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.
12 thoughts on “Storytime Saturday: Du Iz Tak?”
Ooh, this certainly looks like a little something outside of the norm. Will stick it on our (ever growing) reading list for little man 🙂 Those pictures from what you’ve shown look fab! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Oh wow that is different isnt it! Not sure im convinced though but the pictures are certainly beautiful and you could always use real language if stuck! lol
I always enjoy your book reviews! I think my son would really enjoy this, he is at a stage of really enjoying odd language and sounds.
This looks like good fun, something I think my kids would have liked when they were younger.
The cover really does grab your attention. I’ve not heard of this book before x
I thought this was a German book at first! Love the idea of the made up language as that’s the way kids speak anyway! Looks like a lovely read.
I find that pictures communicate better than words sometimes, that’s why I love books with illustrations. Maybe your kid will understand it sooner because of the pictures. Good read 🙂
This looks like such an intriguing book. I think my eldest would really enjoy it.
This looks like a nice book. My daughter has just turned 1 and she loves looking at the pictures and touching books.
Wow I love the illustrations that we can see already in the pictures you shared! I’ll certainly be recommending it to family and friends with kids xx
It’s such a lovely but different book!
I’ve not heard of this book but it sounds great. Thanks for the review, they are always so fab.