So many books. So little time.
An enthusiastic celebration of the imagination of the very young.
Bright colors, bold illustrations. The book opens with a question: "Can you see Alfie?"
"Yes, here he is! He is helping Mama-Bun in the garden."
Mama-Bun! Lovely word.
The kindly author does not keep her readers in suspense.
Sweet Alfie, lugging a watering-can almost as big as he is.
Now that the scene is established Debi Gliori takes us on a journey into the fantastical.
"Look! Alfie’s going exploring deep in the jungle."
The illustrations complete the thoughts: a bit of real, more of the fantastical. A google-eyed flying sea horse with dragon wings. A bear swinging on a vine. Jungle animals and everyday critters rub shoulders.
Absolutely possible, the young reader would say.
The story ramps up.
Alfie becomes a bouncing, pouncing lion. RAAAARRRR!
Then an elephant, the faithful watering-can his splishy-sploshy trunk.
Then a rainstorm: the watering-can sprinkling water: PITTER PATTER!
Then…slowing down. So much activity would tire anyone.
A soft summer breeze going SWISH-SWASH!
Alfie-Bird flies home. He has to "help Mama-Bun have a nap."
Alfie and Mama-Bun rest, as would the young reader, after all that activity.
What a very fun book to read over and over again.