Book Review: The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race, by James Thorp and Angus Mackinnon

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This is a quirky, funny picture book, obviously about a race. The animals involved all have their own ways of trying to win, but you’ll be happy to know that cheats are defeated in the end!

The double-page arrangement of rhyming text on one page, with illustrations on the facing page, is cleanly set out, and the artwork is witty and more complex than it first appears. Very small kids might need some help with locating some of the characters in each picture, but the adults will take great pleasure from some of the weirder illustrations – the queen gets a look in, and the unicorn seems to be channeling Eeyore!

I thought it was a delightful book, and it has the added advantage of being hardback on good paper. Beatnik is a publisher to look out for. They only publish things which they like, so if your sense of humour is a little off-beat, and you like things which are well-designed and presented, you might like to hunt down other books from their list.

Reviewed by Sue Esterman

The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race 
by James Thorp and Angus Mackinnon
Published by Beatnik Publishing
ISBN 9780992249311

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