I love a picture book that beautifully and seamlessly brings together different genres. Line Up, Please! by Tomoko Ohmura (Gecko Press) is part counting book, part finding out book and part humourous story. It even includes a catchy game for families to play together. And all with fantastic design and illustration and a lovely surprise ending.
Gecko Press specialises in publishing English versions of curiously good books from around the world by well-established authors and illustrators. Their books have already been successful in their own countries so you know you are in safe hands. This is certainly true of Line Up, Please!
The story, and the line, begins on the title page where the reader is encouraged to join in and see what everyone is waiting for. A frog is joining the line with the reader, labelled number 50. Turn the page and the fun begins with a line of animals gradually increasing in size and counting down in number, all labelled with their animal name and number. They are all chatting away and building anticipation. What is at the end of the line? As with any queue, the waiting causes problems and the animals start bickering and squashing up – with very good reason!
The line counts down from 50 and finally the reason for the queue is revealed in a glorious gatefold spread that will delight children – it made me beam!
50 different animals to count and identify, lots to look at and learn and a ton of wit and smiles. This book will appeal to children young and old. The word game in the middle will catch the imagination of older children and is still keeping us entertained on car journeys weeks later.
This book is a real gem! Get your copy here.
Source – kindly sent for review by Gecko Press.