Thursday, 27 November 2014
Review: I Would Tuck You In by Sarah Asper-Smith and Mitchell Watley
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Released: December 7th, 2014
A charmingly illustrated picture book featuring a variety of animals each showing their babies that they love them for who they are. Includes an age-appropriate fact about each animal or its habitat.
I Would Tuck You In is a picture book with a difference. It's about how different animals of the northern wilderness care for their young offspring, and presented with animal is a fascinating fact. For instance, did you know that Snowshoe hares change from brown to white for camouflage purposes? No, I didn't know that either!
The illustrations throughout this book are lovely, all drawn by Mitchell Watley. A challenging array of animals is presented, but each illustration is a fantastic depiction of a parent and their child. The sea otters and humpback whales are my favourite - they're so cute!
Sarah Asper-Smith's text is both educational and fun, teaching children about different animals and offering facts about them at the same time. I've never known a picture book to include trivia before, so that was a welcome surprise - I love learning about animals and how they survive, and I think including facts is a really nice touch and a great added extra.
Anyone who has read and enjoyed Mark Sperring's My Little Star will love I Would Tuck You In; it's one of the nicest little picture books featuring animals, and has plenty of discussion topics hidden within its pages. But, above all, it shows children that it's okay to be different, and it's okay to stand out from a crowd. At the end of the day, you are who you are and there's no reason to change.