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Bruiser Written and Illustrated by Gavin Bishop

Bruiser by Gavin Bishop. Illus. Gavin Bishop. Published Random House. 2011.

You have never seen a Gavin Bishop picture book like this before. His written text is as tight as it ever was but his illustrations break new ground. They have almost a collage feel about them. See for yourself.

Bruiser is a digger with one obsession, nothing is going to stop him building a motorway. He runs roughshod over everything until one day he disturbs a mother bird and her hatchling and has a change of heart. We all need to learn that we can change and that life is not only about us, particularly in environmental matters. Good lessons to be learned here.

Bruiser is a hot head and his colours of strong orange and black accentuate this. The environment around Bruiser is bright blue green and yellow but Bruiser doesn’t see it. All he sees is his power to make a motorway. When he comes unstuck Bruisers powerful colours seem to change to a more caring and thoughtful mode.

I had to read the book three times before I made my mind up, but I like it. It has high boy appeal and that is a good thing.

Essential purchase for all primary school libraries and for the home where boys can pick it up and read at will.

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