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Books with clever page turns

There are cats in this book
by Viviane Schwarz
(Walker Books)
There are cats in this book announces the artist/narrator on the cover and that’s where the story starts, continuing on the front endpaper and immediately engaging readers or listeners, putting them in control of taking the story forward and determining the pace. The cats themselves then introduce themselves and take over the authorial voice as they involve the audience in their antics with balls of wool, cardboard boxes (with lids to open), pillows and a fish tank. The last one almost ends in disaster, so the reader has to rescue the cats, dry them and tuck them up under a cosy blanket, before their final, irresistible invitation to come and play with us really soon!.
   This is one of those books that sets you searching for children to share it with (not to mention those adults who hopefully will be the co-orchestrators of the endless hours of fun and frolics). Not just for the under 6s - this would be a good choice for older children with special needs.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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Accidentally on Purpose
by Kes Gray & Nick Sharratt
(Red Fox )
Fans of Daisy will delight in this latest offering – a split-page spirally bound book that starts with the divergent thinking heroine about to plonk her knickers ‘in the laundry basket’: but that’s only one of the possibilities. Alternatives (revealed by turning the bottom half of the page) include ‘on her jacket potato’, ‘in mum’s tea’ or ‘behind the sofa’. Then what will be the fate of the crunchy cream biscuit, chocolate sauce, worm or squirt of suntan cream? These are just some of the items Daisy is shown clutching as the top half of the page is turned.
  All ninety potential misdemeanours are amusingly illustrated in Nick Sharratt’s favoured dayglo colours. The brief text comprises two halves of a question, each contained within a coloured, boxed arrow caption. Endless of hours of fun and a smashing novelty book with a wide age appeal.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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