Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Korky Paul Picture Books

Cherub was given The Fish Who Could Wish by John Bush and Korky Paul as one of her Bookstart books. I didn't realise until a trip to the library yesterday that this is just one of a series of picture books illustrated by Korky Paul. I brought home The Dog Who Could Dig, and like The Fish Who Could Wish, it was a hit with Cherub.

Both books have lively text and a slightly quirky story, brought to life by Paul's illustrations. The Fish Who Could Wish has an almost Doctor Seuss-ish feel:

"In the deep blue sea
In the deep of the blue,
Swam a fish who could wish,
And each wish would come true ..."

Unfortunately for the fish, his stream of extravagant wishes ends when he wishes he could be like other fish.

The Dog Who Could Dig is written in rhyme:

"Digger the dog was a bit of a clot
He'd buried his bone and forgotten the spot ..."

Digger digs deeper and deeper for his bone, unearthing unexpected items as he digs, until he finds a mouthwateringly bony dinosaur skeleton.

I think we are going to have to check out some more of the series. I particularly like the sound of Professor Puffendorf's Secret Potions.

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