Author: Benji Davies
Illustrator: Benji Davies
Tad is (almost) a frog. She is the smallest of her tadsisters and tadbrothers and has to work hard to try and keep up. Not least because the scary frog-eating fish Big Blub is never far away, lurking in the deep, dark murky water. But as Tad’s tadbrothers and tadsisters seem to be disappearing is Big Blub finally going to catch up with Tad and can Tad finally lose her tail?
Benji’s illustrations are simply wonderful, creating an atmospheric world and portraying Tad’s emotions brilliantly. I could look at them all day. Even after finishing the story the images lingered on in my mind. Right from the start you feel like you know Tad.
Benji really has thought of everything, there is even a spread with numbers counting down from ten which children will love counting along with as the tension of the story rises.
The tagline for this picture book is: “Sometimes the biggest stories come from the smallest beginnings…” and boy does this book live up to its tagline! Tad is small, the story begins small but it packs a punch with a beautifully illustrated, uplifting, warm ending that will leave a smile on your face long after you finish reading it. This story has a wonderful message about growing up and learning to do things in your own time. It would be a brilliant story to share with a child who feels left behind, left out or worried about keeping up with others.
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Publication date: 7 March 2019
ISBN: 978 0008212797
I am very grateful to the publisher for letting me read this book via Net Galley. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.