Title: Show and Tell
Author: Rob Biddulph
Illustrator: Rob Biddulph
Today you are in for a rhyming treat because today you are invited to Class 2L’s Show and Tell. Mr Lumsden has a prize to give for the most impressive show and tell, so everyone is bringing their A-game, except maybe Adam with his boring brown sunflower seed. It hardly compares to a pet crocodile or the queen of Denmark or… the moon! But when an alien procures the pieces for a museum the class might not be left with much to show. Or maybe that’s when they’ll discover the most unexpected object are the best of all…
Rob’s illustrations are simply wonderful from the ingenious design of the publisher page with the children’s class trays…
…to making you feel like you are physically walking into the classroom…
… and the fabulously spectacular show and tells that follow. Each spread provides a stanza of rhyming brilliance that adds humour and suspense as you can’t wait to see what the next child has brought that could possibly be better than the child before.
It’s hard to put into words how much I ADORE this picture book. This would be a great story written in prose but the fact that Rob has managed to make it appear to rhyme so effortlessly and with such originality is an absolute triumph. As I was reading, I was loving the children’s imagination, creativity and diversity, and I thought: this is one of those picture books that is brilliant because of the fun factor and the hilarity. But then, Rob took it to a whole new level by creating an earth-shattering twist that added a beautifully warm and wonderful message. This is a picture book to be enjoyed by all ages and definitely one of my top picks of 2019!
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Publication date: 8 Aug 2019
I am very grateful to the publisher for letting me read this book via Net Galley. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.