Friday, 2 January 2015

Matthew Van Fleet's 'Heads'

'Heads' by Matthew Van Fleet is a rather easy picture book to read. There are very few words as the images and interactions are more dominant. However, the words that do exist highlight actions, descriptions, opposites and even rhythm. The fold-out page right at the end also gives the names of the animals featured in the book for readers to learn about what they have encountered.
So with the basic necessity of the words drawn out in the first paragraph, let me entice you with the book’s focus: the images and interactive nature of the book for readers (or adults showing this to readers). The colours are bold and the pictures fill the pages. There is an incredible amount of detail in all the animals, and with their actions displayed in the images it would make them feel alive to the reader. However, the benefit of this book is definitely its more interactive qualities for very young readers. There are textures to some animals to feel the difference between such things as hairy, woolly and sticky. The tabs that are pulled out and in (in regards to the cover) are humorous and. Who wouldn’t love an elephant sneezing snot on a proboscis monkey?
I believe this book is incredibly clever for young children and has not only the qualities necessary for young readers to spend time on each page and want to turn the pages, but has enough to discuss with children if adults wanted to delve deeper into more educational moments such as animal recognition, heads and faces, and particular actions that can be found on particular pages. However, this would probably be best suited for toddlers as older readers will not find it challenging (though they still would find it fun!).

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