Barti and Bel Look for a Book by Suzanne Carpenter


Barti and Bel Look for a Book by Suzanne Carpenter

A vibrant picture book giving a highly original introduction to the world of books. The short text is written in rhyming couplets.


Suzanne Carpenter has written and illustrated this lively book aimed at 4 to 7 year olds. The adventures of Barti and Bel are told in rhyming couplets, and the pictures are colourful and cartoon-like with Carpenters signature collages as background. The children are shown browsing through a variety of books in their local library. Young readers, or those being read to, will, however, need explanations of some of the books on offer. See an x-ray of your bone, for example, with pictures of skeletons is not the kind of information I would expect to find in the youngest readers section of the library. Move around, get muscle tone will, again, need a little explanation of the words, though the illustrations will be familiar. These quibbles aside, children will enjoy finding with Barti and Bel cook books, books on nature, animals, and outer space, among other subjects, in this vivid and humorous book. Gertrude Clancy It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council. Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar, trwy ganiatd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru. -- Welsh Books Council

About the Author

Suzanne Carpenter lives in Newport, South Wales and her striking use of collage is the trademark of her illustrations. She has many Pont jackets to her name and the popular stories about Sglod, the chipshop dog, have become firm favourites. She regularly provides workshops for children and teachers but her Barti and Bel books are her first ventures as author/illustrator.

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28 pages
Interest Age: 4-7


Suzanne Carpenter
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Publication date

1st November 2006



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