In Wild One ($16.95, Pajama Press), for children one to four, we discover a little girl who can slip like an eel down the slide or clap like a seal as she makes new friends at the park. We also see her crawling home like snail and gulping like a whale until finally the busy little girl is asleep and her parents say goodnight.
Wild One is a cute story by Burnaby, British Columbia, librarian Jane Whittingham, who, like her “adventurous main character…loves to travel. And every time she jet-sets across the globe, Jane takes pictures all all the cats (that) cross her path,” said the bio.
I love the illustrations by Toronto artist Noel Tuazon, who has also worked on storyboard revisions at Nelvana Animation for TV shows such as Grossology and Babar and The New Adventurous of Badou. The illustrations looks like they have been done in watercolour, which I love, and the little girl, and the animals she turns into, are realistic and cute. I can see how a child would stretch like a cat or hang like a bat.
What I also like about this book, and Pajama Press does it often, is the actual feel and look of the it.
It has nice weight to it, padded cover, rounded corners and extra-heavy paper.
Toronto’s Pajama Press is a small literary press that was established in early 2011, with its first book published that fall.
Its “goal is to produce high quality, award-winning books that are appealing to children, young adults, librarians, teachers and parents. We think our books are the cat’s pajamas!”
A copy of this book was provided by Pajama Press for an honest review. The opinions are my own.