We all know how kids love to play ‘I spy with my little eye’, so with I Spy Island I knew from the title alone that this book would be a hit. Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet have already brought us some memorable books, from a show-stopping Piñata ending in Cake to a creatively fun story in Snowball and our favourite Simon Sock of course, this partnership is always guaranteed to get a giggle from your children.
What do a glove, a banana, a bird and a bottle all have in common? They are all friends with the Island and they’re about to meet a mysterious new item that has washed up on its chin…a treasure chest!
At first treasure chest guards his treasure and makes it everyone’s top priority to help him and his important treasure to be found. Although aloof at first, before long he dives into fun new games with the group of friends. From playing catch to races and even hide-and-seek, the friends are having the best time. But it’s only when a big storm arrives that treasure chest learns an important lesson about the value of friendship, when he chooses to save his friends over his precious treasure.
I Spy Island strikes just the right balance between funny and silly that makes it a favourite to read at story time. The bright colourful illustrations will engage young readers who will no doubt fall just as much in love with the Island and his friends as we did. We can’t wait to see what washed up next and what their new adventure will be.
I Spy Island is available for a recommended retail price of R185.
Thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for sharing this book with us.