Yak and Gnu by Juliette MacIver, Illus. Cat Chapman.
This rhyming picture book is a beauty that demands to be read aloud. It also has more than one gnu and allowed me the luxury of saying “what a gnuva gnu’ in memory of a Flanders and Swan song of yester year.
Yak with his captain’s hat and gnu with her green pearls are the best of friends and feel they are unique. Yak naturally has a kayak and gnu a canoe. What gnu hasn’t?
They are sure they are unique but a trip down the river to the sea puts paid to their common belief. They discover a goat in a boat, a calf on a raft, a snail setting snail and among others a rat and her clan on a catamaran. My favourites are the giraffes in their hovercrafts and an ocean cruise full of yaks and gnus.
” does it matter smiled gnu. Who cares my friend when I have you” Wonderful finish.
The rhyming text is never forced and Cat Chapman’s water colour illustrations are perfect. Check out the giraffes in their hovercrafts wearing sunglasses. Just superb.
This is a picture book team that is going places. Don’t miss this one.