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Published: Sterling - August 1st, 2003
There’s a very big rhino pouring from a very tiny teapot on the cover of this board book—and, really, do you need more proof that sometimes you can judge a book by its cover?
Here’s what’s inside. A preschool heroine who truly knows how to have a good time. She frolics in mud, dances to pop songs, plays at being a doctor, blows bubbles in the bathtub and spins to make herself dizzy. She wears comfy jeans and a stripy T-shirt, unless she’s playing dress-up with her tutu. She takes tea and makes picnics, and she sucks her thumb at the end of each jam-packed day.
Ah, jam-packed days! Like the cartoon hero Calvin, she does all these things with wild animals who are very real—except when, like Hobbs, they turn out to be stuffed. It’s a familiar trope in picture books, but it’s far from stale in the hands of Charles Fuge, a picture-book maker who lives in Dorset. He perhaps takes his tea with three sugars—like that rhino.