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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Age Range: Under_5
“It’s morning. For breakfast Pablo has a small croissant and a hot chocolate. He’s gathering his strength. Pablo has to come out of his shell. He’s too big for it now.”
This charming book follows Pablo the chick as he slowly emerges from his shell. Belgian author/illustrator Rascal has written a witty text, translated by Antony Shugaar, accompanied by simple and effective black and white artwork that progresses from page to page like an animated sequence. First, there is just a black egg, then Pablo creates a solitary hole so that he can see out, then another one follows with each subsequent page showing a little bit more of the shell being broken until finally, the last page reveals Pablo emerging as a bird after a ninth hole. Now, all he must do is find a use for the shell!
The simplicity of the illustrations in black on a white background belies the cleverness of Rascal’s book in the way it’s designed to engage young readers as they follow Pablo’s progress counting each hole that appears in his shell as he starts to hatch. The lovely absurdness of the finale is bound to raise a giggle too – a gorgeous and engaging book