Review: Abigail, by Catherine Rayner

Today’s review is of Abigail, by Catherine Rayner.

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What it’s about (from the publishers): Abigail loves to count. It is her very favourite thing. But when she tries counting Zebra’s stripes and Cheetah’s spots, they just won’t sit still. It’s hopeless! What will Abigail do? A beautiful book by award-winning author-illustrator Catherine Rayner, full of gorgeous illustrations of Abigail the giraffe and her friends Cheetah and Zebra. Abigail is a perfect bedtime read with a stunning fold-out night sky ending.

Holly’s review: This book is about a giraffe who likes counting but whatever she tries to count always moves away. But then her friends show her a place where she can always count. The drawings in this book were so beautiful. I was completely blown away by them and I could tell my mum was too. This is a picture book but one of the most detailed I’ve seen. I think I like the pictures more than the actual story. I am not saying I don’t like the story because I did, but the pictures were really impressive. I think this book is very sweet but not too sugary. I would definitely recommend this book as something to read. It was just absolutely incredible.

Sam’s review: I am always excited when we get a new Catherine Rayner book to review as it feels like we’re not only receiving a lovely and gentle picture book but also an incredible work of art. Catherine is, of course, a very well regarded artist in her own right and I think it’s a testament to her talent that she can transfer her images into stories that delight and comfort children. Holly is right – I was completely blown away by the images, from the characterful animals to the gorgeous landscapes and sky scenes. We totally lost ourselves in admiring the depth of each picture and the range of beautiful colours, particularly in the nighttime scene. I was quite glad I hadn’t read the blurb that we included above as the ending was a special treat. Abigail has become a firm favourite here and I know it will be a huge hit everywhere.





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