Little Master Carroll Jabberwocky
A Nonsense Primer
by Jennifer Adams
Reviewed by Helen Jiggins
This is a board book aimed at preschool children, which uses the nonsense poem ‘Jabberwocky’, written by Lewis Carroll, set to illustrations by Alison Oliver. The artwork is modern, using a tonal palette on each page, which can make the illustration difficult to see (page 2). However, the choice of colours is bold and unusual in a preschool book of this kind and makes a refreshing change from the usual primary colours in books of this type. The illustrations are large, clear and simple and as such, are suitable for the target age group. The text (wording) is in capitals throughout and this does make it slightly trickier to read. It should also be noted that parents do like their children to become sight-familiar with words and letters, preferably in lower case to prepare them for learning to read. The pages have a waxy finish, which feels good to the touch and gives the impression of quality.
Overall, I really did think this was a lovely book. The poem, the illustrations and the use of colour were all excellent. The book was well bound, felt good to handle and well-proportioned. It was let down by the use of capital letters in the text and the lack of contrast in the illustrations on page 2. My 3-year old daughter loves this book and I’m sure it will become a firm favourite with her and her twin brother. I would happily buy this book for my own children.
Available to buy from Amazon here.