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Edward is determined to join them.
So far, he'd done little more than dig a polkadot patchwork of holes in the backyard, but then one fine day ... Edward finds, er - trips over - something interesting.
It's an egg--a very mysterious egg, containing a very mysterious should-not-be-here, what-on-earth-is-going-on kind of creature.
This adorable story of a very unlikely friendship is not only well-crafted and gently underscored with a rather subtle but delectable humour, its illustrations are truly stunning, featuring a mood palette and structure that will engage the reader and the illustration-aficionado alike.
I also adore the scientific undertones of the book, and the final endpaper featuring Edward's archeological kit is something I want to hang on my wall.
Hoping for more from this seamless creator duo.
Title: Edward and the Great Discovery
Author: Rebecca McRitchie
Illustrator: Celeste Hulme
Publisher: New Frontier, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 June 2014
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 4 - 9
Type: Picture Book