Time for another book review from my discerning one-year-old. Books that teach counting are all the rage at our house but Abigail is more than just a book of numbers. The creative illustrative styles of Catherine Rayner are what make this book a treasure.
There is not too much of a storyline to Abigail: she is a giraffe that loves to count and (spoiler) makes it all the way to ten by the story’s end. What makes this book enchanting are the gorgeous illustrations by Catherine Rayner that vividly paint the African landscape that Abigail calls home and the other creatures that live there.
In Abigail, splotchy, stylised characters gather against a soft backdrop where sky and land melt into one another. Catherine Rayner has a beautifully distinct style (remember Augustus and His Smile? Gorgeous.) and she loves to play with the layout of pictures and words. This makes Abigail a stimulating read for young minds as each page is different from the last.
Another delight is the way in which Abigail the giraffe is depicted. She is often bending down or squeezing into frame, giving us a sense of her awkward size and lanky shape. There is also a great fold out page near the end for an added surprise.
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