Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis.
Carson Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities that can be found in the natural world, even in the humblist back garden. With gorgeous, exquisitely detailed illustrations that appeal to children and art-lovers alike, and a wonderfully playful invented language, we soon find ourselves speaking “Bug”… Du iz tak? What is that?
I love, love, love the idea of this book! To start with, the cover really draws you in. it makes the bugs look absolutely beautiful and sort of like they’re on an alien planet. Which, I guess, they are sort of. Also, as someone who took Linguistics at university for a year, I found it so interesting to read!
Although this book obviously has a made up language, the story is really quite simple. Thankfully! I was expecting to not know what was happening whatsoever throughout the whole book but that really wasn’t the case. The language is lovely and easy to understand so there was no confusion at all really. My 1 year old daughter isn’t going to understand but this book is aimed at older children.
Although Erin doens’t understand stories yet, she did love looking at the pictures. Each page is beautifully illustrated and is packed full of detail. I spent loads of time with Erin pointing out little things on each page and she seemed to really enjoy tracing them with her finger. Once you spend a bit of time looking at the pictures, you’ll realise just how detailed they are.
If you’re looking for something really different for your child, then this is the book for you. I’ve never seen anything like it and it’s now one of our favourites!
Published by Walker Books on 3rd November 2016.
Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this post. All opinions are our own.