Published: 2nd July 2019
Publisher: Puffin Books
Format: Hardcover Picture Book (Received from the publisher for review)
Meerkats cleaning, washing. Woooo! Slipping, sliding, swimming too.
Follow Meerkat Red into the burrow and join all the colourful meerkat friends for one big crazy bathtime! But who makes the biggest MEERKAT SPLASH?
When I opened my mail to find this delightful picture from Puffin Books (Penguin Random House Australia) I kid you not, I lost my mind. For as long as I can remember, Meerkats have been somewhat of a family favourite; there is just something about their quirky personalities that is overwhelmingly endearing and entrancing. I can’t believe I had no idea this book was even coming out until it turned up in my mailbox.
Meerkat Splash by Aura Parker is an adorable picture book celebrating family, acceptance, individuality, uniqueness, and of course … Meerkats! Deep within the Meerkat burrows, a family of energetic Meerkats are celebrating the end of the day with a bath that gets quite out of hand. With twelve Meerkats in one admittedly large bathtub, mischief and mayhem is sure to ensue.
Aura Parker is an Australian author and illustrator. Her illustrations are bright, quirky and vibrant as they breathe the very essence of life on to every page. With double-page illustrations, featuring mostly white backgrounds and bold colour-themed illustrations (each Meerkat is given a colour description), the images really speak for themselves as they lift off the stark white page. Accompanied by simple, rhyming text, the overall presentation is clean and inviting, allowing the cheeky story to take centre stage.
While the cover is definitely eye-catching, it is only the start of what is a superb little book with the perfect blend of playfulness, imagination, humour and story. In fact, I particularly love the endpapers that reveal the entire Meerkat burrow, the hub of the family life as each character goes about their business. Despite having read this book multiple times now, each time I go back to read it again, I notice something new so the story feels fresh and invigorating every single time. A point, I think parents of young children are going to particularly love.
Meerkat Splash is a fantastic picture book for young children( especially for those that might need a bit more coaching to get in the tub) and the young at heart. It’s playful, cute, and just a really good feel-good read.
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