Saturday 6 April 2019

Up To Something by Katrina McKelvey and Kirrili Lonergan (Children's, Picture book, 3 years, 10E/10E)

 16th May 2019, EK Books, 32 pages, Hardback, Review copy

Book summary Katrina's website (not yet on EK Books website)
 When Billy finally gets invited into Dad’s shed, Billy thinks they’ll be working together on a building project. Soon Billy discovers he’s only going to be his dad’s assistant. It seems Dad has underestimated Billy’s talent and now it’s time for Billy to show him what he can do, and ultimately what they can do together!

Nayu's thoughts
I liked the sound of this book because I thought that both father and son would have different ideas for a racing car, and they did! I liked how the father's feelings, that Billy didn't have the right skills, were displayed. These were accurate, and I'm sure a lot of people can relate to feeling disappointed they aren't seen as being old enough or skilled enough to help with a project, but as Billy's dad discovers, lack of skills/knowledge doesn't mean that Billy should only do the sweeping. 

Most people do best when they share ideas, because they can create something that no one can do on their own. Billy and Billy's father's car were rather different, but by combining the best elements of each of their ideas they have loads of fun preparing for that all important race. It is important to watch and learn how to do something, but getting the chance to try things, even if they don't turn out great the first time, is the way that we all truly learn how to do things. Trial and error is an important part of becoming a good person, and is something that adults experience as much as children do. 

Illustrations are vital for a great picture book, and Billy's tale is no exception. I loved the watercolour effects which used realistic colours for Billy, his dad, and their dog, who gets into a bit of mischief while they are working on their project. Pet antics always make me smile!

You can find out more about Katrina on her website and Kirrili on her website.

Suggested read
To my pleasant surprise this isn't the first book Katrina and Kirrili have done together: I've reviewed their previous book about a father and daughter which was moving and has as much charm as the newest book does. Dandelions by Katrina McKelvey and Kirrili Lonergan (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

1 comment:

Janyy Scott said...

Well represented Nayuleska