As soon as I saw this I just had to order a copy! It’s made completely of collage!
Lavender Laine has written and illustrated the whole book completely by cutting out bits from old magazines, wrapping paper, food packaging, yarn and buttons! Talk about recycling! Even the copyright page is written in collage!
Laine’s story is about a panda called Patty who has woken up hungry but doesn’t know what to eat. She meets lots of people willing to share with her but finds that what they’re eating isn’t necessarily her cup of tea.
Each picture is made with different materials so they are all very different, and some are more abstract than others, which will encourage children to make art out of whatever they’ve got lying around.
The story is rhyming, with one verse per page, and every page is a feast for the eyes. Children can read it slowly, or have it read to them, while they study the unusual images and try to work out what they are and what they’re made of.
You really feel like you could pick at the paper and peel off the layers – not that you would. It just looks so tactile.
The story is absolutely lovely and can be enjoyed again and again. It makes the point that we are all different, and what’s good for one might not necessarily be good for someone else. No wonder it is dedicated to the Safer Medicines campaign 🙂