Kali Stileman’s colourful, quirky artwork is rapidly earning her quite a name in the world of children’s literature, and rightly so – comparisons with Eric Carle are irresistible, but despite the apparent influence, she has a style that is very much her own (with all due credit, she points out, to her children, whom she describes as her ‘greatest inspiration and fiercest critics’). In this, the sequel to her debut, Peely Wally, a hungry little bird searches for the perfect tea, and as she rejects a succession of suggestions from fellow creatures we are reminded that what is a delicacy to one, may well be plain old “yuck!” to another. The lift-the-flap finale is a creepy crawly feast that will have your audience squealing with joyful disgust (thus proving the point conclusively).
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