A GIRAFFE IN THE BATH
written by Mem Fox & Olivia Rawson
illustrated by Kerry Argent
Published by Viking (Penguin), 2010
“A Giraffe in the Bath” was written by picture-book writer and legend Mem Fox (Possum Magic, Where is the Green Sheep?, Koala Lou) , and a former student of hers at Flinders University, Olivia Rawson, with deliciously stunning illustrations by the amazing Kerry Argent of One Woolly Wombat.
Though ‘Giraffe’ relies on mainly the illustrations (because the text is little), the words and actual written story of the book is so cleverly and humurously written, that my five year old brother kept wanting me to read it out, and especially because of the rhyming and repetiveness of the story. I would say that small children respond to the rhyimng and hearing the same pattern over and over again.
I have always been a huge fan of Fox’s, and own 15 of her books, mostly from when I was younger, but also a few that I have bought recently for younger siblings. She is the Queen of Words, in my opinion, and defintely the MOST brilliant and talented picture-book writer I have ever come across. And I’ve read a lot of picture books. Her astounding ability to draw children into her magical books, with her amazing talents of rhythm, repetiveness, and just, in general, fascinating stories, is a Magical Wonder. And I am sure that Australia is proud to say “We own Mem Fox. We’re her home country.”
I sure am.
I look extremely forward to seeing Fox’s future works. I am sure they will be just as dazzling as everything else she has ever done.
I suggest ‘A Giraffe in the Bath’ as suitable for children ages 0-6 and should be available in all good bookstores.
– by Brenton Cullen, who also has an interview with Mem Fox on his blog.
The Australian Literature Review