This book ticks all the boxes for me. It has a strong female animal character, it is quirky and clever, both in design and concept. It is a book that begs to be stroked, makes you smile and makes you think.
Hans and Matilda was shortlisted for the Little Rebel Children’s Book Award. Guest judge Wendy Cooling called it “A quirky picture book packed with humour and surprises. People, or cats in this case, are not always what they seem.”
There was once a little cat called Matilda. And there was once a little cat called Hans. They were SO different.
Matilda is a very good cat. She is shown in colourful scenes sitting quietly reading her book, watering her garden and sweeping her floor. Hans is the polar opposite, shown up to mischief in greyscale against a black background, with just a hint of red for danger.
I love the way the pictures echo each other. Matilda and Hans playing with water, both using their brushes.
But then one night Hans goes too far and causes chaos and calamity at the zoo. Can Matilda save the day? And are they so different after all?
It is hard for me to review this book without ruining it. It is hard to explain why I love it so much without spoiling the joy you will experience when reading it for the first time. So instead I will say this… Go and find it and experience it for yourself. Ask your local bookshop or library or buy it here from Letterbox Library. You won’t regret it.
Source: The RhinoReads bookshelves.