Heads and Tails by John Canty is an extraordinary children’s picture book. Leveraging the natural and universal fascination that children have with animals, the book utilises hints and recognition to build a sense of anticipation on each page, that is resolved on the following page when the identity of the animal is discovered.
Young readers are engaged in the process of deduction by drawing on visual prompts and clues such as where an animal may live, what the animal may look like and sounds the animal makes. The effect is that each page presents an engaging yet accessible mini mystery for the child to solve. Accordingly, the young reader’s inevitable participation in the process of discovery is ensures the book’s enjoyment.
Out May 2017
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
This is another book recommended to me that actually came out last year. I was really surprised to receive it considering my request was for a book released over a year ago, so I’m very grateful to the publisher! Thank you.
As I love watercolor illustrations for children’s book, my friend instantly thought of John Canty and his work and equal passion for using watercolors for illustrating his children’s books. He’s a wonderful artist with great talent as shown in his work found within the pages of “Heads and Tails.”
The Children’s Book Council of Australia was bang on when they said, “Beautiful and thoughtful” when describing Canty’s book.
I love his work and his imagination and I know his book would be a continued form of entertainment for children throughout the coming years.
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