When it comes to producing gorgeous picture books Rachel Bright and Jim Field are a winning combination. Bright writes the stories and Field illustrates them and the result is magical.
The Koala Who Could is their latest creation. Written in jaunty rhyme, it’s ideal for reading aloud and will strike a chord with children and adults alike.
The star of the show is Kevin, a sweet little koala who is as happy as Larry clinging to his tree and munching on leaf buns.
The problem is that he’s averse to trying anything different. Despite the entreaties of his friends he refuses to join them on the ground. His days roll by in customary style, until that is, he wakes in the middle of the night to the “worrying sound” of a woodpecker tapping away on his tree trunk. What on earth will happen next – and more to the point, how will Kevin cope?
The essence of The Koala Who Could is that change can be exhilarating, and nudge – or even hurl – us out of out comfort zones. In other words, we should all take the plunge and try something new. Just like Kevin.
The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright and Jim Field (Orchards Books, £11.99)