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Novelty picture Book of the Year 2013 *Highly Commended* Entrants

Children will love these charming illustrated naratives

Oh No by Patrick George
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Oh No by Patrick George (PatrickGeorge, £8.99), 2+

We’ve all been there: watching in slow motion as our tumbler takes a topple, spraying liquid far and wide, or being sharply seized from slumber by cacophonous infant caterwauling – Oh no, indeed. Presenting these everyday vexations and a few more surreal scenarios in a fresh, innovative way, each page depicts a happy scene, until all it takes is the turn of an acetate leaf and… Oh No! The purple wedge on a beach ball becomes a shark’s dorsal fin and a gargantuan gorilla escapes his cage. This simple, vibrantly illustrated read is brilliant for many reasons: its wordless ability to engage the reader; its innovative use of materials; its fresh, uncluttered illustration and, most of all, its sense of humour, perfectly pitched for preschool and beyond.


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