! would be a lovely birthday present given to a child by another child. The giver could include a special drawing with the gift, placed in the back pocket of the book. You could also include a set of pencils and a notebook of blank paper with the gift for extra inspiration.

Surprise! would also work well as the inspiration for a pre-school or kindergarten library activity and classroom discussions about surprises and feelings. Children could also discuss things they do with special family members, as each child in the story shares the book with someone special including a father, mother and grandmother.

Surprise! is available for purchase directly from Miscellaneous Press or through book retailers.

Recommended for readers aged 4 – 7 years.

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  1. Ange Recchia

    Surprise does sound delightful. My 5yo daughter would love this as she is only learning to read now so books with lots of illustrations are perfect. Great idea adding the coloured pencils and paper… she just loves to draw and is so creative. Glad I dropped by!

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