The Per­fect Thing

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Sally Morgan and Am­be­lin Kway­mul­lina, Om­nibus Books, $24.99

Grandpa sug­gests a win­try trip to the park, but Lily is re­luc­tant. She comes up with a range of imag­i­na­tive ex­cuses: “A dog ate my sneak­ers for break­fast … A bird made my scarf into a nest”. Grandpa coun­ters with bizarre so­lu­tions that he claims will be “the per­fect thing” — all en­ter­tain­ingly de­picted in bright colours. Lily gives in and the pair walk to the park to ex­er­cise their curly, colour­ful imag­i­na­tions, tak­ing trips into space and through the cen­tre of the earth: the park is indeed “the per­fect thing.” With its two lively Abo­rig­i­nal char­ac­ters, the book is a feast of move­ment and bril­liant colour.

Katharine Eng­land

AGES: 5-9

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