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Shortlisted Picture Book Of The Year 2012: Who Ate Aunt Iris?

How safe is a cuddly chinchilla when her neighbours all have sharp teeth and a mischievous look in their eyes?


Posted: 20 May 2012
by Catherine O'Dolan

There's a miscellany of roguish tenants in the apartment block where Auntie Iris (a chincilla) resides with her family. On the first floor, there's a grumpy clans of grizzly bears; on the second floor, there's a toothsome crocodile, and on the third floor, a crew of drooling wolves who look intent on making mischief. With a bunch of neighbours like this, it's no wonder that Iris's young nephew is sent into something of a tizz when Iris disappears, and all that's left is her hat! But as he quizzes all the neighbours, they each plead ignorance of her whereabouts: the bears have been busily watching their favourite Porridge Chef on TV; the crocodile has been entertaining a coterie of pals in his new hot tub, and the wolves have been practising their yoga.

Turns out that Iris has actually been getting aquainted with her brand new neighbours, a burly family of lions – though she's not sure she should accept their invitation: “We'd very much like to ask you around, and have you all for a meal!”

Children will enjoy the playful portrayl of different animal stereotypes, as well as the fun double entendre in the lion's words, especially as Hannah Shaw's perfect illustrations give them a gleeful glint in their eyes!

Who Ate Auntie Iris? by Sean Taylor and Hannah Shaw (Frances Lincoln, £11.99).

Who won Picture Book of the Year 2012?

There's an interesting miscellany of animal tenants in the apartment block where Auntie Iris (a chinchilla) lives with her family. For a start, there's the grumpy cohort of bears on the first floor, the toothsome crocodile on the second floor, and the lip-licking wolves on the third floor. No wonder Auntie Iris's nephew is sent into something of a tizz when Iris suddenly goes missing, and all that's left is her hat! As he quizzes bears, crocodiles and foxes, they all plead innocence – the bears are too busy watching their favourite Porridge Chef on TV, the crocile has friends making a splash in his hot tub, and the foxes are practising their yoga – but then Auntie Iris reappears. Turns out she's been getting acquainted with the new neighbours, a family of lions. Just not sure whether she should accept their invitation: “We'd very much like to ask you round, and have you all for a meal!”

Children will love the playful of different animals in this delightful picture book, especially as illustrator Hannah Shaw is masterful at creating a twinkle in the eye that suggests there's a double entendre in some of the phrases.

Who Ate Aunt Iris? by Sean Taylor & Hannah Shaw

Who won Picture Book Of The Year 2012?


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